Don’t Kill Yourself – or get Someone Killed – Playing Pokemon Go

Posted by on July 16, 2016 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 19 Comments

Pokemon Go Game

By Julie Fidler | Natural Society

Until a couple of days ago, I’d never heard of Pokemon Go. Now I can’t get away from the smartphone game, released July 6, but I haven’t played it, and I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it is. I feel old admitting it, but I had to look it up online for an explanation. Though if you have kids, you probably know more than I do.

(sigh)


OK, let me see if I can make this make sense. Actually, never mind. I’ll just quote Vox:

“In simple terms, Pokémon Go is a game that uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon ‘appear’ around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game. (This mix of a game and the real world interacting is known as ‘augmented reality.’

 

The idea is to “catch” all the virtual critters, and then train them to fight…or something.

All I really know is that everywhere I go, I see people standing around, pointing their phones at thin air. I see it in the supermarket, on the busy street in front of my house, at the mall; I even saw it in an Orange Julius line the other night. (Yes, I consumed sugar.)

Good: It Makes Kids (and Everyone Else) go Outside and Move

The good thing about Pokemon Go is that it requires people to get off their butts and go outside. I mean, kids are developing myopia (near-sightedness) from not getting enough sunlight. I guess we should be glad the creators and developers of Pokemon Go are giving kids a reason to turn off their TVs and wander out of the house, even if it’s just to spend more time on their smartphones.

And it’s not just kids who are into Pokemon Go. Plenty of adults are playing, too. If you don’t believe me, you must not have a Facebook account. I see as many grown-ups posting their Pokemon “catches” on Facebook as youngsters.


Don’t Walk Aimlessly in the Street Catching Pokemon

Unfortunately, not everybody can walk and chew gum at the same time, and even fewer can use a cell phone and not…well, accidentally kiss a car bumper. You have the driving-and-texting problem, of course, but people who are too distracted by their cell phones to safely walk across the street have made headlines in recent years, too.

Throw in a little Pokemon Go, and it’s like pouring gasoline on a forest fire.

On July 12, an Auburn, New York, man crashed his car into a tree while playing the augmented reality game, causing him minor injuries. Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler said of the incident:

“Luckily the driver was not seriously injured but this is an example of how easily accidents can occur when someone is engaged in the game and not paying attention.” [1]

Two men tumbled off a cliff on July 13 in San Diego’s North County while playing Pokemon Go, too. The Encitas Fire Department arrived on the scene to find a man about 80 to 90 feet down the cliff, on a beach. The second man was found unconscious about 50 feet down the cliff.

Both men were transported to Scripps La Jolla Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

The men decided to climb a fence and go Pokemon hunting despite a sign posted on the fence warning that the bluffs were unstable.

Pokemon Go has also lead to some creepy encounters and stomach-churning discoveries:

  • Police in Oregon reportedly received a call that a man had been stabbed while walking and playing the game on his phone.
  • In Wyoming, a teen stumbled across a dead man’s body floating in a river while she was searching for water Pokemon.
  • Players in Pennsylvania got locked inside a cemetery after closing while hunting for the creatures. [2]
  • In Missouri, 3 teens were arrested for armed robbery. The police believe the trio lured victims to their location using Pokemon Go. [3]

The thing that truly disturbs me is that people are so focused on a smartphone game that they’re willing to disrespect some very sacred sites, including Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and Ground Zero in New York City. People have even been caught playing Pokemon Go at the Auschwitz Museum and concentration camp in Poland. [4] [5] [6]

We may see lawsuits flying over Pokemon-related incidents. But it’s not the game that’s dangerous; it’s the lack of common sense among some of the game’s players.

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  1. Nope.. I dont have that type of phone that could handle thatt game

  2. It’s pretty cool just don’t get lost in it people..
    I know it’s kinda what we pokefans have been waiting for but don’t let it consume you lol

  3. When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.

  4. I was skeptical…. Nonetheless to understand the true base of the game despite it being Pokemon or another game is pretty amazing. This type of reality has always existed but to be able to place it on the true physical plane was beyond thought. It’s very interesting how it’s put together. You have to use your live camera as well as your gps tracker. Gps tracking has been in our homes, cellular phones, cars and work places for a very long time now. So the introducing of a virtual interactive game isn’t too crazy! The craziest part is that it’s hand held!!! With that being said, people must take into account that it’s not built for just the reasoning of getting them of their butts… It has more to do with being aware of your environment and being aware of where Consciousness is taking us other than exercising.

    “Stay elevated”

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  6. Thank god I actually have a life.

  7. You know what’s sad? That you even need to say don’t kill yourself or get someone killed playing a game!!!

  8. Thank GOD, I have a life of my own! !!

  9. I’m sick of hearing about it.

  10. Pokemon go needs it’s own social media site.

  11. Of all the cool stuff posted on this site about consciousness I’m shocked and disappointed to read about this crap here. Seriously. If you are consciously “aware” this game has been created to track and control people. It’s pretty ignorant to ignore this fact. Spread awareness of real issues, most of us liking this page have bigger concerns and knowledge to share than this crap. Js

  12. Seriously? You’re going to promote and advertise this bs zombie game on CONSCIOUS Life?? Damn. I didnt think you all were bought and paid for.#SellOut

  13. people will alweays take stupid risks, so be it, dont screww up playing this dumb game

  14. Young folks don’t have a future and it will be there fault. people in other countries think Americans are very very stupid.

  15. I have better things to do!!!!!!!!! DON’T Get CAUGHT IN THE ZOMBIE TRAP TURN YOUR PHONES OFF AND COMMUNICATE WITH YPOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS!!!!!

  16. Better being addicted to a high social game than to Drugs. ^-^

  17. Another way to control you…?

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