Hong Kong launch of Pokemon GO highlights democracy protest landmarks

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Hong Kong launch of Pokemon GO spotlights democracy protest landmarks

Young people thronged the streets of Hong Kong this week, eager to try Pokemon GO, a smart game new phone backed by Nintendo of Japan, capture monsters in the protest sites 2014 democracy of the city, known as the Revolution umbrella .

The game launched in the financial center of Asia this week after becoming an unexpected hit in countries from Spain to New Zealand, helping to double the value of Nintendo since its debut in the United States this month.

Created by Nintendo, Niantic and Pokemon, the game is played in what is known as augmented reality, touching the GPS user applications to spawn Pokemon, or Pocket Monsters in the context of the real environment.

Users in the Chinese territory were connected immediately after the release on Monday and stayed glued to their long phone Tuesday, playing office buildings, shopping malls and subways.

The game features places like the “Lennon” wall, a major site of democratic protests in 2014, when thousands of people took to the streets for more than two months to demand that Beijing allow full democracy in the former British colony.

“The movement lasted only months, but the game makes it special,” college student Cathy Chan, 20 said, adding that the wall, cover letters democracy and named in honor of former Beatle John Lennon, represented Hong Kong and serves as a log movement. “It’s very special.”

The location features in the game as a “gym”, where users can fight battles to increase your score.

In selecting sites, the game uses photos uploaded in recent years by players of a previous game in Niantic, input, which is still played by supporters in Hong Kong.

Although Pokemon GO has not yet launched in China, Hong Kong travelers can use the facilities of the roaming network to access the game in the southern city of Shenzhen, as some in the gambling center of Macau.

The buzz stimulated Hong Kong phone companies to offer special data plans for gaming enthusiasts.

Some office workers said they played Pokemon GO in your lunch break and resumed immediately after work.

“When I walk back home and after dinner, I also play,” said one fan, Elaine Wan. “Actually, all my colleagues are around to play the game.”

China governs Hong Kong under a formula of “one country, two systems” allowing broad autonomy and freedoms enjoyed in the continent.

Protests 2014 Beijing presented with one of its biggest political challenges as it crushed the pro-democracy demonstrations in Beijing in 1989.

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