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Adventures in AR Games
With Holly

@PkmnMasterHolly dishes about all things Pokémon GO and her thoughts on the future of augmented reality apps.

Photo of Holly Patterson holding her pokemon go camera up to eye-level to find pokemon via augmented reality. Photo of Holly Patterson holding her pokemon go camera up to eye-level to find pokemon via augmented reality.

Samsung recently hosted Pokémon GO Community Day in the heart of the Big Apple—and who better to have guided the hunt than #TeamGalaxy’s very own Holly Patterson (better known as @PkmnMasterHolly). We took this opportunity to get her thoughts on AR games along with some bonus pro tips for catching the rarest Pokémon.

Holly Patterson stands and  smiles as she looks down  at her Galaxy Note10 phone in hand. She's surrounded by people who are walking next to her. Holly Patterson stands and  smiles as she looks down  at her Galaxy Note10 phone in hand. She's surrounded by people who are walking next to her.

You’ve basically seen Pokémon evolve as gaming evolves with the times. What has that experience been like for you?

Having grown up playing Pokémon trading cards and then playing the game through console, mobile, and now mobile via AR, it is honestly a dream come true. When Pokémon GO came out, and the AR technology allowed us to catch Pokémon in real life, I knew the game was going to be an instant success. I believe one day Trainers will be able to walk up to each other in real life, have a 3D battle in real-time right in front of each other, and catch Pokémon in the wild through wearable technology. Pokémon can only go up from here!

An over-the-shoulder shot of Holly looking at her Galaxy Note10 screen. The Pokemon GO game is displayed on-screen.Getting immersed in her gameplay An over-the-shoulder shot of Holly looking at her Galaxy Note10 screen. The Pokemon GO game is displayed on-screen.Getting immersed in her gameplay

How do you feel about AR’s integration into mobile games?

I think that [they] are the way of the future. If gaming companies can make this technology readily accessible through mobile devices, rather than forcing gamers to buy consoles, this will allow their games to grow rapidly. We've seen it with Pokémon GO: the game introduced millions of first-time players to the Pokémon franchise. I think any game that was originally on a console, that also utilizes AR and VR will continue to grow their audience and build new lifelong fans.

An in-game screen capture of a black and yellow striped pokeball in front of a pokemon hatching from an egg, surrounded by greenery. An in-game screen capture of a black and yellow striped pokeball in front of a pokemon hatching from an egg, surrounded by greenery.

If you don’t mind sharing your secrets, do you have any tips for finding rare Pokémon?

I pride myself on being a "shiny hunter" and a tip to anyone who wants to also hunt "shinies" (different-colored versions of Pokémon) is that you simply need to encounter that species of Pokémon as many times as possible in order to increase your chances. It's all a numbers game. Therefore, if you want to find a "shiny", go to a "nest" of that species, which is usually a park or grassy area where the Pokémon is typically found. When it comes to finding "shinies" in Raids, you simply need to Raid that Pokémon repeatedly until you finally encounter the "shiny" form.

"I think that AR and VR games are the way of the future."

Holly holding an Aura Glow Galaxy Note10 in one hand with a blue S Pen in the other hand as she looks at the screen. The Galaxy Note10 is in focus while Holly is out of focus in the shot. Holly holding an Aura Glow Galaxy Note10 in one hand with a blue S Pen in the other hand as she looks at the screen. The Galaxy Note10 is in focus while Holly is out of focus in the shot.
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How has your device helped to level up your game?

My Galaxy Note10 has incredible cameras built-in. Pokémon GO uses those cameras to create seamless AR experiences, making the Pokémon appear in front of me with crystal-clear definition ... I was able to go the entire day playing heavily on Trapinch Community Day, and I never needed to charge once. I also enjoy [its] native screen recorder, which makes it easy for me to record my gameplay so that I can share it on YouTube with other Trainers.

Ready to nail that Curveball with Holly?

From life-like Pokémon encounters in AR via pro-grade cameras to all-day gameplay on a single charge—Holly turns to her Note10 to capture her best Poké-ventures.

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A headshot of Holly Patterson sporting a black baseball cap as she sits in a car. Her mouth is slightly ajar. A headshot of Holly Patterson sporting a black baseball cap as she sits in a car. Her mouth is slightly ajar.

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Holly Patterson

Streamer, Pokémon Master, and #TeamGalaxy member from Philadelphia.

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