Here Comes Pokemon Go!
Thanks to smart phone technologies, you can now be a real life Pokemon trainer like Satoshi!Pokemon Go is a new smartphone app that encourages gamers to search local areas to find Pokemons in the real world. The game turns actual locations near you into a virtual reality with Pokemons, pocket monsters, in it. It uses GPS to tell you where to catch little monsters like Pikachu near you, and you can train them to fight each other. The game has taken the world by storm thanks to the popularity of the anime and trading card game in the 1990s. Since then, Pikachu has become an icon of Japanese culture. The app is currently available only in 30 countries. Pokemon fanatics actually crashed the server when it’s launched, and that made the game creators hold off its worldwide release.
Despite the game’s creative and playful nature, criminals took advantage of the game and turned it into a means of pinpointing their victims. Four people were arrested after using the game to lure players to remote areas and then robbed them at gunpoint. In the US, one Pokestop, a landmark where you can catch monsters, has already been linked to an arrest. A registered sex offender was arrested for playing Pokemon Go with children outside a courthouse.
Apparently the app has made it easier for robbers and sex offenders to target their victims and authorities are attributing the sexual assaults and hate crimes to Pokemon Go. There also have been reports of falling over or similar trivial accidents because gamers were not paying attention to what’s really happening in the real world as they dove straight into the Pokemon’s world.