Pokemon Go – We Have To Have A Talk
For those of us who haven’t installed (yet), here is what all the hype is about.
In my last class before summer holidays, I gave my students a 10 minute primer on Pokemon Go. It hasn’t even been released here yet, but they needed to understand the technology and be aware of the potential pitfalls (no pun intended) of this kind of game. Like a kitchen knife, it doesn’t need to be dangerous but is proving that it can be. Come September, I don’t want any empty seats because I didn’t speak up. The bicycle/car/train/pedestrian/mobile device per meter ratio in Japan, even in the “country” as they call my area, is simply too high to expect non-injurious play.
Virtual Reality takes people away from each other. Augmented Reality brings them together, and takes them outside for a walk or a run
or a mugging. Brilliant and elegant (and historical) game design.