Pokemon Go player finds dead body; AR game is leading to real life injuries

Pokemon Go player finds dead body; AR game is leading to real life injuries
19-year old Shayla Wiggins was looking for Pokemon on Friday morning, when she discovered something else that was definitely not part of the Pokemon Go game. Wiggins was hoping to catch a water Pokemon, so the Wyoming teen jumped over a fence to gain access to the Wind River. That is where she found something that couldn't be added to her Pokedex: a dead body. Shayla called 911 and the local Sheriff's office responded. Law enforcement officials concluded that the drowning was accidental.

Pokemon Go launched just last week, and has quickly become the top free app downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The augmented reality based game allows users to be a Pokemon master as they attempt to find and catch a variety of wild Pokemon. But some players are sustaining real life injuries in an attempt to "Catch 'em all." For example, 21-year old Mike Shultz cut his hand after tumbling off his skateboard. He was on his phone, looking for Pokemon at the time.

22-year old web designer Kyrie Tompkins fell on a sidewalk in Maine and twisted her leg while playing the game, while Lindsay Plunkett, a 23-year old waitress in North Carolina, cut her hand while tripping over a cinder block. She also was playing Pokemon Go when she sustained the injury.

While it is easy to lose track of your surroundings while playing Pokemon Go, we urge players to stay aware of their environment. We have heard stories about drivers stopping short and holding up traffic while trying to catch a wild Pokemon. Like texting, you should not be playing this game while driving.

When players need accessories, they have to find a PokeShop. Game developer Niantic decided to place these virtual stores inside museums and other areas. For example, police in Australia noticed that many smartphone-toting kids were wandering into a police station in Darwin. It turns out that the cops are working in a building that is a PokeShop in the game. For the record, Pokemon Go players do not have to enter these buildings to obtain Poke Balls.

If you're not familiar with Pokemon Go, check out our guide by clicking on this link.

source: KSL, NYPost

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19 Comments

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

SMH, I'm sure i'd be one of these idiots injuring themselves if it weren't for the fact that the game is non-responsive on my Nexus 6P... I get past the developer screen and then the phone stays blank. No clue why.... but i'm not worrying too much about it.

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It works sideloaded on my UK S5 (soon to be replaced by S7Edge or Note 7)

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, well, I've uninstalled it, reinstalled it. Restarted the phone itself... no luck.

17. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Do you have Android N? Because they won't support it until it's officially released.

18. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Oh, good point. yes I do and I'm willing to bet that's what's going on. Thank you.

3. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

When VR reach its peak we may hear lots of news like these

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Stupid game, stupid players.

19. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Stupid comment, stupid user.

7. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

I don't understand... I rarely look at my phone when I'm playing. It vibrates when a Pokemon is near, then I look. Or I'll occasionally look at me phone to see if a PokeStop or Gym is near.

8. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Pokemon go is designed for 'genwunners'. Real Pokemon fans are waiting the main series game, Pokemon Sun and Moon

15. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah right... POKEMON GEN7!!!! 4 months left till I use my 3DS again, lol..

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Nintendo fanboys smh Sony shouldn't have destroyed Sega in the first plac

16. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Sega kinda killed themselves though. Also, I don't see where Nintendo fanboys fit into this? Most of the people playing the game probably aren't even a fan of Nintendo.

10. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Game sounds just like Geocaching.

11. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Its too f***king hot to be walking out here trying to catch pokemon Nintendo better provide some "fresh water" so I can restore my real life HP

12. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Poor people, Play with care and awareness guys

13. KingSam

Posts: 1427; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I can remember saying this on launch day. I expected kids to be in danger but this is far worse than I expected. Personally I wouldn't play this because I'm not really outgoing and refuse to go wherever this app takes me and its hot here in Jamaica!

14. Vanliewn

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Anyone who injures themselves playing would injure themselves texting and walking at the same time. You don't need to stare at the screen all the time to play. And you need to stop moving in order to visit pokèstops or to catch Pokémon.

20. XperiaG

Posts: 178; Member since: Jun 06, 2016

oh c'mon... I'm walking around with my phone, yes! but I'm not jumping fences nor anything like that... hahaha well It seems they are truly Pokemon trainers.

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