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#281307 - 07/11/16 11:34 PM Pokémon GO
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Anyone else here notice all the peeps walking around concentrating intently on their smartphones while playing Pokémon GO? Apparently the game is about walking around your local real world neighborhood while capturing as many Pokémon as you can in an overlaid virtual Pokémon world. That's my interpretation of the game. I noticed a few players yesterday and more today. At least the kids are out and about, fresh air, exercise... Pokémon... Life is Good

For the record, I have no (zip zero nada) affiliation with Pokémon or the Pokémon virtual world. I'm not a player, just amused watching players in the park. smile

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#281309 - 07/12/16 12:16 AM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: Russ]
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I wish I owned stock. I don't believe I have ever seen any company earn that much money that quickly or seen stock prices go up that much in such a short amount of time.

http://fortune.com/2016/07/11/pokemon-go-nintendo-market-value/

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#281317 - 07/12/16 12:11 PM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: Russ]
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It's not in Canada yet, but apparently there's some way we can get and play it too. Sounds like a cool game, except for the side effect of injuries. Apparently players are concentrating too hard on their screens in many instances.

Honestly, I don't know if I'll let my kid play this one. He has ADHD and will hyper-focus on a game to the exclusion of everything else around him. Not safe when he's mobile. I want him outside, but concentrating on something other than a screen. I've found that he actually does best at disconnecting if we just leave the technology at home, and the spin off is that he then "plugs in" to the people and world and around him. Connecting by disconnecting is my parenting strategy.

Some of his friends are way more addicted to their video games, and either won't be drawn out of the house, or won't leave without their devices. In our neighbourhood, we have bike trails, a pool, a basketball court and a great spot for road hockey, but once the kids around here hit video game age, we rarely see them outside anymore. It's sad.
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#281319 - 07/12/16 01:57 PM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: bacpacjac]
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Originally Posted By: bacpacjac

Some of his friends are way more addicted to their video games, and either won't be drawn out of the house, or won't leave without their devices. In our neighbourhood, we have bike trails, a pool, a basketball court and a great spot for road hockey, but once the kids around here hit video game age, we rarely see them outside anymore. It's sad.



What an interesting observation. I do not wish to turn the (analog) clock back on technological progress, but I am glad I grew up when most toys did not require electricity to operate.

We were even limited on how much television we could watch each day.



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#281320 - 07/12/16 01:59 PM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: Russ]
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We've already seen some armed robberies where game elements were used to lure players into isolated areas.

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#281322 - 07/12/16 03:59 PM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: chaosmagnet]
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On the radio today there are reports of people walking into traffic to capture Pokémon. Next we'll have drivers playing while driving getting points in the virtual world and the real world at the same time. If you think texting while driving is bad... hopefully LE will be all over this.

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#281324 - 07/12/16 06:04 PM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: Russ]
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That is certainly NOT a game that I would want to rush out and play. But I guess some people are so tied to their cellphones and personal entertainment, that they'll allow anything just to play a game. Security? Who cares about security! Give me the game!

http://www.news.com.au/technology/pokemo...98a14f40f357c3c

I can't understand anyone being willing to allow this. Game developers are evidently saying, "This was an accident, we won't do anything with your data. We promise." Plausible? Believable? Not for me.

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#281325 - 07/12/16 06:42 PM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: haertig]
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Not having signed up I didn't realize the security implications until I read that link, not good.
Quote:
...In other words, signing up to Pokemon Go with your Google account gives the developers the ability to do the following:
• Read your emails and send emails from your account
• View, edit or delete your Google drive documents
• Browse your search history
• Browse Maps navigation history
• Access content stored in Google Photos
As security expert Adam Reeve pointed out, the access to your emails poses an extra security risk that extends beyond Google accounts....
Who would agree to that? Someone who maybe doesn't read the agreement???

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#281326 - 07/12/16 07:38 PM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: Russ]
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Originally Posted By: Russ
Who would agree to that? Someone who maybe doesn't read the agreement???


People often do not realize what "full access" means. They do not realize the value of personal data either. They desparately want to play the game though. That is very common. I often get offers for some "free" things I would have had to pay for them with personal data. So far I declined those offers.
Some of the people I know get even angry when they learn that the email address they received from me is "throw away" and actually gets thrown away after security breaches they consinder minor (e. g. spam or malware mails or mail from people they gave it to). They get even more angry, when they learn that it was the only email address they´ll ever get from me.
I have even seen software developers give away login info. They should really know better.
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#281328 - 07/12/16 07:48 PM Re: Pokémon GO [Re: Russ]
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It's not officially out here in europe yet. Yet I have seen more people walking around starting at there phones.

News are reporting people having to be removed near train tracks while they were looking for pokemons, a hospital tell people to not enter (closed) spaces, etc...

I remember almost having run over a person who ran a red light on his bicyle, wearing head phones and having both hands on the phone and staring only at the screen with 3 lanes of moving traffic... Now we get more people staring at a screen. Ugh...
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