How To Stay Aware with Pokémon Go
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How To Stay Aware with Pokémon Go

Pokemon Go


Since its release in July 2016, the interactive smartphone game Pokémon Go has become an internet sensation, and for good reason. For the first time ever, Pokémon fans are able make the fun more interactive by taking on the true role of a Pokémon trainer and “catching them all” by exploring the world beyond their front door.

Nintendo's augmented reality game has been widely successful in motivating players to get up and moving by requiring that players physically walk to play the free online game (which is a total game changer, pun intended).

The game uses Google Maps to guide players to public places listed as “Pokéstops” or “gyms” where players can collect more supplies, battle other players, and capture unique Pokémon along the way.

Photo of Pokemon Go Map

Before playing the game, an initial screen urges players to stay alert, safe, and remain aware of their surroundings at all times.

"Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings." - Pokemon Go main screen
Yet, reports continue to emerge of Pokémon Go players finding themselves in unsafe situations.

"New York man crashes into tree playing Pokémon Go while driving; Pennsylvania teen run over crossing highway" - Daily News"2 men fall off bluff in Encinitas while playing "Pokemon Go," authorities say on"

Since then, several Police forces have released statements asking Pokémon Go players to exercise extra caution when playing the game.

"Yeah we know Charizard is rare but don't let Officer Monello & his new partner catch you! Don't #CatchEmAll & drive!" - NYPD 19th Precint official Twitter

"Be mindful on what you play online, A String of armed robberies perpetrated by suspects who targeted their victims using Pokémon Go. RH" - The official Twitter account of the Philadelphia Police's 35th District.

They've even added a few helpful tips on how to stay safe during gameplay.

One suggestion for safer gameplay is to enable the vibrate function on the app when playing. By tapping the "Pokéball" on the main screen and then selecting the settings icon, players can choose to enable the sound or vibrate function. Once this is enabled, players will feel a vibration when a Pokémon is nearby, leaving the player’s eyes free to look up and evaluate their surroundings.

Pokemon Go Settings

Another suggestion for staying safe and aware is to use your AfterShokz headphones while playing. The open-ear design allows you to listen to the cheery music of the Pokémon world and still hear any approaching cars or people.

Safety is our main priority here at AfterShokz, even when out catching Pokémon. Have you played Pokémon Go yet? If the answer is yes, give us your best tips on staying aware while playing! If the answer is no, head on over to the App Store to get your game on.