If you’ve scrolled through Twitter over the past 24 hours, you’ve likely noticed something strange. There’s either a new, deep renaissance of childhood nostalgia happening or Pokemon are here IRL. The real answer is somewhere in between. A new app, Pokemon GO, premiered on the app store yesterday and is already taking over everybody’s free time. It’s currently only available in the US, Australia and New Zealand — and it’s at the top of the app charts in those three countries.
Pokemon GO is based on a system of Augmented Reality (AR) that allows users to hunt down Pokemon while they’re out and about every day. And it’s addictive! It’s shaking up commutes and making people venture all over town to hunt down a Mewtwo or Snorlax. And, of course, Twitter is going crazy with its newfound Poke-power.
And in Australia, the app has caught the attention of police. When people started wandering into a local station on the hunt for Pokemon, officers decided to intervene. “Whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs,” they wrote on Facebook. “It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.”
Solid advice for all Pokemon trainers out there. Now go catch ’em all — but safely.
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(h/t 9 to 5 Mac)
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