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Old 11 July 2016, 01:05 PM
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Cell Phone Pokemon Go is Getting Everyone to Exercise

If you spot people running around the city entranced by their smartphones, they’re probably just playing Pokémon Go. (Photo: Getty)

In case you’re wondering why Pokémon is suddenly blowing up your Facebook and Twitter feeds, it all has to do with Pokémon Go, a new game that’s putting Nintendo’s once-ubiquitous cartoon creatures back in the spotlight — and getting users to be a lot more active. That’s right: it’s a video game that’s actually tricking everyone into exercising more (so sneaky, Pikachu!).
https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/pokemon...102550243.html

(of course 'everyone' is an exaggeration).
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Old 11 July 2016, 01:16 PM
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Pokemon Go is also a health hazard and a potential legal nightmare...

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But as the new mobile game has exploded across the United States, players are becoming so immersed in it that they're actually getting hurt and doing stupid, unsafe things. Apparently, if the armed robbers and dead bodies don't trip you up while playing the game, curbs, cracks in the sidewalk, and wandering into traffic will.
http://mashable.com/2016/07/11/pokemon-go-safety/

I've also seen reports on Twitter about private homes and businesses being tagged in the game as Pokemon Gyms or shops. No news articles to cite on that, yet, but one guy has had up to 30 people in a day come to his yard and he eventually found out that his house was a Gym.




Here's another fun one... Hell's Angel's Motorcycle Club...




And I started another thread a little while ago about a black man fearing for his safety when playing the game. How many people would get nervous about a black man wandering around randomly in their neighborhood?
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Old 11 July 2016, 02:15 PM
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I wouldn't be nervous about a black man wandering randomly around my neighborhood, it's a daily occurrence since I have two black neighbors and a neighbor whose close friend with another black man. Shockingly they don't do anything, even when they're randomly wandering (happens when they're out smoking, they, just like the white people, randomly walk around). This is a common feeling amongst most of the people I know, both nearby and in other places. People aren't as racist as you seem to think.

You don't actually have to go up INTO places to use the stop/gym, and hanging out within a few feet of the stop or gym for a few moments isn't that risky so long as you practice normal safety procedures.

It's about common sense (and teaching your children the same).
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Old 11 July 2016, 02:26 PM
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I wouldn't be nervous about a black man wandering randomly around my neighborhood, it's a daily occurrence since I have two black neighbors and a neighbor whose close friend with another black man. Shockingly they don't do anything, even when they're randomly wandering (happens when they're out smoking, they, just like the white people, randomly walk around). This is a common feeling amongst most of the people I know, both nearby and in other places. People aren't as racist as you seem to think.
In general, I agree, but the article I was referring to was written by a black man who was expressing concern about it. Sometimes, and sadly quite often, black people are profiled for being "out of place" and "acting suspicious."
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Old 11 July 2016, 03:40 PM
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I've also seen reports on Twitter about private homes and businesses being tagged in the game as Pokemon Gyms or shops.
The gyms and pokestops were crowdsourced as points of interest submitted by Ingress players as portals, although how Niantic decided which to use as what in Pokemon Go I don't know. My guess is that the people who submitted the fountain in their front yard or a plaque nailed to their fence as a portal in an effort to get one they could hack* from their couch are coming to regret it now that there are significantly more people playing.

*Hacking an Ingress portal is how you get gear. Having a couch portal means you can get lots of gear without leaving the comfort of your home, so less than ethical players would submit any old thing within reach and hope it looked convincing enough to be accepted.
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Old 11 July 2016, 04:18 PM
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People aren't as racist as you seem to think.
Some people are, unfortunately.

ETA: Also, TGG asked a question, she didn't make a statement. :-)
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Old 11 July 2016, 04:40 PM
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People aren't as racist as you seem to think.
Enough of them are that my black friends have to fear for their safety while going about everyday tasks, including playing Pokemon Go. That fact that you wouldn't call the cops on a black person wandering around your neighborhood doesn't negate the danger of walking while black.
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Old 11 July 2016, 04:43 PM
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Some people are, unfortunately.

