Date
17 December 2017
Three in 10 people play Pokemon GO up to five hours a day, twice as many as those who play for one to two hours, accordng to a survey. Photo: Xinhua
Three in 10 people play Pokemon GO up to five hours a day, twice as many as those who play for one to two hours, accordng to a survey. Photo: Xinhua

Monster fever shows no signs of abating

The hunt for monsters continues unabated, more than a week after Pokemon GO landed in Hong Kong.

And it looks like the online craze is hooking up strangers and turning them into friends.

Nearly three in 10 have made new friends playing the mobile video game, according to a survey conducted by consulting company Red Ocean Solutions on Monday and Tuesday.

But like most chases, this one has its own drawbacks.

At least one in 10 players has collided with another, crashed into a wall or tripped over.

Still, three in 10 play up to five hours a day, twice as many as those who play for one to two hours, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Fewer players are doing it on the spur of the moment but a previous survey showed three in 10 were consciously and actively in the hunt.

Nearly half of all respondents think the game’s inventor is a genius, slightly down from the previous survey.   

Players aim to achieve level 40, the highest for the game, of whom three in 10 are at level 11 to 15.

That compares with 22 percent at level 16-20 and 7 percent at level 21-30, according to Apple Daily.

About 16 percent said they were out looking for monsters on Monday and Tuesday when Typhoon Nida was lashing Hong Kong.   

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