Pokemon Go has taken the gaming world by storm that players are encouraged to be careful when they go around hunting for other Pokemon in their area as Australian police have encouraged players to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street.
In Australia, where Pokemon Go is now a big hit, authorities have issued a statement to have the game players to look after their safety first rather than being glued to their phones. They are worried that people are getting hooked on the game, which requires players to use their GPS that they tend not to give details to their safety.
“It’s … a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street,” a statement from Australia’s Northern Territory Police read, according to The Telegraph. “That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.”
In less than a week we created one of the largest personal location databases in history. But where? For who? This is a digital watershed.
— Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) July 11, 2016
— Michele Wright (@michelewrightTV) July 12, 2016
Pokemon Go is a free-to-play and GPS based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. Just like its cartoon series, the game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world.
Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned for future release and will alert users when a Pokémon is nearby. In simple terms, one has to look around their neighborhood to catch any Pokemon within their area, a thing that did not sit well with the Australian police.
I don't care if #PokemonGO is dead in 2 weeks- the phenomena of all these people interacting in today's society is incredible and uplifting.
— Jimmy Wong 🍍🍕 (@jfwong) July 10, 2016
Brobible says not to worry. For those lazy enough to walk around and would rather want to sit and wait for other Pokemon to find you, grab some tape, glue, twine, whatever – and stick your phone to a rotating surface so that the GPS thinks you’re moving and waiting for your Pokemon egg to hatch.
The report says that technically, it works but if you want some fun then, be ready for a long walk and adventure. Just make sure to look at your surroundings so as not to get into accidents, and complaining of pains after a long walk around your neighborhood.
Pokemon Go has taken the app games to the next level as SimilarWeb’s Joseph Schwartz noted that the game will be a big hit than Twitter or any social media platform as “Over 60 percent of those who have downloaded the app in the US are using it daily, meaning around 3 percent of the entire U.S. Android population are users of the app.” And with the way things are going it will not be long before it could have more users not only in the US and Australia but around the world as well.
— LG USA Mobile (@LGUSAMobile) July 7, 2016
Pokemon is good in many ways but authorities such as in Australia and now even the United States expresses concern that the game app could also lead victims into crimes that lurk around the corner aside from Pokemon that they are in search of as well.
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