William W. Hurst
Law Office of William W. Hurst, LLC
50 S. Meridian St., Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Seemingly everyone from small children to twenty-somethings and even people with a little more life experience is joining in on the recent Pokemon Go craze. The game, which is as close to a real life adaptation of the Pokemon world as anyone could hope for is played OUTSIDE using your phone to track down Pokemon and battle other members of the community for ownership of Pokemon gyms. Not only has this sparked a cultural phenomenon bordering on obsession, it has also produced some absolutely astounding effects both good and bad.
First, on the bright side of things more people have been outside around Indianapolis in the last week
than I can remember seeing, you have to walk around to find Pokemon so all these people playing are exercising (shhhh . . . don’t tell them), and because teamwork is required to take over gyms and it’s easier to “hunt” Pokemon in groups a sense of community has evolved with people actually talking face to face.
The negatives of the game are a little scary, however, and we’ve taken notice of some bad habits which include people not being aware of their surroundings as they play despite the game explicitly warning you to do so, people driving while playing, and in some instances bad people using the game to lure in unsuspecting patrons to rob them or worse. Those bad things are what we want to make you aware of so you don’t end up like the person in the picture on the right.
With Pokemon Go creating this phenomenon where people are out wondering the streets on foot or even in their cars trying to catch pokemon there may be some exposure on the side of Niantic for injuries sustained people while playing the game. While they do give you a warning to be aware of your surroundings this may not be enough. Just as with the SnapChat Speed filter situation the creators of the game have to be aware at this point that people are playing the game while driving and it would seem to be easy for the company to program something in that shut the game off when a player is travelling over a certain speed, especially since they already have something programmed in that prevents you from progressing an egg when traveling at higher speed. The answer to that question is one we do not yet know, but unfortunately probably will at some point. Be safe out there and good luck.
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