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The Scott Pilgrimage Project: Global Culture, Psychogeography and Gaming the City

At the peak of the Pokémon Go craze a magical thing happened: people started to connect with their cities. Packs of enthusiastic Pokémon hunters spread to every corner of the urban landscape and beyond in the hopes of catching that special virtual critter for their collection. The game tapped into our primal urge to hunt and gather and, for a time, completely altered and disrupted the tired patterns of how we interact with our cities and each other. Families spent time together in the great outdoors, people learned to walk again and, in an unexpected boon for citizenship, folks discovered public art, cafes, monuments, parks, and neighborhoods in their own cities.

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