Theres no denying that Pokmon Go fever is sweeping the world, but its innovative real-world gameplay has already raised real-world safety concerns for its players. Thats why the games developer, Niantic, just went above and beyond with their latest update: Pokmon will now scream when players are within a mile of a registered sex offender!
Awesome. Now everyone can become a Pokmon master without fear!
The new patch seamlessly integrates data from the national sex offender registry with Pokmon Gos augmented reality gameplay, keeping players safe without obtrusive pop-ups. Any wild Pokmon that you encounter within a one-mile radius of a known sex offender now let out a full-throated howl through your phones speakers, letting you know to stay alert on your quest to catch em all. Take a look:
Finally, parents can let their kids play Pokmon Go with peace of mind, knowing that Cubone or Metapod will let loose a warning shriek if a child predator is lurking nearby.
And Niantic didnt just stop there. Beyond direct encounters, players can also hear the faint screams of nearby Pokmon who are not yet visible on screen but in the vicinity of a pervert and use their volume to steer clear of their location. Plus, even if theres no wild Pokmon right in front of you, you can always check to see if the Pokmon youve already captured are currently shrieking. The update has also inadvertently added a fun new gameplay dimension for die-hard completionists, who can now challenge themselves to hear all 151 Pokmons distinct screams on top of just completing their Pokdex. Awesome!
Pokmon Go has brought joy to so many in the few weeks its been out, so its great to see Niantic show theyre committed to keeping players safe. Game on!