Exploration at the Heart of the Pokemon Experience
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In a fascinating article on Polygon.com on the evolution of Pokemon, Evan McIntosh delves into why Pokemon has embraced travel, tourism and a sense of adventure from the get-go.
“Tourist themes have always been present in Pokemon — including a need to be responsible — but Go seems to be a part of a larger movement that began with Black and White and continues with Sun and Moon,” writes McIntosh.
He notes that “much has been said about the connections Pokemon has to the real world: Going beyond the series’ early linkages to its home country, Pokemon has recently become quite outward-looking, with apparent nods to the United States and France, both major tourist meccas.”
Most importantly, McIntosh says that, from the beginning, Pokemon has inspired people to travel.
“When I think back to how I envisioned encountering Pokemon in the real world as a child, Pokemon Snap is the game that defined my daydreams. More than anything, Pokemon, both in its main entries and its spinoffs, has succeeded in making people wish they could travel.”
For a more in-depth look at Pokemon — past and present — read on here.
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