It’s a new electronic game called Pokemon Go and it has gained millions of users in a very short time. As the game spreads rapidly around the world, Nintendo’s worth has gone up by more than $7.5 billion in less than a week. The number of users of Pokemon Go on Android has reached 60 percent in the US alone. When this game was launched in the first week of July, it represented a significant technical addiction for mobile users, especially in the United States.
Once Nintendo released the new app across the Android and iPhone mobile platforms, the game became the center of attention for gamers across the world. The time users spend on Pokemon Go is 43 minutes a day, which is more than they spend on WhatsApp (30 minutes). This figure is an estimation, because people here are spending more time on these applications including Snapchat.
For those of you who haven’t triedPokemonGo, this is the idea of the game: The application uses the camera of your smartphone and puts Pokemon cartoon characters in your location. You will be tracking the movements of Pokemon characters through the camera and try catching them to win more points. You may need to walk long distances in a large geographical area. The application works through the GPS system to identify the places to facilitate the process of finding Pokemon characters.
One of the most important features of the game is that it has merged the virtual and real worlds, as it relies on your location. The game is simple and encourages users to walk, but this could be dangerous because it can be a cause of distraction. After downloading this application, notification alerts will come to you that will use information from your Googleaccount, which some fear is a violation of their privacy.
The journey to find PokemonGo figures might lead you to private places such as private properties or someone’s garden, or even inside a car because there may be Pokemon characters inside. Well, I don’t think anyone would welcome a knock on their door by a stranger just to look for Pokemon! Some feel that the game has many benefits. It urges children to go out of their homes to walk and exercise, while others feel it might pose a threat to players and may expose them to accidents while looking at their screens as they walk.
The game is already available in many countries, and I think the parents have a responsibility because no one wants to expose themselves or their children to any possible threat. It would be silly to call the police and complain against Pokemon and be accused of making a prank call and disturbing the authorities!
By Muna Al-Fuzai