Don’t risk your life for Pokémon Go – like this guy did

Keeping telling yourself it's just a game. Because it is.

Pokemon
Gotta Catch Them All Pokeman Go is here. Image Nintendo

So Pokémon Go has finally been released in the UK, having already whipped up quite the storm online with Pikachu-chasing fans across the world.

But if there is one story to offer as a warning to any potentially distracted Pokemon Go players out there is that of US gamer Michael Baker.

With much of the smartphone-based GPS-leg game requiring people to walk around large urban areas in search of digitalized monsters, Baker managed to get himself into a spot of bother.

Namely: he got stabbed by a random stranger he thought was playing the Nintendo game then, worse still, opted against seeking immediate medical treatment while he continued his hunt for more Pokemon.

The 21-year-old from Forest Grove, Oregon, was walking around, attempting to catch as many as he could at approximately 1am.

Pokémon Go
Gotta catch 'em all Image Picture Nintendo

Baker soon encountered another, as yet unidentified, man who he assumed was also playing the game.

“I saw him go by and asked if he was playing Pokémon Go,” he explained to kptv.com.

“I guess he wanted to battle because he came up at me with a knife”

“He was like ‘what?’ I guess he wanted to battle because he came up at me with a knife.”

Having been stabbed in the arm, most people would have assumed, at this point, that Michael would have sought out a hospital but he had other things on his mind.

Right after I was stabbed, I continued my mission to Plaid Pantry for my mission for chips and beer,” he explained.

Though Baker survived to tell the tale, his story certainly offers a stark warning to any British gamers.

Stay alert to your surroundings guys, especially if you are walking around random streets in the middle of the night with an expensive mobile phone on display.

We know you have gotta catch them all but you will most likely struggle to do that if you end up dead.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.

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