Q and A With Gaming Culture Expert On Impact Of Pokemon Go

7/29/2016 - Associate Professor of Communication Cuihua (Cindy) Shen on Capital Public Radio.

In the past couple weeks we’ve seen “Pokemon Go” explode across the nation, taking over parks, bars, streets and historic landmarks. Some estimate the augmented reality game where players capture virtual creatures in the real world, is now more popular than Facebook and Minecraft.

People who grew up with video games will remember other gaming crazes; like in the mid-2000s when “Dance Dance Revolution” got people moving or more recent phenoms like “Angry Birds” and “Candy Crush.” In one week “Pokemon Go” is estimated to have surpassed all these games in daily active users.

The game takes place in the real world, getting players moving and socializing around public spaces — what does this mean for the culture of gaming and society as a whole? UC Davis Professor Cuihua “Cindy” Shen, a media and game expert, looks at the latest.

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