Pokémon Go unofficially a huge distraction in Canada

A "Pidgey" Pokemon is seen on the screen of the Pokemon Go mobile app, in downtown Toronto, July 11, 2016.
A "Pidgey" Pokemon is seen on the screen of the Pokemon Go mobile app, in downtown Toronto, July 11, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Hellgren)

It’s Pokémon Go mania!

If you haven’t yet heard of Pokémon Go, there is a chance you may have been in hibernation!

Nintendo has created an augmented reality world where gamers can chase Pokémon characters in scavenger-like hunts in their own neighbourhoods or streets, through the Pokémon Go map.

Though the popular game hasn’t been released in Canada yet, thousands of Canadians have already flocked to the game in their quest to find Pikachu by either opening American i-Tunes accounts, or else downloading pirated versions of the game.

Be warned that downloading the app in Canada pre-release may get you banned if some unconfirmed reports are to be believed.

However, the game is so popular in Canada that a Pokémon Toronto Facebook group already boasts over 765 members.

Canadians aren’t the only ones obsessed with the game though, as it has already made Nintendo $7.5 billion richer but that doesn’t come without drawbacks. The game’s distraction factor has been criticized for leading some people into dicey situations.

One teenager looking for a “Pokestop” by a river in Wyoming ended up stumbling over the body of a man, which led to a criminal investigation.

In another strange quest to catch Pokémon, a police station in Darwin, Australia begged the public to stop coming to the police station to gather Pokeballs, which are balls in which Pokémon are caught,stored and transported. They even posted a notice on Facebook, telling people "You don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the Pokeballs." 

One truly dedicated Pokémon fan in Texas even played the game while his wife was giving birth and snapped a picture of her labouring with Pidgey sitting on the hospital bed.

There are also been social media reports of people getting into accidents when biking, walking or driving while chasing after characters.

Though some might say the game is creating mayhem, the game has been credited with getting people to go outside and explore their own neighbourhoods.

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