POKEMON GO (Honest Game Trailers)
Be apart of the trend thats more popular and annoying that people who take vaping seriously, that could thousands of new fans into the franchise by making it free to play, sticking it on your phone and taking out more of the parts that make it an actual video game. Its Pokemon GO!
The game has been referred to as a “social media phenomenon” which has brought people together from all walks of life. Numerous media outlets referred to the surge in popularity as “Pokémon Go Mania” or simply “Pokémania”.
The massive popularity of the game resulted in several unusual positive effects. For example, the game enabled players to help catch criminals and to report crimes in progress, and has even aided law enforcement’s community relations, albeit with caveats.Businesses have benefited from the nearby presence of PokéStops (or their being PokéStops themselves) with the concomitant influx of people,and the intense exploration of communities has brought local history to the forefront. Some establishments considered purchasing lures in the game to attract additional players to PokéStops on their property. Within a week of its release, a secondary market emerged for the game, both for the resell of high-level accounts on Craigslist and PlayerUp, and for the sale of expert advice onThumbtack.Wireless provider T-Mobile US started an offer for free data for a year for Pokémon Go sessions,and Yelp added a filter that only shows businesses which have a PokéStop nearby.
National parks across the United States saw an influx of visitors due to the game, with “hundreds or thousands” of people visiting the National Mall and Memorial Parksin Washington, D.C. on the weekend following Pokémon Go‘s release in the country.Small museums with PokéStops placed at exhibits also reported increased attendance, such as the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Boca Raton, Florida Charity organizations also sought engagement from players, with animal shelters offering dog walks to people who want to hatch eggs.
Eduardo Paes, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, stated that he hoped the app was released in Brazil before the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics in the city, and United States presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump mentioned the app during their 2016 election campaigns. In late July 2016, during a public address, the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella compared a political issue about the date of an incoming referendum as preposterous as the hunt for the Pokémon.
Shortly after the game’s release, Bellator mixed martial artist Michael Page celebrated a knockout of his match opponent, Evangelista Santos by putting on a red Ash Ketchum-like hat and rolling a prop Poké Ball in Santos’s direction. On July 25, Dwayne Johnsonreleased a promo video featuring MatPat and Ali-A with himself as a tough, rare Pokémon.
The game was credited for popularizing augmented reality, and was praised by genderfluid groups for letting the players choose a “style” instead of “gender”.
The “Pokémon Theme” from the animated series saw a 630% increase in listeners on music streaming platform Spotify during the month of the game’s release. Meanwhile, streaming services such as Huluhave experienced an increased viewership of the Pokémon series and films. A Twitch channel, Twitch Plays Pokémon Go, was created that mimics the crowd-played Twitch Plays Pokémon channel, allowing viewers to direct a virtual avatar in the game using an iPhone programmed to spoof its location.
Criticism and incidents
The app was criticized for using locations such as cemeteries and memorials as sites to catch Pokémon, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, theUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and Arlington National Cemetery. The game sparked complaints from Dutch company ProRail, who said that players entered their railway tracks, and fire stations told players to not impede their staff by congregating outside. The game’s distribution of PokéStops and gyms (derived from the portals of Ingress, Niantic’s science fiction-themed augmented reality game) has been noted to be sparser in many minority neighborhoods in a reflection of American demographics. Residents of the Sydney suburb of Rhodes became fed up with large numbers of players gathering in their area, and threw waterbombs at visiting players.
Multiple police departments in various countries have issued warnings, some tongue-in-cheek, regarding inattentive driving, trespassing, and being targeted by criminals due to being unaware of one’s surroundings. People have suffered various injuries from accidents related to the game, and Bosnian players have been warned to stay out of minefields left over from the 1990s Bosnian War. On July 20, 2016, it was reported that a 18-year-old boy in Chiquimula, Guatemalawas shot and killed while playing the game in the late evening hours. This was the first reported death in connection with the app. The boy’s 17-year-old cousin, who was accompanying the victim, was shot in the foot. Police speculated that the shooters used the game’s GPS capability to find the two. In Japan, the first accident occurred within hours of the game’s release.
Al Azhar in Cairo, Egypt, described the game as “harmful mania,” and a defense and national security committee parliamentarian regarded it an espionage tool. A Cossack leader declared that it “smacks ofSatanism,” Kuwait banned the game from government sites, Indonesian officials deemed it a national security threat, and in Israel the IDF banned the game from Army bases out of security considerations.In Saudi Arabia the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars declared, in light of a 2001 fatwa banning the Pokémon card game as a form of gambling, that the electronic app required a new ruling.
Pokémon Go has also been criticized for game accessibility issues by players with physical disabilities. The game is more difficult for those who are not able to move around, requiring players to walk around and have manual dexterity to experience the game. The AbleGamers Foundation sent a list of proposed modifications to Niantic for inclusion