Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pokemon GO is Insanely Addictive

Pokémon GO is the insanely addictive phone game that's taking over the world by storm. In fact, the Pokémon Go craze has doubled the price of Nintendo's shares and sent the game to the top of App Stores around the world.
Pokémon GO is a free-to-play mobile game that you can download for iOS or Android. While it's free, you have the option to use real money to buy PokéCoins (they vary from USD0.99 to USD99.99). Those PokéCoins are used to purchase Pokéballs or other in-game items you need to be able to catch Pokémons.
The game works by using your phone’s GPS for your real-world location and augmented reality to bring up those cool-looking Pokémon on your screen.
To truly enjoy the game, you have to actually get off your couch and wander around in real life! The Pokémons appear through your phone's camera like this:

Since the game’s launch in July 2016, the game has been hugely popular. After all, the fun element is obvious. If anything, the chance to play outside must be healthy, promoting exercise in the fresh air, right?
But be warned! There are plenty of things that can go wrong while playing. Stories have been flooding in of unfortunate players who’ve ended up in awkward or even downright dangerous situations as they take to the streets in search of their favorite pocket monsters.
Indonesian police detained a 27-year old French man for trespassing on a military base in Cirebon, Java. And in Bosnia, a demining group had received information that gamers were going into landmine areas.
In Baltimore, USA, it was reported that a driver rammed into a parked police patrol car while playing the game on his smartphone. And police in O’Fallon in Missouri, USA received a 2 AM call about a group of four teens who were parked in a Pokémon hotspot – according to reports, when players of the game stumbled into the parking lot that the teens were hiding in, they’d exit the car and rob gamers at gunpoint.
In a post on Reddit which has since been deleted, user scarstruck4 explained that, while working for a bank dealing with sensitive information, the player couldn’t help but whip out their phone to try to capture a Zubat which was flying nearby. While scarstruck4’s company allows the use of phones at desks, using the camera is a serious breach of security measures, and as Pokémon GO uses a phone’s camera to create an augmented reality image, scarstruck4’s phone was promptly confiscated and sent for inspection at the company’s head office. In the meantime, scarstruck4 is looking at serious disciplinary action.
The virtual game’s popularity is spreading far and wide. And once it grabs hold of you, you're hooked! Some Muslim countries have even issued fatwas against it.
As a player of this augmented reality mobile game, you will need to exercise extra caution. So the next time a rare Pokémon appears in the middle of the road, be sure to ask yourself whether it’s worth risking a car crash to get hold of it.

A simple choice really but for gamers, it may not be that simple.
On Wednesday, Moussa Dembele scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty as Celtic moved one round away from the Champions League group stage.
A Leigh Griffiths penalty (45+3) had put Celtic 1-0 ahead, and 2-1 on aggregate, against FC Astana. But their evening was thrown into chaos when the Kazakh side’s Agim Ibraimi scored from 40 yards in the sixty-second minute.
Extra time – and possibly penalties – seemed to beckon until Dembele won the penalty that he then converted for his first goal for the club.
Celtic are just two games away from the Champions League group stage. Even if they lose that tie, they are guaranteed a place in the group stage of the Europa League

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