ON JULY 10th police in O’Fallon, a Missouri town of about 80,000 people, made a statement about the modus operandi of an armed gang that had been using “Pokémon Go”, a video game, to prey on the locals.
“Pokémon Go”, an app for smartphones, is the latest instalment of the Pokémon franchise, which began as a video game in 1996, before branching out into collectible cards, toys, books, TV shows and comics, and grossing ¥4.8 trillion ($46 billion) in the process.
Players take part in a sort of lighthearted digital dogfighting, in which the protagonists are not canines but cute magical animals discovered and trained by players.
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