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Video: Pokemon Go causes a ‘Walking Dead’ style stampede in NYC

Pokemon Go Stampede

Mobile apps have been around for a good eight years now, but it’s fair to say we’ve never seen a phenomenon like Pokemon Go ever before. Sure, we’ve had our fun with Angry Birds, Flappy Bird, Candy Crush, Draw Something and any other number of apps that have assumed the spotlight for varying lengths of time, but Pokemon Go is on a completely another level.

From players walking of cliffs to preoccupied gamers driving into trees, the level of addiction engendered by Pokemon Go is quite literally unprecedented. Some unlucky souls in England even found themselves stuck in a cave 100 feet underground. And this past Friday night, swarms of Pokemon Go players assembled in Central Park and effectively created a stampede of sorts as the earnest search for virtual monsters raged on unabated.

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The entire ordeal was caught on tape and you might be forgiven for thinking that you’re watching an unaired clip or promo reel from season 1 of The Walking Dead. Cars are stopped dead in their tracks as masses of people cross the street. What’s more, some exceptionally dedicated players — the few, the proud — even abandoned their cars altogether to head for the park to try and catch Vaporeon.

Welcome to 2016, I guess.

The video description reads: “What happens when hundreds of people are gathered at the edge of Central Park to play Pokemon Go at 11pm’ish and a Vaporeon shows up in the park? Well….this!”

So without further ado, the current state of the Pokemon Go craze encapsulated perfectly in one short and sweet 41-second video clip.

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.