All the Pokémon Go Facts and Figures You Need
August 4, 2016: Since its release on July 6th, Pokémon Go has broken dozens of national and worldwide records. At almost one month after the app’s debut, not only has it broken records, it has also generated some interesting press.
In light of this immense popularity, Couponbox.com has decided to compile a handy list of the most interesting and at times, outlandish stories related to Pokémon Go. The app was created by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo.
After hours of scouring the internet, Couponbox.com found that Pokémon Go has more than 21 million active users in the United States alone. It has been downloaded more than 100 million times and is now ranked the #1 mobile app ahead of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
With 151 catchable Pokémon in the game and very few users who have already caught them all, players tend to go to extremes while hunting Pokémon. Some of these extremes unfortunately have involved automobiles, underscoring the need the think about safe cellphone use.
A 19-year-old man crashed his car into a school in Melbourne, Australia, because he was hunting Pokémon. And a man in Baltimore crashed into a police cruiser while playing the game. While there are some serious safety issues that have come to light as a result of the game’s popularity, other quite outlandish happenings have received a great deal of news coverage.
Two men fell off a cliff in San Diego while playing Pokémon Go. Although they both survived, one of them fell 90 feet, which could have been fatal. Three players in Germany wandered onto an military firing range in search of Pokémon. Needless to say, keeping your head down looking at your phone is dangerous regardless of the app you are using.
The true purpose of Pokémon Go, according to its creator John Hanke of Niantic, is not to ignore your surroundings, but to engage more closely to it. The game is full of helpful local and historical information available at what are called PokéStops. There are thousands of these stops, most of which were created by the players of Niantic’s earlier game, Ingress, which can be likened as the base model for Pokémon Go.
There is a process of suggesting which locations are tagged with what information in the game. And with millions of active players, they are increasing rapidly.
Pokémon Go is a part of the augmented reality phenomenon, which itself is a predecessor of virtual reality. The future of virtual reality will no doubt include similar functions featured in Pokémon Go, focusing on engaging people in their environment instead of detaching them from it.
Companies like Apple, who are expected to be releasing the new iPhone 7 in September are spending a lot of money on both virtual and augmented reality technologies.
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