Playing Pokemon Go on a Wheelchair
There is a fairly new mobile video game that has caught the attention of everyone young and old. This game is designed to be used outdoors as it uses Google Maps to determine where they place in game locations for users. But there is a big problem with the design of the game: It is not as wheelchair friendly as it should be.
An excerpt from The Mighty’s Emily Coday article:
“I didn’t play Pokemon as a kid, but I downloaded the game when my friends started raving about it. I quickly realized there would be problems once I began to play: it was designed for people without physical disabilities.
The first night I played the game I limped to the park with my friends to catch Pokemon. Due to postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), one of the conditions I have, I had trouble catching Pokemon.
At least for a beginner, the game required standing still in place to catch Pokèmon. I can’t stand still for long or else I faint, but sitting down and standing up over and over again wasn’t an option either. I quickly began feeling badly as my friends bounced around easily succeeding at the game.”
Another snippet from a Kotaku article that stands out:
“Physically handicapped fans of the Pokémon franchise, however, are struggling to love a Pokémon game in which movement is a crucial mechanic.
Some wheelchair-bound fans of the Pokémon franchise say that important game mechanics like frequenting PokéStops for items and gyms for battles, hatching eggs and even traveling around to catch rare Pokémon are exponentially more difficult for them.”
Some tips and tricks for wheelchair users playing Pokemon Go: