Want to catch ‘em all? You might have to wait-- for now. Gamers were thrilled Wednesday night when the highly anticipated "Pokémon GO" dropped, but there’s a major problem: It isn’t working for a lot of people. Disturbed netizens, most who first fell in love with the classic video game in the 90s, took to Twitter to vent about the Android and iOS app not working—even though it’s currently No. 1 on the App Store. Here are some of the reasons it might not be working, along with the major problems:
1. There are tons of bugs. It’s only been hours since the new-age version of the classic video game was released, which means creators haven’t gotten a chance to work out all the kinks. One of the main problems people have experienced is their game history gets wiped clean every time they close the app.
2. It drains the life from your battery. Not only are adults allowed to catch Pokémon again, but they’re also able to do it in an altered reality. Unfortunately, it sucks the life out of your phone’s battery since gamers use the camera on their phone to find Pokémon. The only way this can be fixed is to use a fully charged phone when searching for Pokémon and bring a backup charger or battery.
3. It’s not true to the game. Forbes referred to it as “watered-down” version of Pokémon-- and it seems true. One of the biggest parts of the original video game was the hand-held battles, but that didn’t make it into the app.
4. It might not be safe. Sure, people text and drive anyway, but now people will probably be playing "Pokémon GO" while walking, biking, ect. One can only hope that people will put the app down when they get behind the wheel of a car.
Australian police are urging people to look away from their phones. "It's ... a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street," a statement from Australia's Northern Territory Police read, according to The Telegraph. "That Sandshrew isn't going anywhere fast.”
5. You might need to pay to get ahead. Like with most games, users essentially need to pay if they want to get further in the game. The same goes for "Pokémon GO," though it’s not that bad right now.
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