Pokeman Go, the mobile game that has become a phenomenon, has arrived in the UK. It has already been available in the US, Australia and Germany but some UK gamers found ways around the country restriction to get early access.
The app lets players roam a map using their phone’s GPS location data and catch Pokémon to train and battle. The game has added millions to the value of Nintendo, which part-owns the franchise.
However, some people have raised concerns about the app’s safety. The Chief Executive of the children’s charity NSPCC has urged the app’s makers to adapt the game, warning that adults could use it to prey on children.
The game uses a smartphone’s GPS location and real-world maps to track players as they move around. Players can visit Pokestops – typically landmarks or buildings – and collect free items in the game. The main aim is to catch Pokémon, which pop up along the way. The game provides an augmented reality experience, using the smartphone’s camera to provide a live view of the world, with Pokémon superimposed.
www.bbc.co.uk/technews (14th July 2016)