One Streamer had an unfortunate run in with opportunistic thugs while playing Pokémon GO, but he managed to catch all the audio through the game feed.
One Pokémon GO fan had the unfortunate experience of having his phone stolen while he was livestreaming the gameplay to his followers. Pokémon GO has been an immensely popular addition to the Pokémon franchise ever since its release in 2016. The excitement of gamers catching a Squirtle on their front doorstep is infectious. As such, this has made the game a wildly popular choice for videos and livestreams on services such as YouTube and Twitch. A huge part of Pokémon GO’s appeal is how the game blurs the line between the videogame world and the physical world around us. It has been revolutionary in its ability to encourage fans to take up their phones and venture out for walks and adventures in a bid to catch Charizards and Bulbasaurs in their community.
This is not without its risks of course. Stories of players becoming injured after venturing over dangerous terrain have been rife, especially in the game’s first weeks of release when the hype was at its peak. Things have generally calmed down on this front now, but one gamer recently found himself in a different but none the less upsetting situation while distracted by the handheld game.
While livestreaming Pokémon GO to his followers on Twitch, gamer xDeezzNutzx was knocked down and his property was stolen from him by opportunistic assailants. Thanks to his stream being active at the time, he was able to document his attackers through the recording equipment on his phone. Despite the video footage at the time of the incident showing the in-game animations, the audio was all secured as evidence of the crime.
During the footage, xDeezzNutzx can be heard being taken by surprise as someone repeatedly tells him to hang up his phone. The streamer tries informing his muggers that he does not have anything on him before his speech becomes more distant and the rustle of clothing becomes apparent as the thieves make their getaway.
Incidents like this, thankfully, are incredibly rare and the game does always inform its fans to be aware of their environment when playing. The news of this unfortunate event should not detract from the fact that the Pokémon GO itself is an excellent form of motivation for people to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Something that, at a time like now with the COVID-19 Pandemic still dominating headlines, is vital for people’s physical and mental wellbeing. Hopefully, this news will be a good reminder to everyone to always be aware of their surroundings and to make sure that they are taking sensible steps to remain safe. Be this when playing Pokémon GO or not.
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