Pokémon Go and Augmented Reality Play

Summer fever created by Pokemon Go causes headaches to mums who want to stay cool but nevertheless cautious about children’ s privacy rights. Go or not to go?


Already, tales of mythic proportions surround the ‘Pokémon Go’ app. Reports abound of stabbings, robbings, shootings, people falling off cliffs and even finding corpses as they play the game. There are concerns about sex offenders targeting children, and children accessing dangerous spaces to get their next Pokémon monster. A New Zealand resident recently quit his job to play the game full-time, and people joined crowds to get to a rare monster in Central Park, fostering anxieties about addiction. Now even the police are using the app to catch fugitives. The moral panic surrounding the launch of new media titles is not new, as I have discussed previously when comparing the audience response to the Disney film ‘Frozen’ to that of the ‘Davy Crockett’ film launched in the 1950s, but what is of interest is the speed of this response, given that ‘Pokémon Go’…

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