There’ll be Music in the Park this evening. And then there’ll be an After-Party.

A local gaming group will be meeting at the Gyro Park bandshell around 8:30 this evening to participate in a Pokémon GO Lure Party.

For the uninitiated, Pokémon GO is a location-based augmented reality mobile game that allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear throughout the real world.

The downloaded app makes use of GPS and the device’s camera. Augmented Reality places the characters from the game for players to see on the phone’s display, blending the real world and the game world. The game is free-to-play.

“The app allows users to catch virtual Pokémon around the world,” explains Brent Kolybaba, the organizer of this evening’s event.

“It puts Pokémon into our real life.”

The virtual Pokémon, he said, are located around the world, although generally in more populated places near points of interest.

“I’ve actually travelled out to the middle of nowhere and there’s nothing out there” he says.

“(The game) kind of knows how many people are around, spawns Pokémon for the area that you’re in and depending on if you’re in the mountains or the plains or whatever area it only spawns certain ones.”

The lure party is an attempt to attract Pokemon to the Osoyoos community.

“There are Pokestops around town — areas you can go to catch the ball you use to catch the Pokémon,” Brent says. “Inside the Pokestops you can put in what’s called a lure, which attracts Pokémon to that area.

“The lures allow everyone to see the Pokémon that come. Multiple people can benefit from it.”

“The fountain is a stop, the bandshell, a couple of the benches down along the pathway are stops,” Brent says.

The Lure Party gets started after the Music in the Park concert ends and will likely run until midnight. All are welcome to attend, although the game is most popular with the 24-30 crowd — young adults who grew up watching Pokémon on television in 1990s.

“Three-quarters of the people we meet in town who are playing the game are from out of town,” Brent says. Gamers are easy to spot: they’ll be wandering around, keeping one eye on the traffic and the other on their smartphone.

Interested in participating? You can call 250-689-0647 for more information.


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