Gaming has evolved a lot with
most of the games becoming better and better. Players are experiencing gaming
in a whole new way and the gaming companies are no doubt raking in billions of
dollars in downloads. One of the most insanely popular games is the Pokémon Go.
Like most things popular, the game is very good and gives players a quality gaming
experience. But still, it is still shrouded in lots of controversies. Controversies
which the creators of the game are striving to eliminate and create an even
better experience for the players.
What Is Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go is a very popular game
and its app is the most used thanks to it being commonly used by gaming
fanatics worldwide. In this game, the lands have monsters roaming in them and
the players role is to find them, capture them and train them for battle which
they will be up for with other Pokémon players.
Before Pokémon Go came about, many
current players of course played the Pokémon
games which were also available in the Nintendo Game Boy. Many current players
are also fans of the Pokémon adventures TV series which still runs and not to
mention having played the games on the handheld game consoles. The best thing
about this game is that you don’t require any previous familiarity with the
game to enjoy playing it.
The only negative side is that
not all gaming enthusiasts are able to access the game since it is only
available in a few countries. Actually, United States, Germany, Australia and
the UK were the first countries the game was available in, but currently
Portugal and Spain have also joined the list. There are also other countries
who are able to play Pokémon Go thanks to the available app downloads that are
Why Pokémon Go Is So Popular
There are various reasons why
this game is very popular and they are as follows:-
- One of The Best Nintendo Creations
Nintendo has for years ignored the thriving
Smartphone app market, but they finally realized how much they are losing in
potential sales and came up with Pokémon Go. It is not a great game in terms of
game play; there are actually better ones, but where it beats most games, is
through the experience it offers. It stands out from other virtual games
because it allows the users to become virtual trainers of Pokémon by fully
using the real world geography as the actual map to use when hunting and
capturing the Pokémon. It is a simple game, fun enough to keep the player
playing and it lacks the usual constraints and difficult mechanics common with
most virtual games. Nintendo has actually achieved a lot more than other gaming
companies with this gaming app.
- It Gets Users Outdoors
base of this game continues to grow daily. Unlike most games that make people
play within their homes, Pokémon Go gets them to leave their homes and venture
out to go and catch Pokémon in the parks and other surrounding places. Many
users love this fact and it has even saved many from getting depressed because
they actually have something involving to keep them busy and they are
exercising by walking.
- Creates Gaming Communities Everywhere
countries where this app is used, gaming communities have cropped up in various
parts. Likeminded users who have a common love for Pokémon Go have met and
socialized. The communities formed have
brought people of different ages together who would under normal circumstances
- The Games Encourages Many To Be Social
aspect of this game is unmistakable. Pokémon Go has managed to bring
communities together in a very unique way that common video games have never.
People are meeting up in many social places and recognizing others playing the
game as they walk around.
Is It A Potential Threat
Pokemon Go has become popular
throughout the globe since it release but the horrid incidents of crimes,
injuries, accidents, and very forceful religious decrees seem to multiply. The
incidents range from very bizarre, quite alarming and very very scary. Both
online and live criminals have gotten bolder thanks to this game.
Cyber Criminals Haven
The game has created a security
threat for its users who are the main targets for the cyber criminals. There are malicious versions of this game
that have been widely distributed online which enables the hackers to load a
lot more than the lovely Pokémon on the unsuspecting players’ devices. These
malware-ridden Pokémon apps are not only found in the unofficial stores, but
they are also in the official stores. To reduce the chances of falling prey to
malicious cyber criminals, players are advised to obtain the app only from the
official store and always verify its authenticity before downloading it on
their device. Nintendo has a guide on how to do so.
Sometimes players might have the
official app installed but they still have to worry about their privacy. For example when players register the app
using their Google accounts, the program gains full access to the users account
and contains the ability to see the contents of the users’ profiles. Concerns
were raised about this but Nintendo pointed out that it was an innocent
programming error which was highly doubted since the company disabled the
creating account option on the official Nintendo site. Currently the app has
been corrected and it only accesses only the basics of the users’ profiles.
Another thing that is cause for
alarm about this game is that it requires the players to activate geo-location
always. This allows the company that created Pokémon to know your exact
location whenever you play the game. In case of a data breach, the amount of
private data that can be leaked from the servers of the game could cause a lot
of damage. That makes it the most dangerous game to play.
The Physical Threat Of The Game
Apart from IT security aspect of
the game, there is actually a more horrifying danger posed by this game which
is actually physical. There have been cases of crowds of people in a park going
after a single Pokémon, users that have trespassed on to private properties and
being fired at or bitten by guard dogs; users have gotten lost from chasing
these Pokémon into caves or forests, criminals have used the app to lure
players and rob or assault them, some drivers have also caused accidents
because they were driving while playing the game. The incidents where this game
has caused physical harm to players are many and some have even made the
headlines in the news.
Users are advised to always be
aware of their physical surroundings even when they are deep into the virtual
reality to avoid making the Pokémon hunt dangerous to them. They are reminded
that they should always be aware of the dangers the real world poses. In short,
using common sense is very important while playing this game for one to avoid
coming to physical harm.
Is Pokémon Go Evil?
Pokémon Go is great, it has
allowed people to get out of their houses, socialize, exercise and make their
lives generally better. However, is there a dark side to this game? Is Pokémon
Evil? Or Demonic. Many lovers of this game would ignore such questions believing
them to be utter nonsense but there are some who believe the game is evil.
Religious leaders don’t like the fact that there are ghost and psychic Pokémon
in the game. In Russia officials are getting unsettled about this game despite
the fact that there hasn’t been any Russian release of the game. They are
already making inflammatory quotes about the game and its effect on the society
of Russia. There are many security concerns and the physical harm that some
players have experienced, while playing this game.
It can be said that this game is
really evil since it has generated a lot of evil. There are also many bizarre
instances where players have found Pokémon on graveyards. Many players have
commented on how graveyards are Pokémon hotspots. There has also been an
instance where the game has led a player to a dead body. Players have caught
Pokémon during funerals and the shootings, stabbings, the crimes and the
injuries and accidents that have happened to players actually require that firm
guidelines be set about how this game should be played. Laws should be set to
regulate the players. Some countries like Saudi Arabia have banned the game and
many more are going to follow suit by the look of things.
Despite all this negativity, Pokémon
Go continues to grow in popularity and more incidents continue to be reported
daily. Perhaps players should reconsider whether they actually need such a game
in their lives and those who haven’t bought it should seriously give a deep
thought to whether they should buy or not.