The following is an excerpt from KEVIN SINTUMUANG | July 14, 2016 | wsj.com |
If more people have been bumping into you while gazing at their smartphones lately, blame the new mobile game “Pokémon Go.” This augmented-reality app has players roaming streets, parks and other public spaces, using their smartphone’s camera to view the real world through a tiny screen. The app overlays that live image with virtual creatures, which players try to capture by launching the “Poké Balls” they acquire by visiting “Poké Stops.” A bona fide sensation to say the least, the game’s been downloaded over 7 million times and has sent Nintendo’s stock soaring. But you do have to be careful. Here are 12 telltale signs that you’re playing too much.
1. After walking into your 47th lamppost, you no longer notice the shooting pain in your leg.
2. Colorful terms like “Geodude,” “Bulbasaur” and “Nidoran” have crept into your vocabulary.
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