The free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game’s arrival in Taiwan made the country the third site in Asia to experience virtual creatures-catching after Hong Kong and Japan.
From Saturday, local game players are able to download the Pokemon Go app from APP Store and Google Play and join the growing world of Pokemon Go playing community to catch more than 100 virtual monsters, including Pikachu and Squirtle, the most familiar creatures in Taiwan, on the streets, in parks and wherever these monsters appear.
The game, a result of the cooperation among Niantic, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Co., was initially released in select countries in July 2016. When playing the game, players use a mobile device’s GPS capability to locate virtual monsters and capture, battle, and even train them.
So far, many netizens in Taiwan have successfully downloaded the Pokemon Go app and shared their experiences in playing the game through their LINE messages.
One of them said that he got up earlier than usual on Saturday morning, to gear up to capture monsters, while some others who had to work in the day said that they simply wanted to skip work and join the global fad immediately.
Based on online messages, even in Taitung, eastern Taiwan, players have found many places in the county to locate monsters. The arrival of Pokemon Go has stirred up discussions about the game.
However, Taiwanese players only could download the English-version of Pokemon Go. Many netizens questioned why the game did not provide players here with a Chinese version. Meanwhile, some players also complained they encountered some technical glitches, dampening their enthusiasm.
Amid the fever toward the augmented reality game, some netizens kindly reminded players to stay alert on the streets since a Pokemon Go player could run into pedestrians and vehicles when the player simply pays attention to how to locate and catch a monster, and doesn’t pay attention to cars or people.
Police in many countries where Pokemon Go have arrived, have issued warnings about inattentive driving, trespassing, and being targeted by criminals due to lack of awareness of one’s surroundings when people are playing the game.
In addition, people have suffered various injuries from accidents related to the game. A 18-year-old boy in Guatemala was reportedly shot and killed while playing the game one late evening in July.