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'Pokemon Go': Driving a No-Go While Playing After Update

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"Pokemon Go" maker Niantic has upset players with an update that disables the mobile game's functions when they try to "Go" at driving speeds. (Sophia Kembowski/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016 06:05 PM

A weekend update to the popular game "Pokemon Go" has upset fans by removing sightings and spawn from players’ screens when they are traveling above 30 miles per hour, such as in a car. Tech bloggers weren’t positive about whether the change was part of an update or was a bug, but they universally panned the change.

“Reducing the game to only walking is the wrong move, if this is indeed being done on purpose,” Paul Tassi said in Forbes. “[Gamemaker] Niantic constantly seems to be shooting themselves in the foot.” 

Tassi pointed out that the new restriction prevents players who are passengers in another car or on a train, subway, taxi or bus from playing the game even though it would be safe for them to do so. He also expressed concern that Niantic was “continuing to hand out excuses for beleaguered players to give up completely.

Joyce Karlan S. Pike of ITechPost called the decision to update “questionable” and pointed out that fans were expressing their outrage over the update liberally on social media. “[In winter] when everyone can neither catch Pokemon while inside the warm safety of their vehicles nor simply walk around outside in freezing weather, player usage will surely decrease; if not, drop completely.”

The bloggers acknowledge that the game has presented safety concerns and been a temptation for drivers. Numerous accidents have been reported, including one game player who crashed into a police car and another who hit a tree and broke both of his legs. In Japan, a 72-year-old woman was hit by a truck when the driver was allegedly playing "Pokemon Go," according to Digital Trends.

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A weekend update to the popular game "Pokemon Go" has upset fans by removing sightings and spawn from players’ screens when they are traveling above 30 miles per hour, such as in a car.
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