There are (virtual) Pokémon among us. They’re in our parks, on our sidewalks and at our national monuments. And, you can catch them and train them for battle with the Pokémon Go game for mobile phones.
In the world of Pokémon, humans known as trainers collect Pokémon creatures, develop their skills and face off against another trainer’s Pokémon in battle. They’ve been around since the 1990s but were relegated to video games, trading cards and movies until now. Pokémon Go augments reality to show the creatures in real-world locations using a smartphone’s GPS, camera and other features. And, people are scrambling to find them.
You may have noticed groups wandering through your neighborhood or had people bump into you on the sidewalk with their phones held out. They’re some of the many millions of Americans out and about trying to capture Pokémon.
The enormously popular new game has been celebrated for getting gamers and young people up off the couch and out into the world. But, hunting down Pokémon all across town and at all hours of the day and night isn’t without its risks.
If you or anyone you know decides to embark on a quest to catch them all (151 creatures total), make sure to keep personal safety in mind at all times. Here are five tips for your Pokémon adventures:
We know it’s exciting to finally have Pokémon among us. We just want you to be safe while tracking them down. Happy exploring!
With the virtual world and the real world colliding in the augmented reality of Pokémon Go, there are bound to be some mishaps. If you damage someone’s property, such as a fence or landscaping, while playing, the liability coverage on your homeowners insurance or renters insurance may help you pay for the damages, according to your policy. Talk to your independent insurance agent to learn more about liability coverage and to discuss whether you need more coverage in the form of an umbrella policy.
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