Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Parks And Cons Looks at Pokemon Go Experience for SDCC 2016

Let’s preface this with: Please be safe at Comic-Con while playing Pokemon Go. Comic-Con is crowded enough, and there are enough obstacles, moving vehicles, and hazards without having your head buried in your phone the entire weekend. Plus, you worked hard to get here! You won all the lotteries (okay, maybe not all) – so enjoy the con! The Pokemon will still be waiting.

But, having said that, we know you’re all still going to be playing anyway. And Shawn Marshall of Parks And Cons snagged some photos today of what and where you’ll be catching Pokemon around the con.

He found a landmark near the convention center:

And took a look at how many Pokemon there were to find in the area:

As well as the Gaslamp:

The Gaslamp Quarter sign doubles as a Pokestop to reload on Pokeballs:

As does Hall E:

And he caught some Pokemon around the Gaslamp, to hilarious results:




He even stopped by our Enchantment Under the SDCC location, the Analog Bar:


Our team also found another Geodude at the San Diego International Airport:


And finally, Shawn caught something other than a Geodude:



But no convention experience will be complete this year without this photo:



Will you be playing Pokemon Go around the convention center? Actually, who are we kidding? Of course you will.

About Kerry Dixon

Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site’s resident panel guru.

  • keeleon

    Does PokeGo require network connection the whole time? I get a terrible signal during SDCC due to all the nerds trying to be on a network design for 1/4 of those people. 🙁

  • RR

    Many parts of downtown are equipped with free Wi-Fi this year. So hopefully the signals will be better.

  • keeleon

    Free Wifi is mostly just a marketing gimmick and a joke. I work on Network equipment and wireless access points for a living. I’m incredibly doubtful there’s any kind of hardware that could handle the kind of traffic Comicon can throw at it.

  • zonkttc

    “And he caught some Pokemon around the Gaslamp, to hilarious results” none of them was really that hilarious at all.

  • RR

    To further answer your question, yes you do need a connection because the game uses GPS to track down pokemon, poke stops, and gyms. There are a bunch of them scattered around downtown and at the convention center. Better have an extra battery or portable charger with you, because it’s a power guzzler.

  • justboogie

    I love how it was mostly Geodude’s that he caught. LOL.

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  • Meowingsue

    It was funny because they were all Geodudes

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  • zonkttc

    no it wasn’t funny at all.