It’s all virtual fun until someone gets hurt
America is on fire right now with Pokémon Fever. People of all ages, seemingly many Millennials who actually played the card game years ago and who don’t want small children logging on and overwhelming the servers, are walking around in the real world trying to find Pokémon creatures hidden in their cities on the augmented reality game that uses a real world map and places virtual creatures over it. The game has become an addiction to many.
But while you’re walking around in another world with your head firmly buried in your phone, there are real world dangers that lie in wait. Opportunists are actually using “lures” in the game to bring unsuspecting folks to them, for one thing. This past week has already been rife with mishaps due to Pokémon Mania. These should act as cautionary tales for those of you who must catch them all.
Watch out for those lures.
Shayla Wiggens hadn’t been playing Pokémon Go for very long when she took off to catch the cute creatures in her small country hometown in Wyoming. She was doing well, then spotted another water creature near the Big Wind River. She walked into the undeveloped area almost to the water’s edge before realizing she was standing next to a real-life corpse. She immediately called police who said that the man was face down in three feet of water, but no foul play is suspected. If not for the addicting quality of the game, the body may have never been found. But I can’t say that this was a desirable outcome of running through the woods trying to find fake animals.
Evan Scribner wasn’t thinking about the location capabilities of the game when he was telling his girlfriend all about his latest catches. She noticed that Evan caught a Pokémon right where his ex-girlfriend’s house was. She walked out of his house, and his life. From what we understand, Evan hasn’t heard from her since. He might as well just go back to the ex since he likes her…and her house is full of Pokémon.
Other users are claiming that they’ve gotten lucky since they’re meeting new people while walking around capturing creatures. So it’s not all bad.