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Old 07-15-2016, 08:59 AM #21
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Okay guys, fess up time from me - I have not a clue what this craze is all about.

Could some kind soul plainly write an idiots guide for me please?
here in america pokemon is a cartoon character. each "pokemon" character has a different name and shape and what it does for human owner. (think like having a cat or dog ).

now take it a step further. each pokemon character has fights (called battles) with other pokemon characters for their owners entertainment and pleasure, and to get out of sticky situations. (think like a wrestling tv show where wrestlers fight each other in a ring and each wrestler wants that famous wrestling belt that says they are the best)

in this case the reward for winning a battle is a human owning the other humans pokemon character. the goal is to own as many pokemon characters that you can aquire in battles.

in pokemon a person has poke balls that they use to fight and capture the pokemon characters and the human can lure a pokemon to their location for battle and capture.

now bring this concept into pokemon go .....pokemon go incorporates google maps into the game. when a person turns on the app. they see the game imposed on a map of their location. As they are out around their town and location a pokemon character will pop up. the human throws a pokeball at it and if hit the character goes into the pokeball and becomes owned by that human. there are spots (in the game these spots are called poke stops) around the map where the person can go to recharge\buy\ acquire more poke balls and exercise\train their aquired pokemon characters and battle each others pokemon characters.

though it is a fun game many are finding this real time game playing has its problems and dangers like criminal activity of people setting out their "lures" and then waiting for someone to come to battle \capture the pokemon. when they get there the criminal mugs, stabs or otherwise harms the person that shows up thinking the "lure" is a pokemon that needs to be captured. the google maps and google gps system that the game uses is mis informing game players that private homes are public places where they can battle\capture\train\ and recharge pokemon characters and poke balls. its also becoming a hazard in some cities because public service locations (police and fire stations) are finding it hard to do their jobs with people blocking entrances, sneaking around in the shadows and using their buildings as places to capture\battle and train recharge.
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Okay guys, fess up time from me - I have not a clue what this craze is all about.

Could some kind soul plainly write an idiots guide for me please?
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Pokémon Go, explained in fewer than 400 words

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Been out playing more Pokemon GO today. Hard not to when everyone has lure modules set up near your flat.

Actually had some decent conversations with a couple of people today & swapped numbers with one of them.

Most people playing the game seem to be 20 somethings to me. Seen very few kids/teenagers playing. Apparently there is a facebook group for my city which has 650+ members.
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cnn, world news and local news broadcasts are reporting convicted child sex offenders are now using pokemon go to talk with, and play the game with and lure children. ( cant say I didnt see this one coming), just a beware tip for parents in general and parents who have children old enough to go out around on their own playing this game.
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The world can be a very sick place when activities like Pokemon are used for criminal purposes. It kind of reminds me of Halloween and taking advantage of candy, masks,etc.
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cnn, world news and local news broadcasts are reporting convicted child sex offenders are now using pokemon go to talk with, and play the game with and lure children. ( cant say I didnt see this one coming), just a beware tip for parents in general and parents who have children old enough to go out around on their own playing this game.
Oh my god! That is horrible! I just cannot stand that such people have to tarnish every good and fun thing in the world. I am really, really hoping to not see in the news of an attack/molestation/murder/etc. occurring and having been directly or even indirectly been caused by victim playing the game. I do know my fiance has been threatened with violence several times by other players of the game becoming hostile over "gyms". Such encounters can escalate so quickly and it worries me. Luckily the only inflicted harm he's had is falling off his bike while playing.
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Thanks for the explanations everyone, very helpful.

Sounds fun but disheartening to hear those with bad intentions are misusing it, I guess it's up to parents to step up to the mark and teach their kids safety, keeping to daylight, very public areas, not engaging with strangers, keeping to their own group of friends.
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I thought this article pretty well sums up what I've seen going on:

Pokemon and the power of nostalgia

Amazing how many people you see going around playing it. I didn't think it'd be as big here as in the US, but seems it is probably.

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Sounds fun but disheartening to hear those with bad intentions are misusing it, I guess it's up to parents to step up to the mark and teach their kids safety, keeping to daylight, very public areas, not engaging with strangers, keeping to their own group of friends.

Yeah it is a concern but I think you are right in that if people take the right precautions, however old they are then they will be fine.

Certainly a lot of good to come out of it. Gaming outside the house really seems like a winner.

Although it is possible just to put lures down & get the pokemon to come to you... you still have to travel around to the different areas to get different types.
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People need to stop being so negative. If a game can make people actually go outside it's a great thing! My friend just got it and she loves it! She wants me to get it too but her phone is so much better so I think I will tag along her anyway. It would be the same fun. Also I am amused by the craziness people collecting at pokestops where you barely see a soul normally. My friend is happy and she hasn't been happy of excited in ages.
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People might be walking around but how much are they really taking in? Two men just walked off a cliff in California cause they weren't paying attention.
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the first thing the game says whenever they open it is to stay aware of your surroundings. it's the first loading page.
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