Second death linked to reality game
Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30
The death of an Irish dad-of-one while playing Google's augmented reality game 'Ingress' is the second death which has been linked to it.
In Brazil, a 16-year-old boy died after being knocked down by a bus while he was playing the Ingress game, according to local media reports. Gabriel Cavalcante Carneiro Leão spoke to his mother shortly before the accident and told her he was playing the game. She said later she feared he was distracted by the game at the time of the collision.
The game, Google's first foray into augmented reality games, has been downloaded more than 14 million times. Hundreds of people in Ireland play it.
Developed by Niantic Labs, a Google off-shoot, the game has a sci-fi backstory and is a complex world that is played out in real life locations.
Gamers can choose a side - the Enlightenment or the Resistance - and both sides compete for the control of 'portals'. Portals are assigned to landmarks or other well-known spots and a player must be near the portal to fight for its control.