Senator Writes Open Letter to Pokemon Go Creators on Privacy Concerns

The creative genius behind much of Nintendo's success is Shigeru Miyamoto who came up with Donkey Kong and Super Mario

The creative genius behind much of Nintendo's success is Shigeru Miyamoto who came up with Donkey Kong and Super Mario. Supplied

That's an absurd number of players for any mobile game, with SurveryMonkey pointing out that at this point, more people are using the Google Maps-powered Pokemon GO than they're using Google Maps itself.

The Pokemon Go app, has been downloaded more times in a week than the dating app Tinder has in its four years of existence, with Nintendo having to pause the game's global roll-out, in order to boost server capacity.

All potential issues with Pokémon Go's classification as an augmented reality title aside, the game has been incredibly popular since its launch earlier in the month, going so far as to bump Nintendo's stock points by a significant margin.

"Why limit it?" John Hanke, chief executive of Niantic, which developed Pokemon GO jointly with Nintendo affiliate Pokemon Company, told Reuters in an interview on Friday.

Although the game is not available in China - the world's biggest smartphone and online gaming market - some people there fear it could become a Trojan horse for offensive action by the United States and Japan.

The world's latest favourite smartphone game Pokemon Go might never release in China owing to strict censorship and other technical problems but a clone called City Spirit Go, is now topping charts in the country.

In Missouri criminals used a Pokestop - designated locations where players must go to get virtual items - to rob unsuspecting gamers. On April Fool Day 2014, Google released a video that mashed up Google Maps and Pokemon as a joke. Some Pokemon are easier to hit than others, while others can escape from Pokeballs, forcing you to re-capture them. Just get a different device, along with a cellular data plan for it, to play Pokemon Go at work, rather than doing it on your company phone.

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