When a rare Pokémon makes its presence, you can be sure a gathering isn’t too far behind. And in this instance, a Vaporeon was potted in New York’s Central park, and the crowds came in droves.
Nowadays, when I’m driving and I see people walking with their smartphones in search mode, I immediately assume they’re on the hunt for Pokémon and not taking pictures.
And for many folks in New York last week, hunting was precisely on their minds.
Once the Vaporeon was spotted, literally hundreds of players walked, ran, stampede and some simply got out of their vehicles to get a glimpse.
I was taken back by this footage, and could have mistaken that these people saw a UFO or some unexplained phenomenon.
Pokémon Go Terms And Service
While I have no interest in downloading and playing Pokémon Go for my Android or iOS mobile device, clearly many people around the world do.
Nintendo and Niantic, Inc. teamed up to bring this augmented reality craze to the masses and it looks like there’s no stopping it.
And as we’ve stated many times on this tech blog before, often times we make the mistake of downloading apps and games without paying attention to the Terms of Service.
I’ve been guilty of doing it as many of you have as well. You want an app, so you simply click I agree without reading a lick of what’s written in the TOS and what the app needs permission to get access to.
As noted on TechCrunch, once you download this game and click agree to the Terms Of Service, you’re in a binding agreement that basically strips you of some important rights.
Basically once you agree and download the app, you waive your right for a class action lawsuit or any rights to trial by jury.
ARBITRATION NOTICE: EXCEPT IF YOU OPT OUT AND EXCEPT FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DISPUTES DESCRIBED IN THE “AGREEMENT TO ARBITRATE” SECTION BELOW, YOU AGREE THAT DISPUTES BETWEEN YOU AND NIANTIC WILL BE RESOLVED BY BINDING, INDIVIDUAL ARBITRATION, AND YOU ARE WAIVING YOUR RIGHT TO A TRIAL BY JURY OR TO PARTICIPATE AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS ACTION OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING.
Just look at this Tweet of a screen shot below, to see what you’re agreeing to let the Pokémon Go app have access to.
— dade (@0xdade) July 11, 2016
I’d suggest users pay attention and spend some time to read over the TOS of the game to understand what their rights are and aren’t.