All of us wanted to become Pokemon masters like Ash or Misty growing up. Now your dreams can come true, sadly only in augmented reality.
User in India though have to hold on to the dream for some more time. The game has not been officially launched in India but people are able to download it and it seems to be fully functional.
What is Pokemon?
Pokémon which was a created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995 centred on fictional characters called Pokémons. It became a household name as children got hooked to the show and parents could not stop complaining about the same. Pokémon merchandise also became a big hit. The show still gets telecasted on television even after 21 years of its creation.
A console based game was created by Nintendo in 1998 and subsequent spin-offs came out in 1999 and 2000.
Pokemon made a comeback on 6 July this year with a mobile based game called Pokemon Go.The game was created by Niantic Inc., a San Francisco spin-off of Google parent company Alphabet Inc.
To play, you open the game and then start going to famous local landmarks marked as Pokémon gyms or Pokestops where you can gather supplies such as Pokeballs and capture Pokemons. The game uses the phone’s GPS, in-game camera and the clock to locate and capture Pokemons.
The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokemon in the game.
Why Is It Driving People Crazy?
It is free, easy to download and play. It fulfils the fantasy of Pokemon fans of being a Pokemon master. There has been a huge change from the console-based game as now one has to physically move around in the real world and capture Pokemons around you. You find water type Pokemons near places with water and grass type Pokemons near parks.
Pokemon Go in India?
The world is going crazy over the game, people are getting injured, children are sneaking into stranger’s backyards, middle-aged are people running around streets and apparently teens are using the app to lure people into armed robberies.
Indians have had a hard time using the same because of security issues and Pokémon gyms being in places that cannot be accessed easily.
It would be fair to note that the Indian maps are not loaded on the game’s servers. Also, there are a few security issues with the apk file which has been downloaded by people, claims a report.
In other news
Pokémon Go sales boosted Nintendo shares in only a few days of its launch. According to Reuters, shares of Japan’s Nintendo Co soared more than 20 percent after Friday’s surge, adding $7.5 billion to its market value in just two days.
The Pokémon aren’t real, at least not yet. But who knows what’s next ?