If there is one thing that has caught up A LOT in the past week, it is Pokémon Go. Not only is it a revival of old Pokémon memories, is also packs some unique Augmented Reality (AR) features. This Ingress style game has captivated millions, making it the #1 free app on both AppStore and Google Play in the few countries it is available in. In fact, new reports suggest that Pokémon Go, within a week of its release, has more active users than Tinder!
But the game hasn’t been all fancy for some players. From finding dead bodies to surviving road accidents, players of Pokémon Go have faced it all - and this is just the beginning.
From a collection of different sources, I’ve quoted some seriously scary (or hilarious) incidents that have occurred to the players.
- Shayla Wiggins, a 19-year-old from Riverton, Wyoming, was looking for a Pokéstop by the river when she stumbled upon a man's body in the water. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office suspect that the death was caused by drowning. (From CBC.ca/The Associated Press)
- One reddit user, less than half an hour after the game was released, said that he fell into a ditch and fractured his bone while playing the game. At the emergency room, he told doctors that he was walking his dog, rather than admitting he was on a mission to catch ‘em all. (From a Quartz article by Olivia Goldhill)
- The police department in O'Fallon, Missouri, said the game may have been responsible for an armed robbery early Sunday morning. They explained in a Facebook post: "You can add a beacon to a Pokéstop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate people standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in.” (From CBC.ca/The Associated Press)
- Pokémon Go players have found Pokémons in some ridiculous places, including toilet stalls, graveyards, and even strip clubs! (From CBC.ca/The Associated Press)
- A Jalopnik post provides another incident:
“Why did that truck stop in front of us?” I asked my boyfriend, mentally playing reels from murder films on our late-night walk.
The chance that the truck stopped to drag us to our doom was a small one, but I’d left my pepper spray at home and I wasn’t about to take any chances. We veered as closely to the curb as possible, peeking into the truck’s window as we did. It wasn’t long before we realized that rather than getting their hatchets, the occupants were collecting items at a PokéStop—while blocking the road.
The reason we went that way was because my boyfriend wanted to go for a walk to catch some Pokémon himself, and we’d paused at the same PokéStop. (I was always more of a Yu-Gi-Oh! person, so this stuff does not appeal to me. I’m big on walks, though.)
The world, mapped out in terms of Pokémon gameplay. The character walks to catch Pokémon, rather than driving. How odd.
We were chasing Pokémon the genuine way, as the game is known for sending people out on walking adventures to find different creatures. But our lazy, clever society found a way around that soon after the game launched—driving around at 10 mph or under, subsequently stopping every few yards to catch ‘em.
- In Darwin, Australia, a Police Station was featured as a Pokéstop and players were coming in to gather Pokéballs. "You don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the Pokéballs," the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services clarified on Facebook. (From CBC.ca/The Associated Press)
And the list goes on!
But no, this won’t discourage Pokémon Go players, and it shouldn’t. As long as you are aware of your surroundings, as Niantic (the creator of the game) says, you are safe. The intention of the game is to get people moving, allowing them to explore the world and find new friends - all while trying to catch ‘em all. By all means, this game is a tremendous success.
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