Australian authority warns of potential dangers when playing Pokémon GO

by Wade Massey July 13, 2016, 1:14
Australian authority warns of potential dangers when playing Pokémon GO

If you're in the U.S. or living down under, all you need to do to download Pokemon Go is head to the Google Play store and search for the game.

You may want to pick up one of those handheld battery chargers before you start playing Pokemon Go.

iOS users can change the region of their App Store to New Zealand or Australia or create a new account directly tied to those territories - however, both App Store territories require local payment information of some kind to properly register an ID tied to either region.

Pokemon GO appeared on the Play Store last night around 7 p.m. ET with a "Not now available in your country" message for most of the world, but tonight around the same time the error message was replaced with a download button.

The game actually uses the smartphone's camera to have Pokemon appear in their own homes or even the streets of their town and cities!

Players will also be ask to join one of three teams, once you have signed up, you'll gain the ability to assign Pokemon you've caught to empty Gym locations or to a location where a team member has placed one of his or her Pokemon.

The game went live in the USA just before 9 pm ET, but Pokemon GO was released in Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday, which has led to a flood of pictures of the gameplay floating around the internet - particularly of Magikarp, who is appearing everywhere, a lot of the time no where near water.

The same warning was given by a YouTube user called Twintendo, who posted a photo on Twitter saying, "If you have downloaded the APK for Pokemon GO delete it now".

Users in New Zealand and Australia already have it on their app stores while The Wall Street Journal claims that Pokemon Company requests the users of US and Japan to "please wait for a while" for the official launch of app's. Pokemon Go was first announced back in September, and then released in closed beta in March.

Although it is a free app, it has in-app purchases that may cost from $0.99 to $99.99. The Pokemon that they capture can also be renamed for customization, and if they forget to do so, they can just go to the menu and edit its names. Assuredly, someone from this website will drop some red-hot takes on Pokémon Go once we've had some hands-on time. The $35 Pokemon Go Plus device will reportedly be out sometime in July.

"Look for PokéStops located at interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments, where you can collect more Poké Balls and other items", the page states. The option does not close the game, and it continues tracking the distance travelled by the players and nearby Pokemon.


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