Seemingly overnight, the new augmented reality game Pokemon Go has become a worldwide sensation, encouraging millions to wander through the streets to track down pokemon on their smartphones in real locations. Although the game’s developers saw an opportunity to take the smartphone experience in to the outside world, it has also led to many people becoming seriously addicted to the game to the point that they aren’t even noticing the outside world they are inhabiting when playing the game. Other questions around invasion of privacy have also been discussed, with Pokemon Go data mining players’ Google accounts for the aim of providing a better experience with the game. Steve and Ben discuss Pokemon Go’s meteoric rise to the top of the app charts, the benefits of its augmented reality experience, and whether or not the game is actually causing major unintended issues for end users.
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