Pokemon Go player finds dead body; AR game is leading to real life injuries
posted by Alan F. / Jul 09, 2016, 11:54 AM
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
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.
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 12:05 PM 0
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It works sideloaded on my UK S5 (soon to be replaced by S7Edge or Note 7)
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 12:28 PM 1
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
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 1:26 PM 1
Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012
Nintendo fanboys smh Sony shouldn't have destroyed Sega in the first plac
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 1:30 PM 0
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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!
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 4:48 PM 0
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.
posted on Jul 09, 2016, 5:33 PM 0
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