Where is Pokemon? Where is it hiding? How can I catch it? These are questions were raised by users of the newly-launched Pokemon Go game which has taken the world by a storm.
The wildly popular mobile app, which is based on a 1990s Nintendo game, has created a global frenzy as players roam the real world looking for virtual monsters. The smartphone game, which lets you hunt Pokemon creatures in real life, has already dominated download charts in the US and Australia and has spurred millions of young people to perform different activities in the game from hunting down pokemon to battling at Poke Gym.
Pokemon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game which is developed by Niantic and was released in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices. There are about 9.55 million active users in the U.S only. Thus, it has overcome the active users of twitter and is expected to outgrow every social media.
While Pokemon players are out hunting, they are advised to drink water, particularly when the temperature is high, as it's easy to get dehydrated, be mindful of blisters, regularly reapply sunscreen and remaining aware of the surroundings.
In Kuwait, the country has said "no" to "Pokemon Go" in certain places. The Interior Ministry issued a statement warning users of the mobile phone application against taking pictures of any vital government, military or security location. It has also warned users not to pounce on Pikachus or chase Charmanders at mosques, shopping centers, malls and oil installations.
Interior Ministry's Undersecretary Lt Gen Sulaiman Al-Fahad has warned that there will be no excuses for anyone claiming ignorance of the law. Kuwait's Ministry of Communications on hits part has also warned smartphone users against downloading popular smartphone game Pokemon Go.
Assistant Undersecretary Hamad Al-Qattan said the ministry was discussing "means of protection" from such games with the Communications and Information Technology Authority. He added that games like Pokemon Go may cause harm to its users in particular and society in general. He pointed out that users of the app might be in danger of potential road accidents if they use the app while driving or crossing roads.
On his part, and from a social perspective, Kuwait University's Sociology Professor Dr. Saud Abdulaziz Al-Ghanim told KUNA that once the Pokemon game user starts playing the game he or she separates from his or her real world and is hooked by the virtual world, thus, becomes unable to take good decisions or actions because of his or her indulgence into the virtual world of the Pokemon.
Asked about the social dangers that may arise as a result of the game, Dr. Saud pointed out that the game users may become attached to the game and be swallowed up by the virtual world, and consequences could include social isolation.
However, with the temperature in Kuwait exceeding 50 degrees in the shade, will the game still be attractive and fascinating to its fans?.
Young people are seen roaming the streets, mosques, malls and at the sea searching for the little creatures, a matter that can cause unwanted harms. Though "Pokemon Go" hasn't officially come to nations in the Arabian Gulf, many have downloaded the app. Authorities in the United Arab Emirates also have warned users to be careful while playing the game.
The game requires the phone to transmit its location via GPS and uses its camera, a matter that prompted the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to warn that the game violates privacy and could lead 'criminals' to spread viruses.
Lastly, the Pokemon Go game has really turned the virtual world upside down with millions of people around the world becoming addicted to this game, whereas there are thousands of virtual games which have not got this popularity.