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Pokémon Go: benefits, costs, and lessons for the conservation movement

Abstract:

Pokémon Go, an augmented reality (AR) smartphone game, replicates many aspects of real-world wildlife watching and natural history by allowing players to find, capture, and collect Pokémon, which are effectively virtual animals. In this paper, we consider how the unprecedented success of Pokémon Go as a smartphone game might create opportunities and challenges for the conservation movement. By encouraging players to go outside and consider various aspects of virtual species’ biology, the game...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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10.1111/conl.12326

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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Oxford, SSD, SOGE
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Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Conservation Letters Journal website
Volume:
10
Issue:
1
Pages:
160–165
Publication date:
2016
Acceptance date:
2016-10-24
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ISSN:
1755-263X
Pubs id:
pubs:656703
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uri:2b0fa0f1-2548-490a-ba63-b2847364617b
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uuid:2b0fa0f1-2548-490a-ba63-b2847364617b
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pubs:656703

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