The Pokemon Go craze is responsible for numerous robberies of preoccupied mobile phone players, but the game’s comic strip characters have also helped United States police improve stressed community relations and even seize wanted suspects.
The app, shaped by smartphone game developer Niantic for Nintendo Cooperation Ltd, is turning over the world of gaming and getting the players off their couches and making them walk outside to play. Gazing at their mobile screens, they hunt for virtual Pokémon characters that emerge to pop up at restaurants, office spaces, museums, etc. Players score points in diverse ways which includes capturing the characters with a tap of a finger on their mobile screen. The game was the majority downloaded free app on app store of Apple, and Nintendo shares rushed nearly 25 percent on Monday.
Under a week after releasing in the US, where it has strained more than 7 million gamers to search virtual Pokémon, the game is now also facing a backlash.
Sanctified places like Arlington National Cemetery that is outside Washington D.C. have recommended players to stay away from the property, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has demanded to be detached from the game. Across the US, players are being drawn down dark alleys and into unsafe neighborhoods in exploration of the imaginary creatures, only to be beleaguered by criminals.
Distracted students have been reported to be robbed by Gunman in search dark alleys and even near their respective campus. There is even news of fireworks being thrown out on a group of players playing the Pokémon Go, however no injuries are reported.
And in Wyoming, a 19 year old girl who set out to hunt a Pokémon by the River known by name Big Wind on Friday got a dead body instead of a pokemon character.
This game was also responsible for a sudden increase in car accidents in the US. However, Pokémon characters have also assisted law enforcement, from helping catch indefinable suspects to polishing officers’ public image at a time of stressed ties between communities and police throughout the US.
Perceiving people playing the game on the avenue in Fall River, on Sunday in Massachusetts, a police officer on nearby patrol joined the players. The enjoyment was captured in a picture that law enforcement posted on Twitter and was liked numerous people.
“They were able to talk about a common subject and it broke all barriers between them,” said Detective Nelson Sousa.
The NYPS’S 19th Precinct tweeted a picture of a police officer riding in his squad car with his “new partner” placed beside him, the admired Pokémon cartoon character known as Pikachu.