Pokémon Go Has Taken Over the Streets of Hernando County
HERNANDO – You may have noticed several suspicious vehicles lurking around businesses at all hours of day and night lately; but no worries, it’s just players of a new video game competing to capture virtual creatures hiding in select locations.
Pokémon has long been a popular video game but the new Pokémon Go smartphone application has become a huge hit around the world.
Jared Ferreira was a Beta tester for the popular app that made its official debut and he says there are approximately 300 active players in Hernando County alone.
Ferreira says the free app is available to Android or iPhone users and actually has health benefits. Ferreira explains, players usually travel in groups around town and use the interactive map to locate Pokémon creatures hiding at local landmarks. Many times the creatures are positioned in large shopping plazas which forces the user to get out on foot to find them. The result, says Ferreira, exercise.
Although the app is free, Ferreira says you can purchase treasure to help increase a player’s game level. Ferreira says the app will quickly run down your cellphone battery and suggests purchasing an external charger for when you are away from plug-in power sources. He also says there is a feature available that will shut down the screen when positioned vertically.
Some say there may be safety concerns associated with playing the game that players may need to be aware of.
We spoke to Denise Moloney of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office who provided some commons sense advice for those playing the game. Moloney says be mindful of your surroundings and do not drive and play the game. It’s no different than texting and driving, says Moloney, and it could lead to an accident or traffic citation.
Moloney says with Law Enforcement being on a heightened state of awareness it is imperative that players use caution when driving around closed businesses late at night.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. ™2013 – 2016 Real News Real Fast, Inc.