Get your Pokémon then Go ask residents of flats in March
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Pokémon Go, the new smartphone craze, has prompted a polite sign at the back of a block of flats in March asking people not to loiter after they have caught their virtual creatures.
Residents at Bevill’s Place have put up a sign saying: “This is a private residential area.
“If you are here looking for Pokémon please show consideration to those living at Bevill’s Place and leave immediately afterwards so as not to cause disruption and or upset.
“Please do not loiter or congregate. Your co-operation is much appreciated.”
The craze has seen millions of people globally taking to the streets with their phones on a virtual treasure hunt adventure where they catch creatures, have play offs in Pokemon gyms and collect creatures as they spawn.
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The game is described as a location-based reality game and was released in most regions of the world this month.
Typically played on mobile phones, players use satellite navigation and camera to capture, battle, and train Pokémon who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player.
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Reviewers praised the game and the incentive to be more active and it quickly became one of the most used mobile apps downloaded by more than 75 million people worldwide.
It has been credited with promoting physical activity but it has also courted controversy for contributing to car accidents and becoming a public nuisance at some locations, like the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.
A researcher at Leicester University praised Pokemon Go saying it could help tackle rising obesity levels.
Dr Tom Yates, a reader in physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health at the university Diabetes Centre, said: “Recent figures suggest five million people in England are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is largely associated with physical inactivity obesity.
“If there is something out there which is getting people off the sofa and pounding the streets then this game could be an innovative solution for rising obesity levels.
“Walking is hugely underrated yet it is man’s best and the cheapest form of exercise. It’s an easy and accessible way to get active and help maintain a healthy body.”
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