People Are Genuinely Preparing To Play Pokémon Go During Hurricane Florence
Do you want to be the very best, like no-one ever was? Most Pokémon Go players talk a good game about how devotion they are to catching them all, but some players are abandoning all sense and proving their dedication by preparing to play the game in the middle of a hurricane.
Hurricane Florence has just hit North Carolina in the United States and has the potential to be incredibly deadly as it continues moving down the East Coast. But despite repeated warnings to evacuate or make sure their homes are safe, some intrepid Pokémon trainers are trying to work out how to keep playing their favourite game during the storm.
"Does anyone know how I could hatch eggs at home? Any ideas to get some more distance in?" asked Reddit user and Virginia Beach resident the_skin_walker. "I hate the idea of cheating but I am desperate to get these Pokémon." the_skin_walker noted that they don't live in the direct path of Hurricane Florence but will nonetheless be forced to stay indoors by extreme rainstorms.
Amazingly, fellow Pokémon Go players stepped in to give the_skin_walker some genuine advice on how to keep their step count up while relegated to their house.
User SuperSmashDrake offered the following: "If you have an Apple Watch you can use the PoGo app on it. It counts footsteps instead of GPS movement." Sleepylyoness elaborated with some cheeky tips, pointing out that "you don't even have to walk with your watch on! Just move/flail your arm with the watch around. Also you can be cheeky and attach your watch to the ceiling fan ;)"
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Hey, desperate times call for desperate measures. Only Chappers88 made it clear that Pokémon really shouldn't be your top priority during a natural disaster: "Your safety is more important than this game."
Elsewhere on r/pokemongo, DakotaBookWorm expressed concerns that the hurricane would stop them from taking part in the current Ultra Event.
"Could you please move the ultimate event for the East coast... I would hate for anyone to miss such an amazing event that we all worked so hard for!"
Apparently when you're close to catching a Zapdos or Lugia, it's hard to care about much else - even your own safety.
For hurricane advice you should actually follow, you can view the CDC's preparation guide online.
Words by Tom Blagden
Featured Image Credit: NASA/Niantic