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Oh tears...

Turns out my phone doesn't have a gyroscope, has an accelerometer but no gyroscope so no AR. (it's a new top mid-range phone too... oh well)

On the plus side... my flat is within range of a PokeStop.
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I'm playing. My sons are playing. I don't understand all the talk about tresspassing and not watching where one is going. The landmarks are clearly defined for pokestops. And one doesn't readily chase down a pokemon. It shows up on the screen and you press on it.

Where I live has numerous historical landmarks. It's great to see people out and about at parks. My oldest showed me a screenshot of a historical city where he was yesterday for camp. The community is lined with stops. And it's a good place for a family day, anyways.

A pokestop is google earth placement of landmarks. And you spin the disc. Collect supplies. Need supplies to catch pokemon.

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I'm playing. My sons are playing. I don't understand all the talk about tresspassing and not watching where one is going. The landmarks are clearly defined for pokestops. And one doesn't readily chase down a pokemon. It shows up on the screen and you press on it.

Where I live has numerous historical landmarks. It's great to see people out and about at parks. My oldest showed me a screenshot of a historical city where he was yesterday for camp. The community is lined with stops. And it's a good place for a family day, anyways.

A pokestop is google earth placement of landmarks. And you spin the disc. Collect supplies. Need supplies to catch pokemon.
After just spending an hour walking around catching pokemon, I agree that to be honest there isn't much issue being aware of surroundings... just need to check screen every so often & it vibrates when a pokemon appears anyway.

Although, I can appreciate for those who can use AR, that looking at pokemon that way might be distracting in the short term. Handy trick is you can tap on a pokemon & then it won't disappear even if you keep walking until you catch it. At least with AR turned off.

I was surprised at how much walking is needed to find pokemon. My first jaunt took me 2 miles.

I think I spotted maybe 3 people playing... although as of yet, not accosted anyone to ask!

It's great the sort of little landmarks it can lead you to... spotted a few things I've never seen living here my whole life! Also found an honorary Spanish consulate!
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I've spotted more people than I can count, playing the game. I did notice some taking a tour through the historical part of my community. My youngest brings his ds, though, he gets a little more frustrated than usual when there have been glitches, never mind the glare of the sun on the screen.
I'll need to pack a bag of waters and snacks for an upcoming trip. The screenshot shows that it will be a hike. Which is great because these are things that I like to do, but the kids were typically "bored."
It also gets them out of the house more. My neighborhood park has a gym. Of course, as of this morning my team has it. Haha. My oldest and his friends take it back each night before it's time to come home.

Added note. I've been back to the community where I work. The kids there are all bicycling around town together. It's great to see kids out more often for a change.
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Definitely seen other people playing now!

Seems pokemania is here just as much as anywhere else. At lunch there must have been nearly 20 of us near 2 lure modules & even 30 mins ago at 8pm, there were 10+ people at the park where a lure module was.

Crazy.

Only downside side was, tonight connection was horrible over 4G. Was ok in the morning/early afternoon though so I guess those are the times to play it here.
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I'm playing. My sons are playing. I don't understand all the talk about tresspassing and not watching where one is going. The landmarks are clearly defined for pokestops. And one doesn't readily chase down a pokemon. It shows up on the screen and you press on it.

Where I live has numerous historical landmarks. It's great to see people out and about at parks. My oldest showed me a screenshot of a historical city where he was yesterday for camp. The community is lined with stops. And it's a good place for a family day, anyways.

A pokestop is google earth placement of landmarks. And you spin the disc. Collect supplies. Need supplies to catch pokemon.
anyones home can be listed as a landmark\point of interest. short version our home was listed as a landmark by the previous owners due to the age of the building and they did not want the city to tear it down.

google landmarks are any point on the map that is a point of interest ie anyone who has posted pictures of their homes online and got many likes for it, any place where people visit, any place that is a place of history. any place that had any thing to do with any historical event, or a park, school, police station, fire station, lighthouse, (much of the state of NY is a free for all simply because its main park (the Adirondack Park) spans many counties, towns and cities and mountains.

one such example of a private home being listed as a landmark is any home that is on the underground railroad route from back in the days when black slaves left the south and migrated north for freedom.

my point NY has many private homes that are listed as "landmarks" it can be something so simple as their home is close to the boardwalk or their home used to be a school house, light house or just because the owner registered their home as historical due to the homes age and when it was constructed.

my home is considered a landmark on google because it used to be a school house and the previous owners got it registered after hurricane sandy so that it would be restored rather than tore down.

I know someone else who is also having the same problem because her home is close to central park. the GPS\google mapping is showing her home as being in central park when it isnt.
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did some more checking on this google gets their list of "landmarks and points of interest" from what is being google searched, when people do a google search it becomes a topic of interest\ point of interest, whats trending now and other lists that makes that item show up when someone types in something in the search bar. just the dynamics of how google and google maps and gps services and in general how the internet works.
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I played for like ten minutes, and I couldn't catch one! Call me stupid but I can't seem to get them in my ball. So I deleted the app frustrated and feeling stupid. I heard its a big hype, but I don't want to be walking around strange neighborhoods and such.

Oh yeah here in NY, there have been several accidents related to Pokemon GO. Not the safest thing I think.
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Okay guys, fess up time from me - I have not a clue what this craze is all about.

Could some kind soul plainly write an idiots guide for me please?
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