It’s well over a week since Pokémon Go was officially released in a couple countries (though not in Canada), and by now you’re probably already sick of hearing about it. It’s taken the world (even the countries that don’t “officially” have it yet) by storm, and has united people from all walks of life. For example, this guy went around his town and took video of everyone he found who was playing:
Even news anchors are getting in on the fun:
One night this week I was driving up Lansdowne and saw a couple of guys walking around together, holding their smartphones. I knew right away that they were playing Pokémon Go. It’s everywhere!
However, the game seems to have also exacerbated what was already a problem with people thanks to smartphones: Not paying attention to where they’re going! We’ve all heard the stories of people who have walked into traffic with attention locked on their phones, or who have walked into fountains for the same reason, etc. etc. Well, since Pokémon Go is a smartphone-based game, obviously it’s not going to help that along. Already, a few people have had some sort of misadventure while playing the game… There were those two guys in California who fell off cliffs on Wednesday while playing.
This guy fell into a pond while livestreaming his game:
There have been a couple people who have now found dead bodies while playing the game too. While that would likely be fairly traumatic for the people who discovered the bodies, it’s helpful from a law enforcement and missing persons standpoint. Who knows how long those bodies might have been sitting there, had they not been stumbled upon by people eager to Catch ’em All?
While law enforcement and government services may be grateful for those discoveries, they’re likely not so stoked about people coming to Area 51 in search of rare Pokémon. I mean, it’s only the most secretive place in all of the United States, so naturally they want to keep people away… That didn’t stop these two guys from making a couple days of it and seeing what mystical creatures they could find at the edge of the restricted area.
As you’ll see in this video, though, they encountered a few strange (and even creepy) occurrences. Have a look at how it goes down:
I half expected one of the legendary Pokémon (like Mew, or Mewtwo) there. While there are a few slightly less-rare Pokémon around, there’s nothing super rare… And that’s probably a good thing. If people got word of there being extremely rare Pokémon available around there, people would come in droves to get them – which would pose quite the security threat for the government… And could potentially lead to a lawsuit against the makers of the game.
For those of you who are playing the game, what crazy lengths have YOU gone to in an attempt to Catch ’em All?