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Beware of Pikachu...

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, you wake up one morning and notice that your colleague is playing a game on his phone called Pokemon Go. Your colleague; not your nephew. He is a doctorate holding professional, and he is chasing animated characters using his phone. In case you have been living in a cave over the last week or so, or if you are so perplexed/perturbed that you just can’t figure out what is going on, the fine people at Vox (“Pokemon, Go Explained”) have given us the bottom line on this raging phenomenon:

In simple terms, Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon “appear” around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon in the game. (This combination of a game and the real world interacting is known as “augmented reality.

Ahh, so that explains it.

No. It doesn’t explain anything, but hey live and let live. If chasing Pokemons is your thing, who are we to object? We are lawyers, so who are we to judge? (No pun intended.) The thing that does concern us, however, is the safety of the players. It hasn’t been very long, and in the quest for Pokemon conquest, there have already been dead bodies, robberies, and the classic trip and fall (Mike Shultz , of Long Island, who tripped while searching for Pokemons, has already taken a position on liability: “I just wanted to be able to stop quickly if there were any Pokemons nearby to catch,” he said. “I don’t think the company is really at fault”). While it is probably too early to determine how this will all play out (again, no pun), we urge our clients and readers to be circumspect while looking at the phone and traveling, and especially while going to strange areas. For now, all we can suggest is to be safe and cautious.

And now, please excuse us while we look for Pikachu.

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