Pokémon Go is kind of a big deal
People are going nuts over the newest mobile sensation from Niantic and The Pokémon Company
It’s been less than a week since Niantic and The Pokémon Company/Nintendo released their newest mobile game Pokémon Go, and people have been going absolutely bonkers for the game.
Developed by Niantic and released July 6 on Android and iOS, the game pits players and their mobile devices in a quest to track down as many Pokémon as possible in an augmented reality, location-based experience.
Nintendo is already seeing profits rise as the company’s stock jumped 25 percent on Monday. The game has apparently surpassed Tinder in daily users and is on track to overtake Twitter. But that’s not all the game has brought the world.
On Monday, CNN published an article rounding up some of the craziness surrounding the game including a man’s house that was turned into a Pokémon gym – a place for the little creatures to battle – bringing with it tons of traffic, a teenager found a dead body in Wyoming and armed robbers used the game to lure in victims in Missouri, which led Nintendo to make a statement telling players to use the buddy system and exercise caution when playing.
But that’s not all. Like with many mobile games and apps, concerns have already risen over privacy settings as it became widely known that Pokémon Go can access a player’s Google account to a scary degree. Though apparently, that issue has been all but fixed via a patch for the game.
Additionally, we’ve seen hundreds of hilarious memes, videos and other pop culture references in the days since the game launched. The game even showed up at the White House and on Jimmy Fallon!
However, not everyone is a fan of the game. Many people have taken to social media to express their hatred for the game, and the Washington Post even published an opinion article about why the game is no good.
We here at SCG haven’t been overcome with the craze (yet), but we do urge you to keep catching as many Pokémon as you can. Just, please, be safe while doing so! Oh, and be sure to share your Pokémon Go stories and experiences (as well as tips and tricks) in the comments section below.
Note: Some information has been updated for correctness in this article.