Pokémon Go-watch: nine Pokémon Go thinkpieces listed without comment

Tamlin Magee
Tamlin Magee

Tamlin Magee

Tamlin is online editor at Techworld and ComputerworldUK. He has previously covered a wide range of beats at a variety of publications, from European channel markets, enterprise cloud and privacy to architecture, design, film and music. He is particularly interested in the intersection between technology, the political sphere and the day-to-day.

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In 1996 Game Freak released Pokemon Red and Blue on the original Gameboy, kickstarting a franchise that won over the world. The videogame series has sold hundreds and hundreds of millions of copies and its card game spin-off introduced a generation of schoolchildren to cash-in-hand grey market trading. The smiling yellow electric rodent Pikachu is one of the most recognisable characters in the world.

Twenty years on and Pokemon Go has launched on the Android and iOS platforms. It's a mobile game that overlays a virtual map onto the real world, and uses a mixture of your device’s GPS and camera to allow players to find and catch the Pokemon semi-IRL.

Since launch we’ve seen the following at least attributed in part to Pokemon Go: people walking off cliffs, relationships falling apart, infidelity, muggings, knifings and shootings, and a plea from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to stop people from playing on their grounds.

And there have also been some remarkable assertions about the way in which Pokemon Go could profoundly change our lives and the world, for better or for worse. Here is a selection, listed without further comment.

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