The hype for the latest trend, Pokémon Go, is definitely real and has been since it was first announced, but is it really worth playing?
Since launch day, Pokémon Go has made quite an impact in the mobile app world. Take a look at some of the achievements Nintendo and the game has accomplished so far.
- Nintendo shares are up 56%.
- The game sees 21 million users daily beating out Candy Crush when the game first launched in 2013.
- It’s number one on the Apple and Google Play app stores in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
Aside from the statistical success the app is getting, it’s also doing something for this generation that is constantly stuck inside their homes using their smartphones on social media or watching television by giving them exercise and interacting with people outside who are playing this game. When I was a kid, I was outside playing sports, riding bikes, or at the park interacting with friends until it was dark outside, but you don’t see that quite often nowadays because of how technology has advanced over the years and kids today rather socialize through apps like Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Kik, and FaceTime.
There are a few negatives though for starters, the game drains a lot of your data and battery in one sitting while playing so unless you have unlimited data and a charge case for your phone, it’s going to be dead almost all the time depending on how much you play. Secondly, the game uses location services which allows the government to track where you are while playing unless you don’t care they’re watching you as you try to catch ’em all.
One player found a dead body, someone was caught cheating as he went to an ex-girlfriends house to catch a Pokémon, men used the game to lure players into robbery and gun point, and a man recently crashed into a tree while driving. These are just some of the few crazy stories that are surrounding the popular mobile game app, although there’s more floating around the internet.
Eventually the game’s hype will die down, but for now the Pokémon Go craze continues.