Deadly Pokémon Go-related accidents may become a thing of the past!
In an Asia Nikkei interview with Tsunekazu Ishihara, the president of The Pokémon Company, it was said both the company and Nintendo were considering safer ways to play Pokémon Go. Ishihara discusses how safety was a priority ever since early development, and that the Pokémon Go Plus accessory–the Bluetooth-powered vibration device–was designed so that players wouldn’t always be staring at their phones. The interview was concluded with mentions of a possible “device” designed for safer play.
Accidents and Pokémon Go have gone hand-in-hand since the mobile app exploded in popularity last summer, be it falling off cliffs or at least over a hundred thousand car accidents (including two fatalities in Japan). While Pokémon Go features numerous in-game warnings regarding watching one’s step and using the app in cars, players still find themselves crashing into trees and fences. In response, developer Niantic has gradually updated the game to combat accidents, such as not registering wild Pokémon if the app detects players going over a certain speed limit. These accidents no longer populate the news as the game’s popularity died down, but bad press involving lawsuits are still on-going, so it only makes sense all developers/publishers involved want to enforce safety.
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