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Pokemon Go Means Death For Black People

This man explains why he feels Pokemon Go is a “death sentence” if you’re black.

What Is Pokemon Go?

Pokemon Go (stylized as Pokémon GO) is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was released in most regions of the world in July 2016. Making use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices, the game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. The game is free-to-play, although it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned for future release and will alert users when Pokémon are nearby.

Pokemon Go Breaking Records

Pokémon Go was released to mixed reviews. Reviewers praised the overall experience of the game and the incentive to adventure in the real world, while noting technical issues that were apparent at launch. The game quickly became one of the most used smart device apps, surpassing the previous record held by Candy Crush Saga in the United States, and was a boon to the stock value of The Pokémon Company and Nintendo.

By July 20, the game was downloaded by more than 30 million people worldwide. The game was credited with popularizing location-based gaming and augmented reality, and was praised by some medical professionals for potentially improving the mental and physical health of players, but also attracted some controversy due to reports of causing accidents and being a public nuisance at some locations. Most experts in gaming and augmented reality agree that even though the developers market it as an augmented reality game, it contains some but not all aspects of an augmented reality game, and the primary genre is better described as a location-based game. The majority of players turn AR mode off, because it makes the game easier and increases battery life, and are therefore not experiencing augmented reality at all.