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Pokemon Go had the shelf life of fresh milk

Pokemon Go hands onAs far as fads go, Pokemon Go has to be one of the shortest lived ones we have seen.

While Pokémon GO has inspired a massive boost in merchandise and game sales, interest in the actual game is falling fast.  The paying population of the game is now down by 79 percent from its mid-July peak. It’s still easily the most profitable mobile app in the US, but that is not really saying much.

According to analysts at Slice Intelligence, at its peak Pokémon GO inspired twice as many people as normal to spend money on mobile games, but that’s now returned to normal.

But Pokémon GO still accounts for 28 percent  of all money spent on mobile games in America, bringing in six times more than nearest rival Candy Crush Saga.

It is not clear if Pokémon GO will continue to decline or if it follows Candy Crush Saga, it remains highly popular but just at a lower level than before. Our guess is that it will not.

Most analysts think that a cold winter will finish the game off completely. Wandering around the countryside is going to lose some of its appeal through snow drifts.

 

Japanese Olympic star hit with $5000 Brazilian roaming charge

160804-kohei-uchimura-mdl_25dc253c12dfe1f4520cbcf44ffb63fb.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000A Japanese gymnast is regretting playing Pokemon Go while waiting for the Brazilian Olympics to start.

Artistic gymnast Kohei Uchimura, who won gold at the 2012 Games in London and is the reigning world champion, said he only downloaded the game after arriving in Sao Paulo to train for Rio, but quickly got hooked. He did not realise that he needed to arrange a flat rate for data roaming in Brazil and clocked up a $5,000 bill.

Uchimura “couldn’t believe his eyes” when he saw the bill, according to the Kyodo news agency, with teammate Kenzo Shirai saying “He looked dead at the team meal that day.” Even though Pokémon Go isn’t particularly heavy on data and there were likely other culprits.

The story has a happy ending, though — after Uchimura called his carrier to explain, he was let off with a flat daily charge of around $30. He must have about the only phone company in the world which was nice enough to let him off and must therefore be one of the luckiest men alive.

 

Pokeman Go creates crime wave

Pokemon Go hands onThe latest fad, to have completely passed us by, is causing a US crime wave, although it is also helping coppers with their PR at the same time.

Pokemon Go , created by mobile game developer Niantic for Nintendo is rather clever it gets players out of the house and walking outside to play. Staring at their phone screens, they search for virtual Pokemon characters that appear to pop up at office spaces, restaurants, museums and other places. Players score points in various ways, including capturing the Pokemon characters with a flick of a finger on their phone screen.  Less than a week after launching in the United States, where it has drawn more than 7 million gamers to hunt virtual Pokemon, the game is also facing a backlash.

Already Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum have asked to be removed from the game. But the downside is that players have been drawn down dark alleys and into dangerous neighborhoods in search of the imaginary creatures, only to be targeted by criminals.

In College Park, Maryland, university students holding their smartphones out to play Pokemon Go were robbed by an armed suspect, police said. In Antelope, California, two men playing the game in a park late on Sunday reported being robbed and carjacked by a gunman. In Wyoming, a 19-year-old woman who set out to catch a Pokemon by the Big Wind River  found a dead body.

The game was also to blame for a rash of car accidents in the United States. An illegally parked car whose driver had exited to catch a Pokemon was struck from behind, according to reports from Texas A&M University police, and another car struck a tree while its driver was playing the game while driving, Auburn New York police said.

It is not all bad though Pokemon characters have aided police. Noticing people playing the game on the street in Fall River, Massachusetts, an officer on patrol jumped in to join them. The fun was captured in a photo that police posted on Twitter and was liked more than 4,000 times.

The New York City Police Department’s 19th Precinct tweeted a photo of an officer riding in his cruiser with his “new partner” seated beside him, the popular Pokemon character known as Pikachu.

Two gamers playing in a Fullerton, California park on Tuesday wound up catching a man sought by police for crimes including attempted murder, authorities said. They were alerted by other players to a man following women and improperly touching children, and so the pair notified police and detained him until officers arrived. He was later found to have an outstanding warrant for multiple offenses.