The problem with Pokémon games isn't so much that they're for kids -- undeniably, they're fun as hell no matter how old you are. The real issue: they're so addictive that you'll find yourself not bathing and swimming in piles of take-out boxes amid your quest to catch 'em all. And now, the addiction is about to go mainline, as the latest Pokémon game will be free on every smartphone.
Goodbye, battery life and social life.
As reported by The Verge, the augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, is already available in select countries, including Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, two of the games' largest markets, the US and Japan, don't have Pokémon Go quite yet -- though you can check them out in the App Store and the Play store.
If you're unfamiliar with augmented reality, fear not. This is an explainer article, of sorts. In a Poké Ball (as opposed to nutshell): you install Pokémon Go on your phone. As you walk around in the real life, you'll encounter Pokémon, kinda like how Ash did in the virtual world. Water types live near water, ground types live on the ground, and Jigglypuffs live near Chris Christie.
OK, that last one's made up. But let the official Pokémon Go website explain further:
"As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you're near a Pokémon. Once you've encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone's touch screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run away! Also look for PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments, where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items."