The Pokémon GO App

The Pokémon GO App: Fun For Many, Dangerous For Others

The Pokémon GO App: Fun For Many, Dangerous For Others

The Pokémon GO app has become a cultural phenomenon. Kids, celebrities, and perhaps even you might be trying to catch’em all. The app allows users to interact with virtual Pokémon characters projected onto the real world through augmented reality. Only a few days after it’s release, the app has managed to sign more active users than Twitter, and is reportedly making more than $1.6 billion per day. While the action of the game takes place through the user’s mobile devices, strange stories involving real life danger to users have made news headlines.

Pokémon GO Stories In The News

– Two teens playing the app in the middle of the night were shot at after being mistaken for burglars. The teens were playing the app in a parked car in Florida in the middle of the night when an armed man walked out of his house and opened fire on the vehicle.

– Two men trying to catch Pokémon had to be rescued after falling off a cliff in San Diego. One of the men fell to a beach beneath the cliff, and rescuers had to save the other man who was found unconscious after falling down the cliff.. Despite warning signs in the area the men chose to climb over a fence to go in search of Pokémon.

– A man in Oregon was stabbed on the streets of Oregon while in pursuit of the virtual animals. He asked a passing man if he was playing the Pokémon GO app as well and the stranger pulled out a knife and stabbed him. Despite being injured he continued his search for Pokémon.

– In Missouri, Police say four teens robbed victims at gunpoint after luring them to a specific location using the Pokéstop feature. The Pokéstop is used to attract both Pokémon and other people to a specific location. The teens are under investigation for other crimes.

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Sources:

  1. https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/13/pokemon-go-tops-twitters-daily-users-sees-more-engagement-than-facebook/
  2. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/10/nintendo-shares-surge-20-pct-on-hopes-for-pokemon-go-smartphone-game.html
  3. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/pokemon-go-two-men-shot-at-while-playing-new-game-a7141526.html
  4. http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/15/health/pokemon-go-players-fall-down-cliff/
  1. http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2016/07/man-stabbed-pokemon-go-skips-hospital-visit
  2. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2016/07/10/four-suspects-arrested-string-pokemon-go-related-armed-robberies/86922474/

 

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