Pokémon GO isn't in Canada yet — but that hasn't stopped Canadians from playing
Pokémon Go is having a moment.
Nintendo's augmented reality game is the latest addition to a franchise that first appeared more than 20 years ago. It's been downloaded several million times since last Wednesday and by one measure, it's now the most popular mobile game in United States history, with more than 21 million active daily users.
Diving head-first into a phenomenon
"For the first day or two, it was mainly amongst Pokémon aficionados, but then it rapidly grew," she tells Day 6. "And from Friday through Sunday, it became so huge that when the Japanese stock market opened on Monday morning, Nintendo's stock had risen over 23 per cent… And they earned over $7 billion," says Cranz.
The rise of AR
What makes Pokémon Go such a unique game is that it asks players to go out into the real world to search for Pokémon, and uses 'augmented reality' (AR) to place the user in their actual surroundings as they play.
With would-be Pokémon hunters walking around in public, staring at their phones, you can imagine why the game has already issued a warning for users to be aware of their surroundings as they play.
Pokémon Go injuries
Two Quebec City police officers were treated for minor injuries after a Pokémon-playing driver crashed their car into a police cruiser.
And a search for "Pokémon Go injury" on Twitter will show you photographic evidence of the dangers of walking while Pokémon-ing.
Danger aside, the game is getting mostly positive reviews thus far, and it does encourage people to get outside, even if they do it with a phone in their hand.
So was our in-house Poké-Master David Rockne Corrigan able to catch all the Pokémon? Did he get arrested for downloading the game in Canada and breaching its terms of service? Did he get hit by a bus as he stared distractedly at his phone?**
There's only one way to find out.
(**Spoiler: The answer to all of these questions is no. But you should still listen to the segment.)