Just before the Cross Country Checkup conversation on digital friendship started on Sunday, Pokémon Go players in Peterborough, Ont., were hard at work and play. They were picking up litter around the city while playing the popular new app.
Jessica Correa was one of the organizers of the garbage pickup, and she said that the event vastly exceeded her expectations. "The event exploded on social media locally," she said.
"[The game] was a great incentive; we had tons of people come out."
The game itself involves a lot of walking; players amble around the real world searching for fictional animals, called Pokémon, to catch, or to collect items at Pokéstops, and to hatch eggs, all using augmented reality software.