Director of Education Maria Lester reports that The John Updike Childhood Home is now an official PokéStop, thanks to docent Maria McDonnell.
What’s that, you ask?
Pokémon (an abbreviation for “Pocket Monsters”) is a media franchise founded by Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. With the concept created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1996, what began as video and trading card games (there currently 901 different Pokémon to collect) quickly expanded into movies, television programming, a theatrical musical, and, in 2016, an augmented reality mobile game.
According to the Pokémon GO Wiki, “PokéStops are one of the most central and recognizable game elements. They can be seen and accessed only in the Map View, as they are real-world landmarks in places such as historical markers, monuments, art installations, churches, etc.”
But be careful, gamers. Internationally, there have been numerous accidents attributed to drivers and pedestrians who were so busy looking for PokéStops that they weren’t attentive to their surroundings.