I’ve found some article reflecting some of my thoughts about this global mania: https://vk.com/indy_vid?w=wall-83394484_28952
Personally my latest digital game addiction was Tetris of Spectrum era (ah, and Bomberman of Sega era, yes, it was! ). I never was interesting of pokemen meaning them just as a virtual sublimatic offspring of the culture where most people are not allowed to have real pets.
So I cannot judge about which part of described are true facts and which are conspirology insinuations.
I just translate a few quotes:
" - The developer of game is Niantic Labs, the inner start-up of Google.
- Niantic was built up by John Hanke, who also has founded Keyhole, Ink - the mapping project, bought by Google as a base to create Google-maps, Google-Earth, Google-streets.
- Keyhole, Ink was sponsored by In-Q-Tel venture fund, which is the fund of CIA officially founded at 1999,
By those Google applications was solved the full refreshing mapping of the whole planet, including roads, military bases, our towns, streets, cars, faces…
Only one “problem” was still not solved: how to look inside, into our houses, flats, rooms, undergrounds, hidden in leaves, caserns, state departments and so on…"
“Niantic officially warn you in game agreement: “We are collaborating with state structures and private companies and we are able to share with them any info about you and your children”…”
“Point 6: “our application is not able to make the “Do not track” request of your brouser”. So everything is tracking.”
“So if someone will be interesting in what is going on at any place of the Earth, it’s enough to set Pikachu somewhere near…”
I didn’t recheck the facts above, as I said, I never pet any monsters in my pocket (and in my balls) to grow.
But it’s not a bad food for boiling from that side of view, isn’t it?