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5 Reasons For Not Playing Pokemon Go

By: Siddhartha Sharma

Last Updated: July 19, 2016, 14:15 IST

Pokemon Go. (Photo: News18)

Pokemon Go. (Photo: News18)

There might be a zillion reasons to play Pokemon Go but, we at News18 Tech give you five reason not to play Pokemon Go.

It's a sensational augmented reality game that's become more popular than social media apps world over. Pokemon Go is also making waves in India with many players downloading the APK files as the game is not yet officially available in India.

It's an even more addictive game than Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans. And there might be a zillion reasons to play Pokemon Go but, we at News18 Tech give you five reason not to play Pokemon Go.

1. Fake Pokemon Go Apps

Any game that's popular catches the eye of hackers. People in India are downloading the APK files for the game from unverified sources and that can lead to attacks on your smartphone and data. If you get a bad APK file you are opening up your phones data to the hackers. Some hackers can even remotely take control of your smartphone and steal your valuable financial data.

2. It's Really Not Free

Pokemon Go might be a game that's free to download on your smartphones, but it uses a lot of data on your phone. That basically means that you'll be exhausting your internet packs even before your bill cycles. This game benefits your mobile network provider the most and will empty your pockets if you get too addicted to it.

3. Privacy

Cyber security firm TrendMicro recently said in a report that Pokemon Go gets constant access to the camera and GPS of your smartphone. For some iPhone users the game is also getting full access to users Google accounts. This basically is reading into user patterns by the game developer. The developers did say that they have resolved the issue, but still it's left to your imagination what emails do developers want to read on your Google account. Also it leaves a potential risk to users from hackers.

4. Pokemon Go Drains Battery

Unlike many offline games, Pokemon Go is an augment reality game that uses your smartphones GPS, Camera and Data. And to catch Pokemons on the go, you always need the display of your smartphone on. This game is a battery guzzler. So, if you don't have a smartphone with more than 300 mAh battery it's better to avoid this game as it will leave your smartphone high and dry in no time.

5. It's Dangerous

Pokemon Go is a game that's played on the go. And many people in US have been reportedly playing this game while driving and then crashing into walls. In India where the traffic is mostly at a standstill, you might be lured into playing Pokemon Go, but it can be fatal. It might be a fun game, but if you mix it with the wrong things in life, things can take an ugly turn. Also with so many sewage drains uncovered in India, you are at potential risk of falling into one and injuring yourself while playing this game.

And if you are not convinced, watch the video to know how to play Pokemon Go.

first published:July 19, 2016, 14:15 IST
last updated:July 19, 2016, 14:15 IST