Right from the start, I don’t think many people expected Pokemon Go to be as successful as it has become. A game where users go around collecting Pokemon has never been so widely known… until now. In fact, this is likely the first app of its kind that has actually caused some campuses to ban its use.This is not the only problem. There are many dangerous incidents that have been linked to the app.
Events that caught our attention
1. Player robbed at Gunpoint
In Auburn, a Pokemon Go player was robbed at gunpoint. The robbers took his cellphone and charger before leaving the scene. Luckily, the player had a good enough description to locate the robbers who were later charged. Apparently, the game directed the individual to a closed business building where the crime occurred.
2. Player hits Baltimore police car while playing
An officer’s bodycam captures video footage of the incident. There isn’t much more that really needs to be said…
3. Jerson Lopez de Leon and his 17 year old cousin were shot while attempting to catch Pokemon.
Jerson Lopez de Leon died after being shot along with his cousin while breaking and entering into a home in Guatemala catching Pokemon. This is the first death related to the game.
4. A teen discovers a body while looking for a water creatures
Shayla Wiggins finds a dead body along a river while trying to find a water Pokemon.
4. Two men walk of a cliff while playing Pokemon Go…
Two players in Encinitas, California got distracted while playing the app and fell 75 feet. Luckily they survived.
With many problems arising related to users playing Pokemon Go in hospitals, funeral homes, etc. Many companies have begun banning its use. From universities, hospitals, funeral homes, private properties, and even police stations, we find that users are finding it difficult to use common sense and determine where and when they should be playing.
Something New: Insurance!
Moscow-based SbérBank has begun offering Pokemon Go related incident coverage insurance.
We know there are many more incidents
It is difficult to justify many of the stupid incidents that have occurred with Pokemon Go. We also know that there are always going to be more dumb and surprising incidents that will come up in the near future. For any game readers, think before you do something simply to catch a Pokemon!