Welcome to Friday’s Random Thought.
For those of you who do not know, Pokémon Go is the latest augmented reality game from Niantic Labs. Augmented Reality Games, or ARG’s, use your smart phone or tablet to overlay game graphics on the live view from your device’s camera or on a GPS map view. Such games attempt to turn the real world into a gaming environment.
I played Ingress when it came out and for a while it was fun but I immediately saw issues with the game. The concept of the game was based on a capture the flag model. You would capture a ‘portal’, deploy devices to power up the portal and then link portals together to claim physical land. Simple enough and it was fun, as I alluded earlier, there were issues. First, if a portal was located inside someone’s property, gaining access could be an issue. There were stories of people climbing over fences to get to a ‘portal’. There is of course, the distraction factor when playing a game like this. People would be so engrossed in what was on their phones that there were people who did literally walk into walls, trip over curbs, walk into people, traffic, etc…
Fast forward to July 2016 with the release of Pokémon Go. Yup, I am seeing these same stories in the news but this time, more frequently and with more severe consequences. Just Google Pokémon Go and you will find many stories of people actually dying as they were not paying attention to their surroundings. This is a sad state of affairs where people are dying while playing a game and I do feel badly for those who have lost their lives as well as those loved ones who are left asking why.
We do need to acknowledge something here. Niantic Labs has done something wonderful for humanity and at the same time, successfully trolled everyone beautifully.
People can’t use their smartphones and walk safely at the same time. This game, Pokémon Go, has proven this point to be absolutely true for a large number of its player base. Whether people like it or not, this is how Niantic has trolled everyone. Niantic has released a game that will now fuel the argument that you can’t text and drive safely. I’m not saying that was Niantic’s intentions, but it is a valid conclusion you can draw from the daily news reports.
You can’t argue that texting while driving is a safe activity anymore. Nope, no way, not at all. If people can’t walk and play Pokémon Go safely, how can you possible drive and text? Driving a car is much more complex than walking by far.
You are using your legs for the pedals, arms for the steering and your eyes for watching the road. Ninety-nine percent of the population can not text and drive safely, myself included. It’s why I don’t like texting. I’d rather talk on the phone and even then, it’s difficult to juggle all of it together.
So while I read the news this morning, I see more stories of people who can’t walk and play Pokémon Go. I wonder if these same people will finally wake to the reality that they can’t text and drive either.
On a side note, that sound you are hearing the background. That laughing sound? Yup, it’s Darwin, from the beyond. He’s laughing and celebrating as his theory is finally proving true for Humans.
About time, eh?
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!