As “Pokemon GO” gears up for its release date, industry experts have raised some security and privacy issues that need to be addressed by the game’s developers.
Being a GPS-based game, players are aware of each other’s locations whenever they are logged on and playing the game, according to Future Tense .
This might not sit well with parents may not be able to track the online activity of their kids, who at some point during the game, may have negative encounters with adult players.
“Very few are prepared to deal with a game that may encourage tweens and teens to interact with other players out in the real world,” the Future Tense article said.
Similar to the multi-player online game “Ingress,” a lot of location traces are available to other “Pokemon GO” players, which would make it possible for them to know where another gamer lives or work.
Moreover, “Pokemon GO,” whose release date is still unknown, could also be used as a marketing tool by third parties such as fast-food companies which could serve as “virtual” homes for “Pikachu” and “Snorlax.”
Queried by Future Tense on how it intends to address these concerns, Niantic representative Even Dexter replied, “We’re not quite ready to talk in more depth about Pokémon GO than what was revealed in the announcement press release and assets.”
“Come mid-October we’ll be able to start going into more depth about our plans for the game, and about our plans for real world gaming overall,” Dexter added.
For the still unfamiliar, “Pokemon Go,” is an augmented reality game which uses your handset’s GPS coordinates to create a game where you hunt, capture, and train “Pokemon” in the real world, reported the Den of Geek .
The game, which is being jointly developed by Nintendo, The Pokemon Company and Niantic.One can be downloaded and played for free on iPhone and Android smartphones.
There is, however, an optional device called Pokemon Go Plus, a wristwatch-like gadget that is designed to connect to your phone via Bluetooth and sends out an alert once it locates a “Pokemon” hiding behind a nearby bush or under a park bench.
Veteran director and programmer Junichi Masuda is overseeing the development of “Pokemon GO,” whose release date still has to be announced.