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Pokemon Go – We Have To Have A Talk

July 16, 2016
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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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2016 12:31 am

    It is a great game and the social element in appealing. The risks are very real however. I have caught two drivers playing the game while going down the highway.

  2. Blankman permalink*
    July 18, 2016 1:39 am

    Two twenty-year old men fell off a cliff to a 90-foot drop. They survived and weren’t cited even though they were trespassing. Ridiculous how this game is making people go insane. LOL

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