Pokémon GO isn’t a new fever. We know how the addiction of the Pokémon cards had spread in the 1990s. Sadly, when cooler trends began to surface, a lot of people ended up hiding their Pokémon cards and drifting away from this obsession.
But yes, 2016 brings back the Pokémon fever back like never before. It has taken the world by a storm. If you still somehow have become oblivious of all of this, you can now make sense as to why strange things have been happening near you lately. People walking around gazing at their phones, entering into strange places and searching for Pokémon gyms; this isn’t entirely lunacy. With reports of accidents, unreal police station encounters and even discovering a dead body, it’s said that the game app will take over the popularity of Twitter. We call it the Pokémon GO fever. But before you head out of the house wearing your Pikachu shirt, here are some things you need to know!
1. Not Everyone is Blessed with Pokémon GO
Before you end up diagnosing yourself with this fever, it’s important to know that the game isn’t as yet released in all destinations around the world. Because the news has spread faster than the jungle fire, the chances are that your country will be blessed with it sooner than you know. Of course, the United States is always a step ahead when it comes to this. Since its release in US, Pokémon has made its way to Australia and New Zealand. Just lately, its release in United Kingdom and Japan has been a sigh of relief for many Pokémon lovers. We’re still waiting for the time when China and other Asian countries plunge into the Pokémon craze!
2. It’s a Battery Drainer
If you’re fed up with the way your battery drains, you’d have to be particularly conscious when it comes to using this game. For those who are already addicted to it, you’d know why your battery runs out a bit too fast. Because the functionality of the game is Augmented Reality based, it takes up a lot of your battery usage. The game requires you to use GPS and a fully functional internet connection. On top of it, the graphics surely add to draining your battery. Before you get hooked to the fever, ensure you’ve battery alternatives. After all, who would wish their battery to exhaust the moment they’re nearer to Mission-Pokémon-Hunt.
3. It’s Great for Loners
Have you been a loner for life? Gives you an even better reason to go with the flow and hunt for Pokémon. That is the wonderful part of Augmented Reality games. You step out into the real world and interact with people you’ve never wished to know. Thousands of people around the world have become friends not because of a night out in the club, but simply because of a Lure drop on a Pokéstop! Isn’t that really cool?
4. You’d End Up in Unfamiliar Surroundings
It’s best to be aware of what you’re opting for. With strange reporting in the recent news, it is alarming how the Pokémon fever has made people travel to places they’ve never even dreamt of. While one man’s church house turned into a Pokémon gym, other people are complaining of their driveways getting blocked because these game users refuse to move away. It will take you to neighborhoods far and beyond your imagination. But before you get carried away and jump of the cliff, get a grasp of your senses.
5. Pokémon GO has caused Accidents
If you think the fever is harmless, it does come with a heavy cost. This Nintendo game has raised an alarm because of the number of accidents being reported. We heard just sometime back of a man who crashed his car into a tree because he couldn’t keep his craze under control. Even more shocking were the two men who were rescued after falling from 90-feet ocean bluff in California!
What does it mean to you? When Pokémon GO gets released in your country, stop yourself from using it while driving and walking. The irony is, you can’t play the game without walking!
6. A New Way to Stay Healthy
If you’re fed up of the conventional ways of staying fit, Pokémon GO might be the right one for you. After all, what’s the fun in all the gym workout and diet plans you’ve gathered all your life?
You can’t play the game without walking, I repeat. Since you’d have to search for Pokémon in different gyms, be prepared to walk for miles in the hunt of hatching those eggs!
How long is the fever likely to last? We do not know. For now, it can be clearly seen that it has only started! When Wiggins, a teenager, found a dead body by the river in Wyoming while lost in her universe of Pokémon GO, we knew the game certainly had some power in it. Pokémon GO has continued to make alarming discoveries around the world, and we continue to receive more of them. Until then, be safe while you’re hooked to it!