We need to talk about the ‘P’ word

HWM (Malaysia) - - ED'S NOTE -

It’s in­cred­i­ble how quickly Poké­mon GO charmed both gamers and main­stream au­di­ences upon its of­fi­cial roll­out in our part of the re­gion. Within a few hours of re­lease, many peo­ple were al­ready out wan­der­ing the malls, nearby parks, and even places they’ve never con­sid­ered be­fore – all to get one step closer to amass­ing a com­plete Pokédex.

Just as us Malaysians were get­ting the hang of the in­tri­ca­cies of the game, an in­de­pen­dent sur­vey re­ported a 20-per­cent drop in U.S. play­ers since its early July launch. That’s a de­cline of more than 10 mil­lion daily ac­tive users, de­spite con­tin­u­ing to rake in an es­ti­mated US$2 mil­lion in daily rev­enue.

Of course, the game has at­tracted its share of con­tro­ver­sies, mainly stem­ming from overzeal­ous play­ers tres­pass­ing in pri­vate prop­er­ties, caus­ing traf­fic ac­ci­dents, and other such reck­less be­hav­iors. With that said, this doesn’t mean that one should aban­don com­mon sense and self-aware­ness when ex­plor­ing the world with Poké­mon GO.

It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how the aug­mented re­al­ity game fares in the com­ing months.

Happy read­ing! Ed­i­tor

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