It's been a full week since the release of the now infamous Pokemon Go game. In that time, there has been an incredible amount of bizarre occurrences in relation to the iPhone game.
For those who haven't given way to the latest trend, Pokemon Go is a mobile app that lets lifelong Pokemon fans celebrate the 20th anniversary since the sensation launched in Japan in 1996.
Pokemon Go users can finally "catch 'em all" using the app to track down Pokemon (wild creatures of various shapes and sizes). Players' phone cameras make the creatures appear in front of them on their screens, creating an augmented reality.
Since the game's release last week, there have been masses of crazy stories that are now almost as popular as the game itself. Everything from robbery to cheating has occurred as a result of this seemingly innocent game. They are the most satisfying stories you will ever hear about playing Pokemon.
So without further ado, here is a compilation of the craziest Pokemon Go stories that have sprung up in the past week:
Just four days after its release, a group of Missouri men used the popular iPhone game to their own benefit. According to the O'Fallon Police Department report, the robbers used the geolocation feature (the Lure model) of the “Pokemon Go” app in order to anticipate when their victims came into secluded locations.
"The way we believe it was used is you can add a beacon to a pokestop to lure more players. Apparently they were using the app to locate ppl standing around in the middle of a parking lot or whatever other location they were in," O'Fallon police via Facebook.
The O'Fallon PD were able to track down four suspects and have since taken them into custody. A number of similar incidents have been reported all over the country. Apparently, even business owners have been using the Lure module to attract customers. This feature allows players to stay in one static location, having Pokemon (or in this case, victims) come to them.
One 19-year-old girl in Wyoming woke up one enthusiastic morning and thought she'd try to see what kind of water Pokemon she could find by Big Wind River.
Instead, what Shayla Wiggins found was a dead body.
"I probably would have never went down there if it weren't for this game," Shayla Wiggins told CNN. "But in a way, I'm thankful. I feel like I helped find his body. He could have been there for days."
Wiggins admitted that she didn't see the body at first, as she was staring intensely at her phone in search for rare Pokemon. Her mother reported that the incident had shaken her up a bit, but Wiggins is doing better and continues to hunt for Pokemon.
The local police department noted that the death appears to be accidental in nature.
Well, maybe not stalking per se. The app calls for certain locations to act as Pokemon gyms, where players can train their Pokemon. Incidentally, one man's home, an old converted church, is labeled as a gym. He has seen an abundant increase in visitors to his home in the past week.
Despite this, the homeowner, Boon Sheridan, finds the whole situation rather amusing. However, there is one thing he'd like to change.
“I’d be cool with it if I could have some control over the hours,” he said. “I’d rather them get it sorted out a little bit better.”
Pokemon Go users have been so enthralled with the concept of catching their favorite virtual creature in real life, that many haven't stopped to consider the consequences.
The app uses an excessive amount of your phone data, complete with your locations and other personal information. What players need to know is what happens with all the data they're sharing.
"For iPhone users, the game can access users’ location, camera and photos. Many iOS users log in through their Google account, which grants the app full access. This means, per Google, the app “can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account” including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps and more."
Overall, the sensational new app seems to be doing more good than damage. Besides finally getting people off the couch and outside, it's sparking remarkable friendships among strangers.
All over the world, people are coming together to catch Pokemon. Reddit users have clamored to share stories about how the game has connected them with fellow die-hard fans.
Reddit user, LostCause_TV, gives a lot of credit for Pokemon Go for finally bringing people together.
THIS is what the game is really about. After a person dropped two lures at two very close proximity pokestops a group of almost 20 people showed up to them...It was such a cool experience. I met a bunch of yellow team players, we exchanged numbers and we're all gonna get together tomorrow...! As a very shy, introverted person it's amazing that this game can bring together people. I'm very excited about the future of this app for this exact reason.
[Sources: Reg Media, CNN, Movie Pilot, Time, USA Today, Reddit]