ETA: Also, TGG asked a question, she didn't make a statement. :-)
It was the question brought up by the article I referenced. The author was concerned about such a thing happening.
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Old 11 July 2016, 04:50 PM
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Still, a question, not a statement.
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Old 11 July 2016, 06:51 PM
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You don't actually have to go up INTO places to use the stop/gym, and hanging out within a few feet of the stop or gym for a few moments ...
I haven't spent any time at a gym, but one can hit up stops while driving by. No need to even stop.
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Old 11 July 2016, 07:03 PM
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I haven't spent any time at a gym, but one can hit up stops while driving by. No need to even stop.
Beachlife!, are you both the one hitting up stops and the one driving?

If so, please don't!

ETA: TGG's question was "How many people would get nervous about a black man wandering around randomly in their neighborhood? " The answer doesn't have to be 'everybody' for there to be problems caused for said black man. It only takes one per neighborhood to call the police, or far worse decide to shoot first.

I've read enough stuff written by black people on the subject to conclude that "normal safety procedures" aren't the same thing for everybody.

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Old 11 July 2016, 07:09 PM
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Sorry to have derailed the OP. There is a lot of good coming from the game, too. As the OP said people are getting out and walking around. Two more Mashable stories have a positive spin... it can help your dating life and it can bring families to gether:

http://mashable.com/2016/07/11/pokem...as-dating-app/

http://mashable.com/2016/07/11/pokem...y-bonding-dad/

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Maybe I should have been more clear, passengers in my car have hit up stops while we drove by. I have also done this when someone else was driving. The driver does not need to slow down or do anything. This on city streets, can't say about the highway.
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This is the man whose house is a gym.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...-a7129756.html
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This is the man whose house is a gym.
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Developers Niantic only allow people to report locations if they present “immediate physical danger”, and makes clear that requests to have them removed “for other reasons cannot be addressed at this time”.
So they can use private property for their game, and nobody's supposed to be able to do anything about it?

What if someone in that house is ill, or just died? What if the location they mistakenly thought was ordinary public ground has been closed because an endangered species is nesting there? Even if all they're doing is preventing someone who chose their living space specifically so they could sleep during the day shift because they work at night from getting any rest: they need some way for the people whose property it is to weigh in on whether they want to be able to get out of the game.
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After being bombarded by visitors playing Pokémon Go since Thursday, the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. is kindly asking Pokétrainers to go find their magical creatures somewhere else.

http://mashable.com/2016/07/12/holoc...um-pokemon-go/






And as one might expect, the game can draw out the worst in some people...


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Rule 34: If it exists there is porn of it.

One of the oldest rules on the internet continues to prove itself true over and over again, this time in the wake of wildly successful augmented reality game Pokémon Go.
http://mashable.com/2016/07/12/pokemon-porn-/
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Old 12 July 2016, 11:21 PM
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And now, Arlington National Cemetery has had to ask people to stop playing Pokemon on the grounds.


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And now, Arlington National Cemetery has had to ask people to stop playing Pokemon on the grounds.
Good grief.

-- literally, in both those cases.

I don't know whether I'm more freaked out that the game designers thought that was a bright idea, or that significant numbers of people playing the game went along with it.
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Old 12 July 2016, 11:57 PM
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The game apparently uses some generic database of public places that includes museums, churches, and, sadly, cemeteries. Arlington isn't the only cemetery that's having trouble with players.

As seen from the above stories, even peoples' homes and places of business have been erroneously included in the database with no recourse to have them removed.

Here's another story about an unusual public place that's a bit of a health hazard to get to:

A fountain in the middle of Wellington Harbour in New Zealand -- being a public place or park -- is in the database. So... you guessed it...

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http://mashable.com/2016/07/11/pokem...ke-wellington/
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I haven't tried it, but I have noticed some people stopping and standing around in unusual places, sometimes in groups all using their phones simultaneously. At the park, hanging out next to churches and museums, etc.
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