Pokémon Go is all the rage right now, after Nintendo finally released the augmented reality app in the United States last week.
Much like the original game that was released in the 90s, the object of the game is to collect Pokémon and battle with them – but Go places them in your every day surroundings (with use of your phone’s camera,) and uses GPS to determine which animals pop up where. (Water-based Pokémon will be more frequent near the water, for example.) However, issues are already arising, as people are not making note of their surroundings when playing in the virtual world, thus making for accidents and even robberies.
According to a recent report, alleged robbers in Missouri used the GPS feature to lure in players, then pulled guns on them. Four suspects were arrested. Because of this, TMZ reached out to The Pokemon Company International and Niantic, Inc for a statement. They say:
“Be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places.”
Also, fun fact – Pokémon Go has added over $7 billion in market value to Nintendo already.