Pokémon Go: The good, the bad and the ugly

How the augmented reality game has made an impact in the real world.

Pokémon Go: The good, the bad and the ugly

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Pokémon Go was released less than a week ago but it has already managed to cause quite a stir.

The app uses your location to track where you are and takes you on a virtual hunt so that you have to move around in real life in order to find and capture Pokémon creatures.

It hit number one on US iPhone revenue in half a day and has already got more usage time than SnapChat, What's App and Instagram.

Nintendo has a lot to celebrate as the app has brought the value of the company up to $23 billion.

The app has also successfully managed to bring gaming fans together out in the real world.


However, its not all good news for Pokémon Go. 

There have been reports across the globe of some strange things happening thanks to the app.

Here's a run down of the weird ways the augmented reality game has made an impact in the real world:

Police Warning in Australia

Police in Darwin urged players to go searching inside their station after they noticed it was a key location for catching a certain character. 

This prompted a Facebook post to explain that people can still catch this particular Pokémon outside.


Teen finds a dead body while on a quest

A 19-year-old teenager from from Wyoming in the US was told to find a Pokemon in a natural water source - but instead he found a man's body. 

"It was pretty shocking," she said. "I didn't really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly."

Armed robbery

In Missouri police believe that four teenagers used the phone app to tempt players into secluded areas where they could be easily robbed.

Police officers responded to a robbery report that led them to four people, all local residents aged 16 to 18, who were armed.

Australian town overtaken by players

Residents of Rhodes, a small area in Sydney, had to call Police after a large crowd flocked to a local park searching for Pokemon. 

A man's house becomes a hot spot for players

Boon Sheridan is a designer who lives in Massachusetts in a renovated old church.

When he downloaded the app he noticed something quite unusual... his is house was listed as a 'gym' (a place in the game where you can train Pokémon). Large groups of people soon started showing up at Sheridan's home.

He seems to be seeing the funny side of the situation though.

To girls rent a kayak to battle for the possession of a 'gym'

Two young fans of the game were so determined to claim possession of a 'gym', they rented a kayak and paddled out to the middle of Wellington Harbour, New Zealand.

It took the pair hours to complete the task but in the end they were proud of what they accomplished.

A man captured a Pokémon while his wife was in labour

Jonathan Theriot shared a photo online of a character next to his wife, who was giving birth to his daughter at the time.