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Old 07-13-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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Is Pokemon Go actually Branson's most awesome new show or attraction?



The Branson Tourism Center is one of many Pokestops in Branson.

“Well, not really, but it’s not because it is not one of the most popular things people are doing while in Branson right now,” said Preston Garrison, the Operations Manager for the Branson Tourism Center, one of Branson’s largest providers of tourism services and information. “It’s because Pokemon Go is not a Branson show or attraction, but a new game people play on their mobile phones as they are out and about searching for a ‘Pokemon,’” he added.


Since being introduced, less than a week ago, the growth of Pokemon Go, a new augmented reality exploration game that is played on mobile phones, has been nothing less than phenomenal. It’s a game that requires players to actually leave their homes and search for “Pokemon,” and that’s a plural thing, as in their numbers stretch into infinity. As they travel around Branson, or almost anywhere else, their phone will signal when “Pokemons” are near which will generally be near a “Pokestop” or “Gym.” Players "spin" and get rewards such as Pokeballs which can then be used to try to capture a Pokemon. There’s a lot more to the game than that, but, at least initially, the main objective is to capture “Pokemons.”


The neat thing is that playing the game can be done as an activity in itself, or as many do, played in conjunction with doing other things and deciding if and when to respond to a Pokemon sighting when their phone signals. The Branson Tourism Center (BTC) is a Pokestop, as are, we believe, many of Branson’s shows, attractions, and businesses. Connar Dougharty, one of BTC’s Branson based Travel Planners, who is playing the game, said that many of the people checking into BTC are playing the game and that they have noticed people “driving through” the parking lot stopping to play.


So, while Pokeman Go is an extremely popular activity it’s just another thing that Branson visitors can enjoy along with everything else Branson has to offer. One never knows though, there might be a Pokemon waiting as you pull into the parking lot of a Branson theatre or attraction, but even if there isn’t, there will be fun, adventure, and excitement.
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Old 07-13-2016, 10:36 PM   #2
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The branson landing has a few of the Pokestops as well as downtown branson. These "stops" where transferred over from the previous gps reality game made by Niatic, called Ingress. I've not managed to make it out to see what the gym's are like, but one can only imagine.

Ky3 recently posted a story about people going to the hospitals to hit the stops and the dislike by the hospitals of this. There's been a few other articles to and at the last count I found, 6% of android users have the game installed, it's increased the value of nintendo by 11B and there's 1.6m being spent on it each day.
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Old 07-14-2016, 07:33 AM   #3
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The branson landing has a few of the Pokestops as well as downtown branson. These "stops" where transferred over from the previous gps reality game made by Niatic, called Ingress. I've not managed to make it out to see what the gym's are like, but one can only imagine.

Ky3 recently posted a story about people going to the hospitals to hit the stops and the dislike by the hospitals of this. There's been a few other articles to and at the last count I found, 6% of android users have the game installed, it's increased the value of nintendo by 11B and there's 1.6m being spent on it each day.
I made a few Ingress portals in Branson back in the day but I haven't played that game in a long time. It's amusing that people think this is a "new" concept though.
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Like what, exactly? I could probably say the same thing about you and posting on this forum.
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According to the Better Business Bureau:

The BBB has provided the following information and tips for Pokeman Go players to consider:

Expenses: It’s possible to play completely cost-free by winning “PokeCoins” (the app’s currency) through gameplay, but you can also purchase the coins through an in-app purchase. The longer you play, the more spending money you need to store and “train” your gathered characters. The app also requires constant GPS access, and it uses a lot of data. After playing for hours every day, consumers with limited data plans may find themselves with a hefty bill at the end of the month.
BBB warns Pokemon Go players of real dangers of the game photo
In this Monday, July 11, 2016, photo provided by Huge shows Pokemon Go players stopping outside the Huge Cafe in downtown Atlanta, Ga., in search of digital monsters. The cafe owner noticed it was between two “Pokestops” and paid $40 in real world money to attach lures to them to increase the odds of players finding rare monsters like the “Starmie” and “Poliwag” nearby. Businesses are using the game, released in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand last week, to advertise products or services. (Brinson McGowan/Huge via AP)

Privacy: In order to play the game, users must allow the app to access other applications, such as maps and camera. Many users sign in with a Google account, and that has caused some concerns about privacy. The Android version of the game only accesses limited data (such as the user’s email address), but the iOS version for the iPhone can access all Google data. Niantic, the game’s maker, says no personal information has been accessed, and it is issuing a bug fix to correct the problem. Users can create an account through the app itself rather than using an email address to access the game.

