Some cau­tious praise for Poke­mon Go phone game

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The talk in the town is all about Poke­mon Go. It has be­come a great hit world­wide even in coun­tries where it is not of­fi­cially re­leased yet. More and more young­sters are get­ting ad­dicted to this on­line game and they are not con­cerned about what is hap­pen­ing around them. “Don’t Poké­mon Go and drive” signs have re­port­edly started ap­pear­ing in the US. Be­sides caus­ing so­cial nui­sance, ac­cord­ing to ex­perts the game poses a great se­cu­rity threat to the pri­vacy of the user and his sur­round­ings as mo­bile in­ter­net, cam­era, GPS and screen must be kept al­ways on while play­ing the game. All th­ese fa­vor­able sit­u­a­tions give am­ple scope for hack­ers. How­ever the brains be­hind this tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion should be ap­pre­ci­ated. Con­sol­i­dat­ing young minds ir­re­spec­tive of caste, creed, religion or ge­o­log­i­cal bound­aries for fun and en­ter­tain­ment in the ages of ter­ror­ism and rad­i­cal­iza­tion is praise­wor­thy. En­gage­ment with so­cial me­dia and all other on­line games doesn’t en­tail move­ment where as this game plays on the go ex­pand the scope of phys­i­cal move­ment. Play with cau­tion and re­spon­si­bil­ity. Girish R Edathitta UAE

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