Poke­mon Go Vote? Hil­lary hopes so

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

The global phe­nom­e­non Poke­mon Go has made its way onto the US pres­i­den­tial cam­paign trail with the staff of both ma­jor can­di­dates ap­peal­ing to users of the smart­phone game to catch voters.

The vi­ral game uses smart­phone satel­lite location, graph­ics and cam­era ca­pa­bil­i­ties to over­lay car­toon mon­sters on real-world set­tings, chal­leng­ing play­ers to cap­ture and train the crea­tures for bat­tles.

In a cam­paign ad­dress last week, Demo­cratic can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton talked about her hope to chan­nel the app to lure voters.

“I don’t know who cre­ated Poke­mon Go, but I’ve tried to fig­ure out how we get them to have Poke­mon Go to the polls,” she said.

Clin­ton staffers have since been cruis­ing the streets look­ing for Poke­mon hunters, hop­ing to di­vert their at­ten­tion for the few min­utes it takes to regis­ter to vote.

At a re­cent event in Ohio, the Demo­cratic cam­paign en­cour­aged play­ers to come to its “lure mo­d­ule” – a fea­ture that brings more Poke­mon to a given location – to “get free Poke­mon” and “learn more about Sec. Hil­lary Clin­ton!”

“These two Poke­mon traders just reg­is­tered to vote!” tweeted Joe Makiel­ski, an or­gan­iser for the Colorado Demo­cratic Party, along with a photo of two young men.

The cam­paign of Clin­ton’s Repub­li­can ri­val Don­ald Trump is also try­ing to take ad­van­tage of the game’s pop­u­lar­ity, re­cently post­ing on Face­book a par­ody video called “Crooked Hil­lary No” show­ing the Demo­cratic can­di­date get­ting hit and dis­ap­pear­ing.

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