In related news, one eagle-eyed Reddit user reports that, should players exploit the app's Global Positioning System settings, Pokemon Go will implement some limitations as punishment, stating that: "You can't get items from Pokestops. 2". Many of us at CNET are huge fans too, so a bunch of us wanted to start a chat with readers to talk about the game, favorite Pokemon caught so far, and any other interesting experiences you've had while playing. We've also embedded the chat below so you can join in if you don't have an iPhone or just want the convenience of chatting in your Web browser.
The reason is Pokemon Go, a new cell phone game that has become a national phenomenon in the past week.
That is more users than Twitter Inc, and the game is already helping local restaurants, coffee shops and small retailers to attract new customers.
The game sends players into the real world to search for the mythical digital pocket monsters known as Pokemon, who appear onscreen when users hold up their iPhones or Android devices in various locations at various times of the day. "Pokemon GO has stated that it collects a broad array of users' personal information, including but not limited to a user's profile and account information, their precise location data, and information obtained through Cookies and Web Beacons".
Concerns have also been raised about whether data collected about players and their whereabouts is being kept private and safe. Other people aren't looking where they are walking and are falling or tripping. On Wednesday morning, it was announced that Pokemon GO was now live in Germany, marking the game's first official launch in Europe. This form is on Niantic's support page. "You can't battle or claim a Gym".
Pokemon Go has everyone trying to "catch 'em all".
Authorities and others are warning trespassers they could get arrested or worse - especially if they cross paths with an armed property owner. They have also reportedly corrected the issue through an app update.