Fast Company's Mark Wilson shares an unexpected side affect of playing Pokémon Go: a newfound appreciation for local architecture.
The viral, 'augmented reality' smartphone game that has prompted players of all ages to hunt through their cities for cartoon monsters simultaneously works as an interactive city map, leading users to impressive buildings, street murals, and historic landmarks. Many have taken to documenting their discoveries on social media platforms including Instagram and Twitter.
This is very much by the game’s design. Before Pokémon Go had any Pokémon in it, it was a location-based, turf-claiming game called Ingress. As John Hanke, VP of Niantic Labs, told the Guardian in 2014, he "wanted people to look around with fresh perspective on the places they passed by every day, looking for the unusual, the little hidden flourish or nugget of history."