Pokemon Go: Not Without Its Risks

Jan 11, 2017 By Erik W, 10
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Nowadays, many video gamers play a newly released addictive game called Pokemon Go. It quickly jumped to the number 1 app in the game store, and became colossally famous.

In fact, it took away almost 20% of NIntendo’s market value. Created by the company Niantic, more than 15 million downloads occurred within one week after release. Pokemon Go earned thousands of “likes” from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The game lets you catch 151 types of Pokemon, and you battle with them in Poke Gyms. Places called Poke Stops allow you to tap a cube, then spin a circle for items such as Pokeballs, eggs, egg incubators, raspberries, potions, and revivals.This augmented reality game took the world by storm!

The reason why Pokemon Go took the world by storm was because it captured the imagination of virtual and real gamers. Twitter users commented that the game helped them socialize and enjoy fun groups. Some remain at home unable to play with friends, so participating in this game may help let them socialize. Because one-third of Americans suffer from obesity, playing Pokemon Go helps them lose weight because it involves walking. Most video games require gamers sit to inside without fresh air like a couch potato, so Pokemon Go helps them venture outdoors, breathe some fresh air, and exercise. The game helps many people play video games while walking or running.

In order to play the game, there must be a GPS. Employees at the original development company Niantic may be able to track you down with a monitoring device. In addition, individuals might think “The game is the real world! Not the other one!” Indeed, there have been accidents and deaths when playing the absorbing game.

Then there is the threat of being targeted by thieves and pickpockets. Why? Players are so absorbed in the game that thieves can take something valuable from them when they are unaware of the danger. Also, if you and your friend are playing that game and somebody has a gun and is shooting, you might not notice because there might be a Red Gyarados in sight.

Lastly, Pokemon Go can use up a lot of bandwidth. Bandwidth is when a person’s Wifi is so clogged up that it cannot be used. In order to play, you need to walk, so the game records every step you take and puts it as part of your data. 

I think that because of these issues, Pokemon Go’s stock market value will soon drop. If people are smart, they would look at a majestic sequoia instead of having their nose touching the rim of their smartphone. Clearly, I would not like this game very much. 


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Robotlover October 10, 2017 - 3:10pm

I think it is a fun thing, but the likelihood that it will get people in trouble is extremely high. This article is great for seeing the pros and cons.

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DhruvN June 12, 2017 - 5:59pm

In addition to my earlier opinion on why the stock price won't go down, two other reasons are because the company will adapt to the situation by adding security alerts to the app and reducing the amount of bandwith used. To add to that, Pokemon Go players will be more cautious and learn from other Pokeholics' mistakes.

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DhruvN June 12, 2017 - 5:42pm

  I believe that the stock market won't change for Pokemon Go because people get are too addicted to the app.

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Erikw June 13, 2017 - 2:45pm

First, Niantic, the creators of Pokemon GO, does not even have a publicly-held stock. As a 2015 spin-off company from Google, it is privately held, so there is no way to tell if the company is doing well. Also, according to ComScore, Pokemon GO lost four-fifths of their users by the end of 2016, so apparently, user "addiction" has seriously slowed. Lastly, lawsuits against Niantic went up because there were PokeGyms and PokeStops stationed at homes or privately property (without owner permission), so strangers disturbed owners to catch Pokemon on their land. As for security, the company has adapted, but unknown dangers and cyber threats still lurk (no software's perfect). That said, thanks for writing feedback and challenging my opinion. 

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iliketurtles April 14, 2017 - 12:42pm

Pokemon go = risk of death. P.S. I know you. I have the same teacher!

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girl power April 14, 2017 - 11:10am

I was surprised users died when playing this game. I agree that Pokemon Go is a dangerous game because it is addicting and is unsafe. I want to learn more about this subject because it is interesting and it is good to learn more. I learned that that I should not walk outside with a device because it is unsafe. You did a great job with applying your adjectives in your report.

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nmarrero March 29, 2017 - 11:23am

pokemon go is a fun game but when alot of people play it it is crazy

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kzheng March 29, 2017 - 6:43am

pokemon is okay

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Joseph11 (not verified) March 25, 2017 - 9:35am

Cool . This is really good. What I think can improve on is trying to add a counter argument. Otherwise this is a really good article!!!

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Erikw April 8, 2017 - 1:44pm

Thank you for replying, Joseph11! I would just like to ask if I should add one or two more points explaining why Pokemon GO is good, since I already included two positives and three negatives in my article. I attempted to make my argument extremely balanced; maybe the title appears a little biased to you, but I tried to say that the game was extremely fun as well. I appreciate you taking your time to write to me, and hope to hear your recommendation.

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Samanvitha March 16, 2017 - 1:53pm

I totally agree with you Eric W.

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rheppler March 10, 2017 - 1:37pm

No one in my neighborhood has been hurt playing pokemon go. I live in a rural area and the only pokestops are at a grocery store and a fountain. Some of the stories of people getting hurt are rumors. I have been playing pokemon go since it's release and i am not dead.

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Erikw April 8, 2017 - 2:03pm

Thanks for taking your time to write me, garretth. I live in a suburban area where there is a much larger risk of death, since there are more people, cars, and criminals. For example, in my city, this past week we had a real "code blue", which means that there is a criminal on the loose in the city. Over the past two weeks, there have been two gun activities, one including a kidnapping and a robbery at a nearby high school. I am glad that nobody has not been hurt in your hometown, but if you live in a urban or suburban area, you will have to be alert for situational dangers. It's true that some reports are fake, but most of are, sadly, real. A lot of cities have seen an increase of pedestrian deaths and injuries, many of them because of walking or driving while using their devices.   

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orethab March 9, 2017 - 10:44am

i think pokemon go is a cool game but the game is stared to get old 


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Tom March 7, 2017 - 7:59am

this game is ok it hasn't killed me.

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Lukadragon37 March 7, 2017 - 7:59am

Dis is no tru :P LOL P.S. I know how to spell.


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Tom March 7, 2017 - 7:55am

i have played this game alot  it is not a bad game when you are with another person


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gretaslease@beanie March 1, 2017 - 6:37am

 I think that it is addictive

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The Ultimate Ta... March 1, 2017 - 6:23am

I have heard stories of people falling off cliffs due to Poke Go. also a girl went crazy and climbed a 100 ft. tree to try to catch a pokemon. this game is deadly. dont play it or you will risk death.

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rheppler March 14, 2017 - 11:40am

That is a rumor. Never trust rumors

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The Ultimate Ta... March 29, 2017 - 6:10am

well i do sometimes so dont judge

u shouldnt judge

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Nasir February 17, 2017 - 11:19am

pokemon go is really adictive and fun for kids but sometimes it gets WAAAYYYY!!!!!!!! out of hand.

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Ibe February 13, 2017 - 9:37am

This is very sad to know. I had never really liked the game that much anyway. It would be great if people would be more careful when playing this game.

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myriah-s February 7, 2017 - 12:57pm

pokémon go is do stupid. once me and my family were going to the bank and we saw like 10 cars parked on the side of the road playing pokémon go and a lot of people that are playing pokémon go are either merddered or walking in the streets and getting hit by cars

DJHOODTHANG (not verified) January 30, 2017 - 8:24am

This game is CRAZY

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Nick January 30, 2017 - 5:10am

It is good

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hawkeye January 27, 2017 - 10:46am

I don't really play many video games eccept one on my PS4, who silly enough do you have to be to hit a car, be hit by a car, or evern fall of a cliff?!

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Maahir1 January 20, 2017 - 9:59am

Its very addictive

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