GEORGE TOWN – The Penang government has no intention of banning the location-based augmented reality game, Pokemon GO, despite the finding by state Mufti Datuk Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor that the game had negative consequences.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state had no intention of banning the game because it encourages people to go out and interact and it is considered a form of exercise.
“The game is really fun and force players to run around and chase Pokemon which is also a form of exercise. However, I will not play it as it is too complex for my age,” said Lim who joined the craze in chasing for Pokémon in Gurney Paragon here today.
Yesterday, Dr Wan Salim described Pokemon Go as a game that had more disadvantages than good and would discuss the possibility of banning the game if there were complaints lodged by the public or if proposed by any members of the committee.
However, Lim said that the view was from a religious perspective and but the state had no problems with the game.
Pokemon GO, developed by Niantic Incorporation of Nintendo USA has set a new wave of augmented reality game in the history of smartphone applications.
The game enables the player to hunt, fight and train virtual Pokemon characters based on real-world locations detected via their smartphones. – BERNAMA