Pokemon Go is not a “dangerous” game in and of itself, but we did hear all kinds of crazy stories last summer when Pokemon Go fever swept the nation. While most people were able to enjoy Niantic’s addictive mobile game without incident, you would always run across reports of people finding dead bodies, walking off cliffs, crashing their cars, or even accidentally entering into a neighboring country while playing the game.
Because of incidents like these, China will not allow the game within its borders. The Chinese state censor has deemed that Pokemon Go and similar augmented reality games will not be licensed until they have been thoroughly evaluated for potential security risks. According to Reuters, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television cites “a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people’s lives and property,” as their main concern surrounding Pokemon Go.
As stated by the games panel of the China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association, these risks include a “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.” There is also the fact that Pokemon Go (and