Safety:
Players should use the same safety precautions while playing the game that they would in any other outdoor setting, including caution in strange locations. A Missouri police department reported robbers using a secluded “PokeStop” location to rob unsuspecting game players. Players should be cautious as pedestrians and obey all traffic laws, and drivers should be on the lookout for children who may be distracted by the game. The app also drains phone batteries, so users should be careful not to get stranded far from home.

Infringement: PokeStops are supposed to all be on public property (or cooperative private sites), but at least one homeowner has reported that his historic house is mistakenly a PokeStop. Players should be respectful of others’ private property. Future commercial opportunities are anticipated, where stores can offer rare or unique characters to add to the game.

Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon, but AAA on Tuesday warned drivers against the newest distraction in their pocket.

Trying to catch a Pokémon while behind the wheel is a major distraction and increases your risk of causing a crash,” AAA Georgia spokesman Garrett Townsend said. “Put your phone down while driving. Just one quick text or glance to see the next Pokéstop could end up costing you or someone else their life.”

Meanwhile, distracted driving is responsible for one out of every 10 traffic-related fatalities.

So, the game tends to make you unaware of what's going on around you. It can violate your privacy. It can drive up your cell phone bill. It can cause you to trespass and annoy merchants. It is another cause of distracted driving.

Sounds like a really good idea to play this game now doesn't it?
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According to the Better Business Bureau:

The BBB has provided the following information and tips for Pokeman Go players to consider:

Expenses: It’s possible to play completely cost-free by winning “PokeCoins” (the app’s currency) through gameplay, but you can also purchase the coins through an in-app purchase. The longer you play, the more spending money you need to store and “train” your gathered characters. The app also requires constant GPS access, and it uses a lot of data. After playing for hours every day, consumers with limited data plans may find themselves with a hefty bill at the end of the month.
BBB warns Pokemon Go players of real dangers of the game photo
In this Monday, July 11, 2016, photo provided by Huge shows Pokemon Go players stopping outside the Huge Cafe in downtown Atlanta, Ga., in search of digital monsters. The cafe owner noticed it was between two “Pokestops” and paid $40 in real world money to attach lures to them to increase the odds of players finding rare monsters like the “Starmie” and “Poliwag” nearby. Businesses are using the game, released in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand last week, to advertise products or services. (Brinson McGowan/Huge via AP)

Privacy: In order to play the game, users must allow the app to access other applications, such as maps and camera. Many users sign in with a Google account, and that has caused some concerns about privacy. The Android version of the game only accesses limited data (such as the user’s email address), but the iOS version for the iPhone can access all Google data. Niantic, the game’s maker, says no personal information has been accessed, and it is issuing a bug fix to correct the problem. Users can create an account through the app itself rather than using an email address to access the game.

Safety:
Players should use the same safety precautions while playing the game that they would in any other outdoor setting, including caution in strange locations. A Missouri police department reported robbers using a secluded “PokeStop” location to rob unsuspecting game players. Players should be cautious as pedestrians and obey all traffic laws, and drivers should be on the lookout for children who may be distracted by the game. The app also drains phone batteries, so users should be careful not to get stranded far from home.

Infringement: PokeStops are supposed to all be on public property (or cooperative private sites), but at least one homeowner has reported that his historic house is mistakenly a PokeStop. Players should be respectful of others’ private property. Future commercial opportunities are anticipated, where stores can offer rare or unique characters to add to the game.

Distracted driving is not a new phenomenon, but AAA on Tuesday warned drivers against the newest distraction in their pocket.

Trying to catch a Pokémon while behind the wheel is a major distraction and increases your risk of causing a crash,” AAA Georgia spokesman Garrett Townsend said. “Put your phone down while driving. Just one quick text or glance to see the next Pokéstop could end up costing you or someone else their life.”

Meanwhile, distracted driving is responsible for one out of every 10 traffic-related fatalities.

So, the game tends to make you unaware of what's going on around you. It can violate your privacy. It can drive up your cell phone bill. It can cause you to trespass and annoy merchants. It is another cause of distracted driving.

Sounds like a really good idea to play this game now doesn't it?
In the electrical industry companies are having to post signs on their high-voltage substations informing people that there are no Pokemans inside, and they are prohibited from entering. Yep...
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That is a very ignorant or arrogant statement to make. I don't think you have any idea about the benefits of being active in large groups, socialization, and breaking down of various barriors. Everyone I have met is having fun playing, and the impact on small business revenue is massive.
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Might make the traffic on the strip even more interesting. As mindless zombies with their eyes glued to their phones walk into traffic!
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I made a few Ingress portals in Branson back in the day but I haven't played that game in a long time. It's amusing that people think this is a "new" concept though.
It's not, however the augmented reality camera thing is new to me, I don't remember ingress having that.
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