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Jul 11, 2016
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We just caught only our third Pokémon when it was announced that Pokémon Go has been somewhat "paused" in the country.

In all fairness, aspiring Filipino "trainers" were just able to download the highly anticipated free-to-play augmented reality mobile game through an APK (Android application package) code available online to begin with.

In other parts of the globe, particularly in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, people of all ages have already started chasing their dream of becoming the very best.

But nothing is perfect, it seems. Even if it's the most sought-after game in recent memory. From getting black and blue to uncovering grisly crime scenes, looks like Pokémon Go isn't simply about "catching them all."


"Me-ouch, that's right!"

"No pain, no gain" is becoming the recurring theme of players, as most of them are having first-hand experience of the app's growing pains—literally.

Unfortunately, the "mobile" game is causing all sorts of injuries, reckless driving, and people mindlessly walking right into everything, with a user's eyes glued to his or her smartphone.

Even local agency MMDA has issued its own safety bulletin:

Judging from the cultural impact of those pocket monsters, creators should have expected the best from this development and made necessary modifications. It's not too late.

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"Dead body, I choose you!?"

No doubt, Shayla Wiggins will lay off the Ghost type after this horrific experience. The 19-year-old from Wyoming might have been expecting to find a Magikarp at the river behind their house but instead discovered, of all things, a dead body.

"I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water," she recounted to County 10. "I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body."

Despite being in utter shock, Wiggins was able to call 911. Investigators believe that the death could have been a result of an accident, "possibly that of a drowning," and say that there are no traces of foul play.

Read the full story here.

"Let's battle (even though I don't really want to)!"

One feature of the popular media franchise that has been adapted to the game are the Pokémon gyms, where players can train and battle leaders. These virtual training facilities usually pop up at parks and churches.

Even without a badge to give, Boon Sheridan was perturbed by the unusual human activity outside his house, only to find out the reason.

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While he seems to be having fun tweeting about the fuss in his lawn, Sheridan worries about the trouble it can cause to his neighbors, especially with developer Niantic only allowing people to report locations if they present "immediate physical danger."

Read the full story here.


"Prepare for trouble!"

This next story proves that an adventure like that of TV series protagonist Ash Ketchum can't be that safe.

Real-life Team Rocket members are making Jessie, James, and Meowth proud as authorities in Missouri recently apprehended four teenagers after luring and robbing unsuspecting players using the travel-themed game.

The thieves set up "beacons" in the neighborhood of O'Fallon in St. Louis to entice potential victims and afterwards mug them. If only these thugs were as clumsy and not actually dangerous as their cartoon counterparts...

Read the full story here.

 

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