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It’s been one of the most talked about games in recent times. Love it or hate it, Pokémon Go is now a cultural phenomenon. Here are 20 facts about Pokémon Go that you may not have known.
1 – According to Google, Pokémon Go in more popular than porn.
That’s right. You read that correctly. According to Google, searches for Pokémon Go has surpassed the internet’s previously most successful search term.
2- Pikachu can be your starting Pokémon.
This isn’t the easier thing to accomplish but with persistence and patients, you can do it. When you start up the game for the first time, ignore the 3 starter Pokémon (Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur) four times. On the fifth time they reappear, they will be joined by a little yellow, electric friend.
3 – We should have all bought Nintendo stock prior to the launch.
Yes. Since Pokémon Go’s launch, Nintendo’s value has risen to over $20 billion. That’s bigger than Sony! Bear in mind, Sony is the company that is currently dominating the console market with the PlayStation 4.
4 – Pokémon Go and chill?
According to online tracking services, within 3 days of Pokémon Go was initially released, it was installed on 5.16% of all Android devices in the US. That’s more installs than Tinder!
5 – You could have guessed this, but a lot of people are using it.
Over 3% of the entire US population of Android owners have not only downloaded but played the game. Over 60% of those who downloaded it play it daily!
6 – And all the people playing it are clocking in some decent exercise.
Even though Pokémon will appear randomly in the home, players all know that the best way to catch em all is to go outdoors and explore. As they venture out, they are not only finding Pokéballs and Pokémon but also finding that they are burning calories as well.
7 – Apple is expected to earn $3 billion from it.
Apple didn’t develop Pokémon Go and had nothing to with it being on the AppStore. This won’t stop the tech giant from raking in about $3 billion in revenue over the next 2 years from in-game micro-transactions.
8 – It has the most expensive in-app purchase out of any current game.
£79.99. That’s the price of 14,500 Pokécoins when purchased in-app. Subsequently, as the title says, this is the most expensive in-app purchase in any game currently. You can, however, save up your Pokécoins by just playing the game.
9 – Its spawning side businesses.
Did you know you can hire someone to train your Pokémon for you while you sleep? No? Well you most certainly can. Give them access to your account and they will train your Pokémon and hatch your eggs. Players have also been hiring Ubers to chauffer them around so they can catch em all without having to exert too much energy.
10 – Its collecting a lot of your data.
Can it see where you have been? Yep. Can it share this information with others? Again, yep. Pokémon Go uses and stores your phone’s GPS location data and users must agree to the Pokémon Company’s policy to reserve the right to share this information with third parties. What you may not have known is that the app can also accesses the user’s contacts, storage and network connections.
11 – Please don’t play it while you drive.
I didn’t think this needed to be said but I guess it does as a ridiculous amount of players have been caught and fined for playing the app as they drove. Be normal and hire an Uber instead!
12 – It’s almost on par with Facebook when it comes to daily usage.
Pokémon Go players who were using Androids were clocking in, on average, 43 minutes and 23 seconds of usage a day. That’s almost the same amount as Facebooks average daily usage.
13 – Criminals have started using it for their own gain.
Some criminals realised that they could lure unsuspecting players to remote locations in order to rob them. Other criminals are trying to lure users to download fake versions of the game loaded with viruses and malware.
14 – Its helped with finding a dead body.
A lady named Shayla Wiggins found a dead body while out looking for Pokémon near Big Wind River in Fermont Country. Police has stated that “the death appears to be accidental in nature and possible that of a drowning.”
15 – The theme tune has been getting some major air-time.
Spotify announced that streaming of the original Pokémon theme “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” has increased by 362% globally. There are also now over 197,000 user-generated Pokémon playlists and 53000 Pikachu playlists.
16 – You will visit a lot of new, odd, weird, scary, hilarious and really depressing places.
As players are encourages to explore their surroundings they have been led to some pretty interesting places. Trendy murals, land marks, strip clubs, churches (lots of churches!), memorials and museums to just name a few.
17- Nintendo partnered with Niantic to make the game.
Niantic developed the game while Nintendo, being part of the Pokémon Company, holds the licenses for the brand.
18 – The launch was a bit bumpy.
Due to the popularity of the app, the servers had a tough time keeping up with the demand. Despite the crashes and inability to log on, players have not been deterred from catching Pokémon. It’s also pretty thirsty when it comes to your phones battery life.
19 – Pokémon are tied to locations by geography and environment.
Want a water Pokémon, head to a river. People were able to go out and ‘farm’ particular Pokémon when they realised that they all spawned around the same location. Not long after launch, Niantic changed the spawn locations and ensured different Pokémon were in each place.
20 – Evolving Pokémon means you have to catch more of them.
In Pokémon Go, the Pokémon evolve when you collect enough specific Pokémon candy. Catch a Pokémon and get a candy specific to that Pokémon. Caught two of the same kind now? Transfer one to the profession for extra Pokémon candy.