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I hunted Pokemon by two of the world’s most famous landmarks and all I caught was a lousy Zubat

Nick Ross | July 11, 2016
Sydney deserves better

If you’ve not seen it, the new Pokemon Go mobile game lets you walk around town interacting with local landmarks via your phone’s screen. You’ll likely find plaques, artworks and other local facts about where you live and work that you never knew existed. And then, every once in a while, a wild Pokemon will appear on the ground next to you (it’s invisible but you can see it on your phone’s screen) and you’ve gotta catch it by flicking Pokeballs at it.

There are some exotic Pokemon and many boring ones. Perhaps I was hoping for too much when I stood beneath Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge, looking out across the water to the enormously-famous Sydney Opera House only to be notified that the wild Pokemon that had appeared was this.

A wild Zubat appeared. In front of Sydney Opera House while standing under the Harbour Bridge.
A wild Zubat appeared. In front of Sydney Opera House while standing under the Harbour Bridge.

Got it!
Got it!

Come on guys. I walked down a steep hill after a spin class to get that. I’m not looking for pity but Sydney deserves better.

Should be a Pokemon Playground.
Should be a Pokemon Playground

.How Sydney Harbour Bridge (and Tunnel, left) appear in game.
How Sydney Harbour Bridge (and Tunnel, left) appear in game.

Meanwhile, a walk around the North Sydney shore – as with many places – is really quite eye-opening. This game really is a great entry into orienteering and discovering information that you simply didn’t know about.

A plaque I must have walked past a million times.
A plaque I must have walked past a million times.

My friends got married next to this but it barely registered at the time.
My friends got married next to this but it barely registered at the time.

The game is pretty rough in terms of accuracy though. Here the game said I was in the middle of the Harbour while I was actually standing here.

Sydney's famous Circular Quay as seen from the water, apparently.
Sydney's famous Circular Quay as seen from the water, apparently.

 

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