The Pokemon game just surfaces weeks ago and already causing injuries due to gameplay. Let me brief you about the game in case you are not familiar with it. This is what you refer to as an augmented reality game, in which players are allowed to hold Pokemon captive (fictional characters based on Japanese franchise, i.e. video game, card game, etc.) in the actual world. These creatures are viewed through the camera of player’s phone as they walk through their neighborhood.
The game itself took some certain preventive measures and warned players to be aware of their surroundings and play safely, but many are not heading to this warning resulting into injuries.
Injuries arise as a result of loss of attention in watching the walkway; they are busy staring at their smart phone’s screen resulting in them slipping, tripping and falling into ditches and holes
Thanks to the creator of the game, the game will not start up while traveling at more than 20mph since it is meant to be played while walking and not while driving. Some gamers would have picked up interest in playing while on the wheel.
This is not just a problem for the children, as many of the injured are in their late 20s and 30s.
The positive side
Since the game is played while walking, people get to exercise their legs while playing. People bump into each other at the Pokemon site and get to interact with each other. So also people get to spend time outdoor when searching for pokemon in places such as parks, landmarks and other outdoor location they have never visited.
Precautions to take while playing
• Don’t play while driving. It is tantamount to texting while driving which is against the law and can at the same time be deadly.
• If walking or cycling, keep your eyes on the walkway. You stop to collect your creature once you sight a Pokemon. The game is nor worth an elbow, ankle or head injury, talk less your life.
Be smart and play safe.