Nine things you’ll probably experience while playing Pokémon GO
’Tis the season to catch ’em all!
You’ll score points (no pun intended) with people for knowing how to download the game.
Since Pokémon GO isn’t officially available in Turkey yet, users hereabouts have to download it using international app stores – which puts you, as an English speaker, at a great advantage… if you know which sites to use, that is. We suggest acting quick to make the most of your newfound power, as the game will likely be available in Turkey before too long.
You’ll notice you’re surrounded by Pokémon hunters when you least expect it. With their slow, zombie-like steps and telltale finger movements as they try to throw a Pokéball on their phones, it’s only a matter of time before you’re able to recognize a Pokémon GO user from miles away. It’s like that feeling of running into someone from your own country or even town while traveling in Turkey, but we can almost guarantee that you’ll get used to it much more quickly – after all, Pokémon hunters are everywhere.
You’ll grow aware of structures and details you pass by everyday but never noticed before. Graffiti works, busts, monuments and many other historic structures turn into prime Pokémon-catching locations on the game’s map – which means you’re likely to develop a keen sense of awareness about places you never even knew existed!
You’ll start to notice people behaving differently in busy districts like Taksim, Nişantaşı, Beşiktaş and Kadıköy.
Our advice is to pay attention to where you’re going so you don’t collide with an Ash Ketchum.
You’ll start to notice a new bond forming between you and total strangers. Whether you’re sucked into the Pokémon GO madness or not, it’s an undeniable fact that the game is getting people to socialize one way or another – whether it’s going hunting together or simply congregating around Pokémon gyms and Pokéstops.
You might get lost in areas you thought you knew like the back of your hand. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your phone’s battery level as you’re chasing Pokémon; otherwise, you just might find yourself on an unfamiliar street with a dead phone and no clue as to which way to turn.
You might find yourself left out of the conversation if your phone doesn’t support Pokémon GO. Seriously, though, don’t you think it’s time to get a new phone?
You might find yourself in trouble with unsuspecting locals thanks to Pokémon GO. You might have heard about the Turk who was arrested for trying to catch Pokémon in front of the police station. Let his experience be a lesson to you, and watch out for anyone who might mistakenly think you’re trying to take their photo as you point your phone towards them. In fact, we recommend memorizing this Turkish phrase just in case: “Telefonumda oyun oynuyordum” (“I was playing a game on my phone”).