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9 Omens That Show Pokemon Go Is Totally Taking Over The World

Dead bodies, shots fired, gaming in the labour room...

11/07/2016 8:21 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Pokemon Go, the mobile game released by Nintendo last week has taken the world by storm. It currently occupies the #1 slot in the App store and Play store, and has even overtaken Twitter in the daily-active-users rank. While some of us are still catching up on what the buzz is all about, some enthusiasts have gone through bizarre experiences while trying to catch the cuddly little monsters.

1. A woman finds a dead body

A user in Wyoming was playing Pokemon Go near the river when she found a dead body. There are many Pokestops -- places where you can get Pokeballs and other goodies -- in the game that are situated near places such as rivers, lakes and wilderness. 19-year-old Shayla Wiggings was making a Pokestop when she found not just Pokeballs, but an actual dead body. She called emergency and the local police department took over from there.

2. Man plays Pokemon Go while his wife is giving birth

At some point in our lives, we have all been guilty of game addiction. A new level in single-minded gaming dedication was achieved however when a man in the UK was busy playing the game while his wife was in the maternity ward, about to give birth to their child. The dad-to-be posted the picture on imgur and within a day it had more than a million views.



3. People in Australia are going to the police station to find Pokemon
Pokestops created another controversy, this time in Australia. Apparently the game pointed to a police station in Darwin as a pokestop, and as a result, a swarm of people began showing up just so that they could catch Pokemon and collect goodies. The authorities had to issue a notice to the creators and players to stay away from the premises of the police station.

4. Armed robbers are using the game to find targets

In the US, some criminals struck upon the ingenious idea of exploiting Pokeman Go's popularity for their own nefarious ends. A group of armed robbers hiding in a vehicle were using the app to find other players and then robbing them. According to the report, the criminals, who still remain at large, had already robbed 8 or 9 people.


5. Driving Under The Influence Of Pokemon Go

People have been playing Pokemon Go while driving. A couple in a car got a fright when, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, a truck appeared in front of them. Turned out the driver was trying to catch a Pokemon. Social media has quite a few posts about near crashes thanks to people behind the wheel who were too busy playing Pokemon Go. Authorities in the US have issued a warning about playing while driving.

6. People are losing calories playing the game

On the plus side, many Pokemon players have been walking a lot to try and find new Pokemons and Pokestops. Besides burning calories, many users ended up with sore legs because of the amount of walking they had done.


7. Youtubers got shot at while trying to find Pokemon

A Youtuber by the name of Lancypooh began recording his adventures with Pokemon Go the day the game came out. But then a strange thing happened while he was filming the video. He entered someone's property while hunting for Pokemon. The owners thought he was breaking in and they began firing shots at him with a gun. Luckily for him, Lancypooh managed to escape unharmed. But some redditors are questioning the video's authenticity.






8. Ouch! Bruises, burns and twisted ankles

Many Pokemon Go players have hurt themselves because they were distracted. Mike Schultz fell from the skateboard because he was looking at the Pokemon Go screen while skateboarding. Another user too busy staring at her phone twisted her ankle as she fell off the sidewalk.

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A photo taken and provided by Mike Schultz shows injuries he received when he crashed his skateboard while playing Pokemon Go, an addictive new game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, near his home on Long Island in New York. Just days after being made available in the U.S., the mobile game has jumped to become the top grossing app in the App Store. And players have reported wiping out in a variety of ways as they wander the real world - eyes glued to their smartphone screens - in search of digital monsters. (Mike Schultz via AP)


9. People playing the game all night

Pokemon Go has probably notched another first, when it comes to players going out to parks or being on roads at night to play the game. Many were questioned by the police for what doubtless appeared to be suspicious activity.

These incidents attest to the crazy popularity of Pokemon Go, reminiscent of Angry Bird and Candy Crush phenomenon. Surely, more off-screen and off-line adventures are waiting to happen.

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