These Apps Will Make You a Better Human (Environmentally Speaking)


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A Pokemon Go user plays the game while on a hike at Zion Canyon, Utah. Image: Tydence Davis, CC BY 2.0

Can games like Pokemon Go get people to care about their smartphones and nature at the same time? University of Tasmania’s Jessie Buettel and Barry Brook explore how augmented reality games can be a force for conservation.

Anyone who has been outdoors in a populated area in the past month will be aware of the massive success of Pokémon GO, which has rocketed to the top of the gaming charts.

People have been avidly collecting Pokémon creatures in various media formats for two decades, so it was a logical move to use smartphone technology to turn the franchise into a “mobile augmented reality” (MAR) gaming app.

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