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A worldwide Pokémon Go phenomenon has been unleashed since its release on July 6th, which is being embraced here in Barcelona. This mobile game allows players to capture Pokémon characters in the real world through the use of the phone’s camera to simulate augmented reality. It is not unusual to now spot hurdles of people deep in the Barcelona streets with their phones out hoping to find a Charizard or a Vaporeon, popular Pokémon creatures. Such was the case of two tourists who, while hunting down Pokémons, accidentally entered the 1,270-metre long La Rovira tunnel. The couple were rescued by the police who found them inside the tunnel in which no pedestrians are allowed.
After numerous similar cases throughout the world, Spain’s Policia Nacional issued a security guide for Pokémon Go users. Some of the safety rules prohibit biking while catching Pokémons, entering private property and invading roads. The police also advises, in amusing tongue-in-cheek language, to be wary of excessive data usage on players’ phones, to avoid becoming addicted to the app game and to check your surroundings.
Besides capturing Pokémons, players can also visit ‘gyms’, where these creatures can train for battles against other players. Places like the outside of Barcelona Cathedral and Plaça Espanya serve as locations of these highly-coveted gyms, which can only be accessed once you have reached level five.
As a city that welcomes thousands of international visitors, Barcelona is sure to become a hot spot for the Pokémon Go fever. Even our Barcelona Metropolitan office has been invaded by a few of these creatures. But, do not fret: we have captured them.