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Should Pokemon Go come with a health warning?

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The game uses an augmented reality interface that overlays the 3D digital content of the game onto the phone’s camera feed. This way, the smartphone acts as a magic lens through which players can see their Pokémon as if they were in physical space.
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What scares me the most is the kids being put in harms way. I can see someone using this to get kids alone in certain places. I think it should come with alot of warnings.
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You don't have to"trample" on any property to get supplies from Pokestops. All you have to do is get close and they activate. As for attracting creeps to playgrounds, creeps don't need an app for that. If you are just now concerned about that, then you've had your eyes closed all this time. The app is intended to get people to actually walk around and enjoy the outdoors. If it's not safe to walk around where you live, by all means, don't play.
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One element of the game sees users putting a 'lure' on a certain area, which causes Pokemon to appear in that position, attracting gamers to the area.
Fearful of where this could lead, one woman carried out an 'experiment', which saw her post a 'lure' to see how many people turned up. Within moments, several children had arrived at the chosen - most without parents - having ignored their usual 'stranger danger' radar in pursuit of the monster.


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I think the user has to be responsible when playing this game. You cannot get so excited about a game that you forget what is going on around you. It is also up to the parents to tell their kids not to chasing this game all over town without their permission. I can already see this being made illegal in the US. One or two incidents and it will be gone.
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Naturally, the game has also induced people to post pictures of themselves on social media chasing creatures in all sorts of dangerous situations. Zubats and Paras have appeared on car dashboards. Caterpies have been spotted at intersections . Police in Darwin, Australia, have even asked players not to waltz into their station, which of course is a Pokestop in the game.
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I haven't played it, but many of my FB friends are actually leaving their homes and exercising because of this app. Therefore, I would say it's been very beneficial to health.
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It's a game. People shouldn't be so stupid to risk theirs and others lives while driving or in dangerous situations. Pokemon Go Company page released a message about this. Telling people that if they were driving and wanted to catch the pokemon that showed up to pull over in a safe area and park before catching it.
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There have already been major highway wrecks from people slamming on the breaks to"catch a Pokémon".
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Should be a warning similar to what Google Maps have and that is to pay attention to your actual surroundings and use common sense.
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I was in the mall yesterday and I was taken back how many people are playing this game. I saw kids and old people walk by and never look up. People invading my space because there is a Pokemon on my head by my feet. This is already out of control.
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Many people live in neighborhoods where it’s not safe to wander around with a cell phone in hand because of robberies and players need to be very careful to stay safe when out Pokehunting. This is true even for players who think they live in a safe area. There have already been reports of armed robberies at Pokestops where a lure module was used to pull in victims.
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I am amazed at how many of my friends are playing this game. It seems to be a form of mind controls for the nation right now. How can you take that much time out of your day playing a game when the country and world are so messed up right now. Perfect timing of the release for a broke nation. I thought TV was their number one weapon this is closing in on the title.
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And now they’re all playing Pokemon Go, the latest gaming iteration of Nintendo’s suddenly rejuvenated “pocket monster” cartoon characters. Its clever use of augmented reality on a smartphone platform appears to have tapped into the “social” center of the human brain, making people go ape for the app.
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You cannot blame people being stupid on Pokemon. People get hit by cars everyday trying to text or looking down at their phone. If there were not looking down at Pokemon they would be distracted by something else.
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Three women playing “Pokemon Go” and hunting for virtual fictional characters found a dead body Thursday near a creek bed in a San Diego park, police said. The “Go” players were walking the trails and playing the augmented reality game about 3 p.m. in Marian Bear Memorial Park when they stumbled on the body of a man who had been dead for quite some time, said Officer Travis Easter, spokesman for the San Diego Police Department.

“That’s not a part of the game,” Easter said.
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Pokemon Go is part of games maker Nintendo's long-running Pokemon (short for Pocket Monsters) franchise, which has fulled sales over the past 20 years of innumerable Game-boy handheld units and Nintendo consoles. It allows players to capture, train and battle the virtual Pokemon game characters when they appear, triggered by the phone's GPS, at real-world landmarks and other locations.
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