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Pokémon Go hits Germany

Hamburg in Pokémon Go fever. Employees hunting for monsters even at work

If you are wondering why people are walking around offices, heads down with eyes only for their mobile phones and children are talking of nothing but Pokémon Go, welcome to Hamburg… the weird little monsters invaded Wednesday.

“Players are walking around hospitals and on train tracks,” the Spiegel reported. Yet another report mentions “five places where you should play Pokémon Go”. The app for iPhone and Android devices has been officially available since Wednesday (July 14th) in Germany. Shares in Nintendo, manufacturer of the game, have soared and more people are playing the game than Twitter, Süddeutsche Zeitung reported online.

How to play

Players can search for Pokémons in the real world using Pokémon Go which is a free, location-based, augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and based on its “Real World Gaming“ Plattform. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. It uses GPS and the camera of compatible devices to locate them. Players can try catching over 100 Pokémons.

“Get up and go find wild Pokémon and catch them. Explore cities and towns where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can. The Pokémon Go Plus will begin to blink and vibrate whenever you’re within range of a PokéStop. Press the Pokémon GO Plus button to search the PokéStop for items. If you find any items, swipe or tap them to add them to your inventory. Make sure they don’t run away.”

Concerns

Critics of Pokémon Go have already expressed concerns that players may perceive the virtual world as the real world. However, parents of Pokémon-mad children are glad to see them outdoors, walking around playing the game rather than lounging on the sofa at home.
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Sources and further information:
www.pokemon.com
www.sueddeutsche.de/digital/

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