10 of the Craziest Things That Have Happened Since Pokémon Go's Launch
1. A Woman Discovered Her Boyfriend Was Cheating
A Brooklyn, New York, woman found out her boyfriend, Evan Scribner, had been cheating on her after she saw he had been playing the game in Bushwick, Brooklyn – where the man's ex lives – thanks to the game's geolocation services. "She saw that I had caught a Pokémon while at my ex's house," he tells the New York Post. "She found out last night and hasn't contacted me since then."
2. Pokémon Go Spots Are Upping Real Estate Value
Craigslist posters have been taking full advantage of Pokémon Go's many features by increasing apartment fees if the home they're selling/renting is a Pokémon paradise. "We live above a Pokestop, so if you are an aspiring Pokemon Go Master: Unlimited Razz Berried. Go crazy," reads one listing.
3. People Have Downright Abandoned Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat
Well, not really, but Pokémon Go is seriously trumping its app competition. On average, users are spending 43 minutes per day on Pokémon Go, while daily activity on WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat has been trailing behind with 30, 25 and 23 minutes of usage, respectively, since the game's launch.
4. Users Have Stumbled Upon Solemn Landmarks to Catch 'Em All
You know the addiction is real when you visit places like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and former concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland for the sole purpose of catching a few Pokémon – which is exactly what fans of the game have been doing. "Allowing such games to be active on the site of Auschwitz Memorial is disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels," Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the Auschwitz memorial, told the New York Times. The site has since contacted the game's maker in an effort to remove the memorial as a place of interest in Pokémon Go.
5. Drivers Are Now Offering to Take Players to Pokémon Go Hot Spots
No car? No problem. Chauffeurs have been offering to drive around gamers to specific Pokémon Go gyms and stops to help users easily capture items, Pokémon and Pokéballs – for a price, of course.
6. A String of Robberies Has Been Linked to the Game
While the geolocation feature in Pokémon Go has proven to be helpful for users of the same team, police are now warning fans to be extra vigilant when playing outside. There was a string of robberies in Missouri after suspects lured hopeful users to isolated areas that promised an opportunity to catch more Pokémon. "Using the geolocation feature, the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims," Sgt. Bill Stringer told The Guardian.
7. A Pokémon Go Chat Was Created Following the Game's Release
A life-changing feature was created following the release of Pokémon Go: Go Chat, which allows users to send messages to friends/team members while still playing.
8. Americans Are Now Becoming Familiar with the Metric System
Turns out Pokémon Go is not only training future Pokémon Masters, but also serves as a learning tool for Americans unfamiliar with the metric system. The game uses kilometers instead of miles to alert users how long it will take for their particular Pokémon egg (one of the many "items" the game offers) to hatch, since Pokémon Go requires users to walk X amount of kilometers throughout the game.
9. Serious Consequences Await Those Who Cheat in the Game
Okay, well, not so serious, but the repercussions for cheating (think: no longer being able to catch Pokémon or any items for a period of time) in Pokémon Go could halt gamers' goals.
10. People Are Using the App … Inappropriately
Because it was only a matter of time before those cute little creatures – a phallic Pokémon, to be specific – would inspire NSFW selfies.