It is all over the social media, you see it all over YouTube. The Pokémon hype is real.

Right from the when the game was released; people have gone crazy about it.
It started in the United States, Australia and New Zealand and now covers most of the world. It has already the fire.

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Pokémon Go is a game which is played by everyone, not just kids. Pokémon Go is an Android and IOS game in which you have to walk in order to find Pokémon. The game uses Augmented Reality (AR) and the location services which show your immediate area on the screen.

Players are supposed to walk to different areas and look for different Pokémon, all towards the same goal. Which is catching all of the 151 one of them.

The game has several elements, such as leveling up, choosing a team (Mystic, Valor, and Instinct), taking over a gym and controlling it, evolving your Pokémon, etc.

Players can also find Poke Eggs which hatch after you have walked 2, 5 or 10 kilometers. If the player moves at the speed higher than 10 miles per hour, the game recognizes that the player is not walking or driving a bicycle and does not count the movement towards the distance needed to hatch the egg.

So, if you thought about driving a car and cheating, the joke’s on you.

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In terms of Usage Time, Pokémon GO is taking up a tonne of its user’s time. As of July 8th, the app was being used for an average of 43 minutes, 23 seconds a day, higher than Whatsapp, Instagram, Snapchat, and Messenger.

Niantic (game developers) announced that they want to engage people into socializing. When playing Pokémon GO, you’re supposed to move, walk into different areas and meet other trainers.

Not only do you keep walking all the time (which is a great cardio exercise), but you also get to talk and meet new people. That’s the main goal of Pokémon Go, and so far, the game is doing more than expected.

There are however more to it than being a simple and naïve game. Pokémon Go has a few downsides, and the next few paragraphs will explain them in brief.

Like every other game, Pokémon Go is also packed with a few downsides. While playing the game, players tend to forget themselves and not pay attention to their surroundings. This can cause injuries, like for instance getting hit by a car while crossing the street to catch a Pokémon. Or, bumping into a road sign for not paying attention to where you are going. The game’s main loading page says “stay aware of your surroundings at all time”, which is definitely something all players should do.

The game has many Pokéstops, which are places where one can place lure modules in order to attract wild Pokémon for all players to catch. These Pokéstops have been found everywhere, from highways to cities. Players visit them in order to collect in-game items and poke-balls for free.

Several people have been reported using these lure modules to attract children. This is a serious threat and should not be taken lightly. When a lure module is placed, children neglect their natural instincts and the “stranger-danger” is no more. They are exposed to potential pedophiles and criminals who might use this to their advantage. Parents, please, keep both eyes on your children.

Pokémon Go is definitely a video game that will bring many people out of their houses, make them mingle and socialize. Some will get fit by walking 10 miles a day; others will find a way to make money off it. Bottom line is that everyone will have fun playing it, as long as they pay close attention to their surroundings and avoid potential dangers that come with the game

 

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