Pokemon Go player says he was stabbed, carried on playing

Technically Incorrect: An Oregon man says that while playing the game, he was stabbed by a stranger but needed to continue his Pokemon quest.

Chris Matyszczyk
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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

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Michael Baker, supreme PokemonGolian?

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When something becomes a craze, is it fair to call everyone involved crazy?

I ask only because of the tale of Michael Baker.

As Fox 12 reports, Baker says he was indulging his Pokemon Go habit at 1 a.m. on Monday in Forest Grove, Oregon.

This might not be the wisest thing to do, especially after happenings in Missouri.

There, four men were arrested after allegedly luring Pokemon Go players in the early hours of the morning and then subjecting them to armed robberies.

Baker told Fox that he suddenly came upon another man: "I saw him go by and asked if he was playing Pokemon Go. He was like, What?"

Things then took a serious turn, Baker said (in a somewhat unserious way).

"I guess he wanted to battle," Baker quipped, referring to the in-game "battles" players can initiate between their Pokemon characters. "Because he came up at me with a knife."

It wasn't a long altercation, however: "It was pretty brief and fast, like, just slice and ran."

A spokesman for the Forest Grove Police Department confirmed that Baker was stabbed in the shoulder.

He told me that the investigation is ongoing and that there are several witnesses to the alleged attack. The department isn't releasing details about a suspect.

Baker said he didn't immediately go to hospital. You already know why, don't you? Yes, he wanted to keep on playing. He needed chips and beer too.

Such is the constitution of the true PokemonGolian.

Baker admitted to Fox that he was truly in desperate need to catch them all. He does, however, claim to have eventually gotten eight stitches in his shoulder as part of that quest.

Police have warned PokemonGolians to be careful, especially when out at night in search of monsters.

The police department in Bayview, San Francisco, has even released a list of Pokemon Go safety tips. Sample: "Do not run into trees."

Gamers will, however, be gamers.

But what happens when they do catch them all? Will they stop going out?