Hello Africa, drop your candy crush and get hooked on the newest mobile game Pokémon Go mobile created by Niantic and Nintendo
Basically, you register for the game allowing them to track you using GPS. The game then uses augmented reality to make Pokémon appear live in your surroundings. (Your toilet, neighbors house, a park, on your bed) Creepy. The Pokemon’s are tiny fuzzy creatures you have to catch and train for a future fight with opponents
In the US, Australia and UK, people are running around with their phones in front of their faces trying to catch all of the Pokemon, and naturally this is causing some havoc. People are walking into traffic, trespassing, crashing cars into trees, leaving home in the middle of the night and otherwise putting themselves in danger.
Recently, a man was accused of crashing his vehicle into a parked police car in Baltimore while playing “Pokémon Go.”
In Napa, a teenage driver who may have been playing the popular video game ran her truck into a power pole
The Auburn Police Department in US has issued a list of reminders warning against the dangers of playing “Pokémon GO.” They are:
- Do not use the application when you are operating a motor vehicle or bicycle
- Do not trespass on private property when trying to “catch” a Pokemon
- Be aware of your surroundings when walking and do not stare down at your phone not knowing hazards around you, like roadways, drop-offs, waterways, etc.
- Use caution when sharing your location as strangers can see your location information
- Search for Pokémons in groups /well lit location”
Meanwhile Pokemon Go” is smiling to the bank having raked in $200 million in net revenue globally on the App Store and Google Play in its first month, beating other top-earning games such as “Candy Crush” and “Clash Royal”, according to the latest research.