The Pokemon Go phenomenon has swept much of the urban world, but the location-based augmented reality game is not all that if you’re in a more rural or remote location. Never mind, an alternative GPS-related treasure hunt game is out there waiting for your discovery. Geocaching has been around for a while, and has an obsessive following – perhaps not quite to the level of Pokemon Go’s success, but it’s popular in its own right. With over 2 million geocaches hidden around all corners of the planet, it helps inspire people of all ages to get out and explore the world, or your own backyard. If you haven’t heard of it or are curious to learn more, check out this video for an overview.
Here’s a transcript of the video:
“Stuck in the country without a single Pokemon in sight?”
“Well, since way back in 2000, adventurous travelers have been playing their own GPS related game, and it’s way cooler than draining your cell battery or waiting for busy servers to come back online.
Rather than aimlessly walking around built up areas, hoping to stumble upon a rare Mr Mime or a Porygon while catching yet another Pidgey, why not instead search for Geocaches? Head on over to geocaching.com or download the Geocaching app and check out what hidden geocaches are located around your area? There are 2 million hidden all over the world!”
“What’s a geocache, is it some kinda mutation of Geodude?”
“A Geocache is a container that has been hidden at a location whose coordinates have been posted on the Internet. They all vary in shape, size and difficulties. After finding one, sign the logbook, trade knick-knacks, if you want, and log your find online.”
“Oh, cool! It’s like a secret treasure hint!”
“Yep, and now that you know what it is, you’re no longer a muggle!
And unlike Pokemon Go, geocaching isn’t only limited to urban areas. It can also bring you to some pretty crazy places away from civilization! Some people leave some pretty neat Knick-Knacks behind too and there’s a story behind every cache.”
Geocaching is a way for anyone to experience an exciting treasure hunt (with a real payoff) that just might help them feel a little bit more connected to the world around them.
“Well I’m gonna start right now! Wow, there’s one just 50 meters from here!… Oh, hold on, a Growlithe just spawned…”
“Well what do you think, is Geocaching a better alternative to Pokemon Go? And if so why?
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