Pokémon, also known as Pocket Monsters, is a brand that consists of merchandise, television shows, games, and movies. What started off as a little child’s hobby of catching insects in the back yard has grown into a huge media franchise. Pokémon skyrocketed after its first video game debut. Game Freak released a series of video games for the Nintendo Game Boy system in Japan on February 27, 1996. Most of the games revolve around players catching, training, and trading over 150 different kinds of creatures in order to become a Pokémon Master.  Fast forward 20+ years and Pokémon is still as popular as ever. In 2016 the franchise proved that they were willing to adapt to modern times when they released the Pokémon Go app. The mobile game quickly became the next biggest craze. You can find groups of people of all ages roaming local parks trying to “catch” a rare creature. This Pokémon phenomenon has not only brought people together but it has also changed how people play games on their smartphones. Last Updated on November 21, 2019

Banned in Iran

When the game first came out, people were concerned about children’s safety. Many folks were worried because the game requires players to visit different places in order to catch creatures and collect eggs. Iran took their concerns to a whole new level by completely banning the game a few months after its release. One of Iran’s senior judicial officials reported that the game posed a security dilemma.

Pokémon Go Bill

Many exciting things were going on in the world around the time Pokémon Go was released, one of the most popular being the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since Pokémon Go was the latest craze, a lot of Olympic gymnasts were playing it. Unfortunately, one athlete was playing it a little too much and racked up a 500,000-yen phone bill. Thankfully after he explained the situation to his phone provider, they switched him to an overseas plan.

Robbing Players

Shortly after Pokémon Go was released, a local police station in Missouri tweeted a warning to the public about the mobile game. “Be mindful of what you play online. A string of armed robberies [were] perpetrated by suspects who targeted their victims using Pokémon Go,” said PPD 35th District. Apparently, armed gunmen were luring players to a certain area to rob them. Sadly, this wasn’t the only city where similar things were occurring.

Police Station PokéStop

Another police station took to social media to warn their community about the recent Pokémon Go craze. On July 5, 2016, the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services encouraged players to look up from their phones and to look both ways before crossing the street. They also acknowledged that their station was indeed a PokéStop but urged players to refrain from going inside just to catch creatures or collect eggs.

New York State Senate

The New York State Senate brought forth a valid point when it came to locations for PokéStops and Pokémon Gyms. They argued that a bill needed to be passed to prevent these locations from being placed within 100 feet of a sex offender’s place of residence. Former governor Andrew Cuomo expressed that this is a concern not only in his community but anywhere this mobile game is being played.
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