Pokemon GO has been a worldwide phenomenon since its release last week. ?Trainers? excitedly go out into the real world to catch these digital pocket monsters, their smartphones in hand. But behind the thrills of actually searching for pokemons to catch around your area, real threats abound for players.
Just a few days after the release of the augmented reality mobile gaming app, there were already reports of deaths and accidents related to playing the game.
The death wasn?t of a player though, but one player just happened to discover a body while she was searching for pokemons in rural Wyoming. According to CNNMoney, the game led the teen, Shayla Wiggins, 19, to a body in the river when she was trying to look for water pokemons.
The teen?s mother said that her daughter was ?pretty scared and shaken? but she?s doing much better now. Wiggins told CNNMoney, ?I probably would have never went down there if it weren?t for this game. But in a way, I?m thankful. I feel like I helped find his body. He could have been there for days.?
The death of the man whose body was found by Wiggins was said to be caused by an accident.
Meanwhile on Long Island, New York, Mike Schultz, 21, took his skateboard for a spin to look for pokemons, NYPost reports. But he cut his hand after hitting a big crack on the sidewalk and told the publication, ?I just wanted to be able to stop quickly if there were any Pokemons nearby to catch. I don?t think the company is really at fault.?
While 22-year-old Kyire Tompkins twisted her ankle when she fell on the sidewalk while wandering around town in Waterville, Maine in search for the critters.
Aside from accidents and locating a body, NintendoEnthusiast reports of a series of armed robberies in Missouri with perpetrators victimizing Pokemon Go players. The suspects allegedly set lures in the game and wait for the players to arrive at a location. After making it to a parking lot, the suspects would rob the player at gunpoint.
Four suspects have been caught connected to the robberies, while a handgun was also recovered.
It may be a virtual game but you?re wandering around a REAL world here. So Pokemon Go players, always keep safety in mind while playing the game. You, as trainers, should know that. 🙂