Science Twitter is totally into Pokmon Go, and not just because most scientists are nerds who played the games, collected the cards, and watched the show when they were kids. Instead, theyre seeing it as an opportunity to help people get closer to nature.
The LA Times reported that many researchers are using a hashtag #PokeBlitz for people who run into actual animals while catching virtual ones to get some species identified.
And its actually working!
Some naturalists are even reaching out to people who arent using or dont know of the hashtag.
Another group has splintered off to create a Pokdex-style index of their animals of study using the #PokemonIRL hashtag.
And, once people get sick of playing Pokmon Go (if they ever do, that is) perhaps theyll be interested to know that theres a non-augmented reality Pokmon Go-style game thats been around for literally centuries.