Twitter users share love of Pokemon Go, despite reports of dangers

Posted July 18

If you haven’t run into someone playing Pokemon Go in the last few days, you haven’t been outside.

The popular trading card and Game Boy game has taken a new turn with the release of the IOS and Android app that "lets you see Pokemon through the window of your phone as if they existed in the real world," according to Cnet.com. "Then, you can catch them."

According to Deseret News National, while players use "GPS tracking and location services, the game shows players their actual world through their smartphone screens, enhanced with images of Pokemon and clues on where to find them." Some users have even reported being "sent to church" to find Pokemon.

Me: "I'm going to walk home from church today"

Wife: "Why?"

Me: "You won't understand. Just meet me at home"#PokemonGO #GottaCatchEmAll

— Jonny Linehan (@jlinehan9) July 10, 2016

Many players have posted about the addictive nature of the game. But as we know, "You gotta catch them all."

#PokemonGO problems 😂 pic.twitter.com/cbRL40aPh0

— Mr. Syndicate (@ProSyndicate) July 10, 2016

*Breaks into Area 51* "Sir, this is government property." Me: "WHERE IS THE MEWTWO"#PokemonGo

— Gameplay (@GamepIay) July 10, 2016

mom i see it again! @ the church!

ok it's this way ill uturn!

no mom wrong church other way uturn uturn!!! drive under 10 mph!#PokemonGO

— Kirstin Maldonado (@kirstin_taylor) July 10, 2016

Me: *Knock Knock*

Person: "Who's there?"

Me: Sorry, but there's a level 200 Squirtle in your house!#PokemonGO

— PokemonGO (@PokemonGoMemes) July 10, 2016

My #PokemonGO strategy guide: Buy a battery case for your phone.

— Brian Kibler (@bmkibler) July 10, 2016

At least the game allows homeowners to be sure the economy can’t completely decrease the value of their home.

If you live right next to a gym, your house is probably worth more money now than it was before #PokemonGo

— Catch Em All (@CatchthemalI) July 10, 2016

Some even say that Pokemon GO has created an unlikely match between workout and gaming communities.

#PokemonGO is bound and determined to make you exercise. pic.twitter.com/snA3DDQtwz

— TGN Gamers (@tgnTV) July 10, 2016

#PokemonGo is going to change how people look at gamers.

"Look at the calves on that guy, must be a gamer." 😂😂😂

— PokemonGO (@PokemonGoMemes) July 10, 2016

While users and onlookers joke that Pokemon Go has brought people outside again, the new game is not without its concerns.

In Missouri, armed robbers used the app to target Pokemon gamers.

"The robbers appear to have watched the game’s map for a particular player-triggered feature that attracts Pokemon to a specific location for a limited time,” the Washington Post stated.

The Post also noted that many players have reported injuries while "catching" Pokemon. One person even discovered a dead body while on their hunt.

In addition, there have been reports of more dangerous driving conditions due to Pokemon Go, as users may not look up and see an approaching vehicle.

However, those in cars going faster than 20 miles per hour can’t hatch their digital eggs, providing a little failsafe, according to the New York Post.

Proofpoint, a security firm, also discovered "a malicious version of the software," which allows the attacker to gain remote access of the gamer's phone, according to Fortune.com.

All these problems aside, the allure of the game keeps users engaged and on the hunt.

With that in mind, here are a few safety rules for parents to remind their kids about to keep their young (or possibly older) gamers safe while they search for their favorite virtual creatures:

- Keep your eyes up and looking forward, (pay attention to your surroundings to avoid injuries)

- Be aware of entering private property when chasing Pokemon, especially late at night

- Stranger Danger still applies: While entrenched in the game you might drop your guard, but don’t get in car with anyone you don’t know; don’t go into the home of people you don’t know or just met; don’t accept food or liquid from people you don’t know

- Don’t give your phone to someone you just met

- Don’t approach a car to talk to people who are playing the game

- If fellow gamers ask a question, keep your distance (and from there, be as friendly as you want)

- Don’t ride a bike, skateboard or anything else while catching Pokemon

- Don’t hunt Pokemon and drive

- Wear sunblock, bug spray and shoes when out hunting since you may end up staying out longer than you planned


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