Where to GO for Pokemon: Uni hosts first Poke-walk

CATCH ‘EM ALL: Alayna Cole hunts Pokemon ahead of USC’s first Poke-walk.
CATCH ‘EM ALL: Alayna Cole hunts Pokemon ahead of USC’s first Poke-walk. Warren Lynam

IF YOU'RE looking for a Beedrill to add to your Pokemon GO collection here's a tip: Beedrill is known to hang around the University of the Sunshine Coast.

And it's not the only Pokemon poking about.

With four Pokemon stops right next to each other outside the USC Art Gallery, there are plenty of Pokemon on campus, and they're already drawing a crowd.

USC's Serious Games academics Alayna Cole and Vikram Saran are among plenty of serious fans already catching Pokemon on campus, and now they are bringing more gamers together to hunt.

Ms Cole downloaded Pokemon GO the day it came out and has been part of the team behind USC's first Poke-walk, to be held on Friday.

"I really like that it gets people outside and interacting; it creates common ground," she said.


Pokemon have been known to gather outside USC’s Art Gallery and Building J.
Pokemon have been known to gather outside USC’s Art Gallery and Building J. Warren Lynam

Mr Saran, who has been a Pokemon fan since the franchise began during his childhood and is now co-program coordinator of USC's Bachelor of Serious Games, said Pokemon was always about bringing people together.

"Pokemon has always been a thing that strived for creating a sense of community," he said.

"It's always been about driving community to talk together, trade together, battle together."

While the newest Pokemon instalment, Pokemon GO, has captivated the western world, Mr Saran said the game was bringing people together physically, sending them to Pokemon hot-spots in search of new additions to their collections.

And, according to Mr Saran, there are plenty of Pokemon to catch on campus.

Apart from the hot-spot outside the art gallery, the USC Gym is also a Pokemon gym, Rattatas have been spotted in the Brasserie and a Slowbro was bagged near building K.

Pokemon trainers have been sharing their catches and tips for playing on campus on the Pokemon Go at USC Facebook page.

Mr Saran said while Pokemon GO was primarily about having fun, the benefits could have a much greater reach.

"In general with Pokemon GO the amount of walking and getting outdoors that has been happening has been fantastic for mental and physical health," he said.

"There's been some really promising outlooks around games that get people outside."

The USC Poke-walk will be held on Friday.
The USC Poke-walk will be held on Friday. Warren Lynam

Whether you're after a reason to exercise, a way to meet people or you just want to cross some more Pokemon off your list, join the USC Poke-walk on Friday, July 22 from 3.30pm.

For more information visit the USC Poke-walk event page on Facebook.

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