After a few years of lying low, the Nintendo-owned Pokémon, which burst into popularity in the late 1990s, is taking the world by storm, yet again. This time, through Pokémon Go : the series biggest foray into mobile space, available for a free download on Android and iOS. Its so hugely popular in just a few days!
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- a phenomenon called augmented reality.
If you’ve ever walked on any Indian road, you already know how dangerous it is for pedestrians. Most vehicles completely disregard basic traffic rules. Pokemon Go requires you to keep looking at your phone for signs of Pokemon and other in-game landmarks. This can be quite dangerous on Indian roads especially metros like Mumbai. Imagine looking for Pokemon on your 6:45 Andheri fast train!
Walking around in the real world and catching wild Pokemon on your smartphone sounds like a terrible idea but it’s hard to decipher the game’s appeal if you haven’t played it. Should you or should you not is a question only you can best answer. Our thoughts mirror those recently tweeted by the Mumbai Police : Life is not a game ; especially not one to be played on the roads. Stay safe peeps 🙂