What You Missed in Tech News Today: Nintendo’s Pokemon Go leads to multiple deaths

What You Missed in Tech News Today: Nintendo’s Pokemon Go leads to multiple deaths

What You Missed in Tech News Today: Nintendo’s Pokemon Go leads to multiple deaths

In North San Diego County, two men fell off a bluff while playing Nintendo’s newly released Pokemon Go. The men, ages 21 and 22 years old, had climbed over a fence with a sign warning the bluffs are unstable but the men had climbed over to find a character in the popular video game, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. One man fell 75 to 100 feet. The other was unconscious 50 feet down.

“Pokemon Go” warns players to be aware of their surroundings with a message that opens in the beginning of the game, but this hasn’t stopped reports of accidents and other odd incidents since the game was released July 6th. In Anaheim, a man was stabbed multiple times on Wednesday while using the app in Schweitzer Park on the 200 block of Bel Air Street when he encountered a group of men around 12:30 a.m. Others have reported being robbed and carjacked in Sacramento, and again in Lakewood.

This is the first smartphone release from The Pokemon Company, which has been looking after the franchise since 1998. The game is a massive-multiplayer, location-based spin-off from the role-playing fantasy series. Using a player’s smartphone camera and GPS signal, the game makes it seem as if wild Pokemon are popping up on the streets in front of you. The players hear rustling bits of grass and walking closer triggers the character to appear, while tapping on them initiates a Pokebattle.

When Pokemon Go was announced last September, It was expected to be a pioneer in augmented and virtual-reality gaming. Currently, Nintendo shares are up, gaining more than 50% since the release less than two weeks ago.

Beth Kindig
Beth Kindig writes the "This Week in Tech News" column covering the most essential headlines of the week in abbreviated form. Her readers are busy professionals and casual tech enthusiasts who want to effortlessly stay on top of the latest news. Follow her on Twitter @Beth_Kindig

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