We need to talk about the ‘P’ word
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.