Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game. You can catch virtual Pokemon in real world. In the game, Poke balls are used to catch Pokemon. And you need to find Pokestops to get new items and Pokeball. What’s more, gyms are the place where players train their Pokemon. Pokestops and gyms are usually set in public place, such as libaries and parks. But some problems appears. The data indiciates that the location of Pokestops and gyms is not resonable. Some people lived in rural area and there are no many Pokestops and gyms near them. It’s helpless for them to level up and catch Pokemon. Some people choose to cheat with Pokemon Go bots.
According to data compiled by the Urban Institute, Gyms and PokeStops in the augmented-reality game Pokemon Go tend to appear more in white areas than in black and Latino ones. Pokemon Go Account For Sale While playing the popular augmented-reality game Pokémon Go in Long Beach, a city that is nearly 50% white, Aura Bogado made an unsettling discovery — there were far more PokéStops and Gyms, locations where people pick up virtual goods or battle one another, than in her predominantly minority neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Similarly, New York boroughs Brooklyn and Queens, both of which have high numbers of Hispanic and black residents, had significantly fewer PokéStops than in Manhattan and white and Asian neighborhoods. The dearth of PokéStops and Gyms make it tougher for residents of these overlooked communities to participate in the game. They also lose the benefits to gamers that come with a multitude of virtual stops that dispense critical items for free such as Poké Balls, used to catch Pokémon, or egg incubators to grow new monsters.
“This is not a new story in terms of a product having some type of — whether intended or unintended — discriminatory effect,” says Safiya Umoja Noble, professor of information studies and African-American studies at UCLA. Pokémon Go Account Reinforcing these inequities on the digital plain has implications that go far beyond Pokémon Go, says Jeffrey Vagle, executive director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “Yes, Pokémon Go is just another silly smartphone game.
But through its popularity and usage patterns, we can see the very real boundaries of poverty and racism that continue to be reinforced when we should be using our technologies to dismantle them,” he wrote in a blog post. “Technology largely developed by white men is full of assumptions that are just not true or helpful when used in more diverse or complex environments,” Nathan Freitas, a fellow at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard University, said in an email. Technology companies such as Niantic need to hire more software engineers of color, UCLA’s Noble says.
They also need to hire people with social science degrees to work alongside programmers and enhance their understanding of how the tech they are building will influence society, she says. Niantic spokesperson Chase Colasonno did not comment on the disparity of PokéStops and Gyms in predominantly black or white areas, but said in an email that the game is not yet processing user requests for additional PokéStops. He said Niantic would “readdress this topic after the game is fully launched worldwide.”