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Nintendo stock jumped 25% in Tokyo on Monday due to the launch of the app last week, and the game is absolutely on fire. Does it have any appeal to you, and do you think it’s safe? Please share your opinion in the comments below.

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If you haven’t heard of Pokémon GO in the last couple of days, then you’re likely either incapacitated or you’ve been living under a rock. The original Pokémon game was huge in the 90s, and now—and not surprisingly with technology—it’s back in a big way. The free game, in very basic terms, uses the GPS on your Android or iPhone to detect where you are and make various Pokémon characters around you appear on your screen. You then flick a poke ball them to catch them.

According to Nintendo, Pokémon GO encourages players to get out into the real world to and interact, using a combination of real locations and what it calls “augmented reality”—combining reality with the mythical, right on your phone.

The game has people playing outdoors, in offices and bathrooms around the globe. For the purpose of this post, I downloaded the game and acquired my first Pokémon with one of our developers cheering me on. It was rather comical.

But walking around endlessly in the quest to collect these digital trophies is not something I could do obsessively, or at all. I’m clumsy enough without the distraction of staring at my phone as I venture out into the world, thank you very much. Nintendo itself encourages users to “Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.” when you commence playing. But distracted walking (or worse, driving) into things, whether it be a light post or a lake, is not the only safety concern.

Just outside St. Louis, police arrested three armed robbery suspects and sent one to juvenile authorities for allegedly ambushing and robbing unsuspecting victims—using their own knowledge of the game to hunt down gamers where poke stops were located.

Not all poke stops are in busy areas, though. Some are in secluded areas. One young woman in Wyoming, alone on a quest for a treasured water-type Pokémon, found the body of a man face-down in a river near her home. The police did not believe it was foul play, but it was a creepy situation, nonetheless. It’s safe to assume there are an abundance of bizarre/dangerous scenarios for gamers using the app.

Will you/have you played Pokémon GO? Do you think it is harmless fun and a great way to get people out in the world, or do you think it’s potentially too dangerous? Tell us in the comments below.

This guest post comes from PowerWallet.

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Stefanie Hochstadter

Stefanie Hochstadter

Hochstadter is a Debt.com contributor who works at PowerWallet.

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