TAIPEI (Reuters): Chen San-yuan changed his head as he cycled past the suburbs of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
Reason why? Attached to the front of the bike are 15 cellphones used by Chen, 70, to play augmented-reality games simultaneously Pokemon Go.
This smartphone-based game requires players to & # 39; animated characters that appear in the actual location.
Known as Pokemon Grandpa, Chen's videos and the arrangement of fan-shaped cellphones between "Pokestops" have become viral on the Internet and made him a small celebrity in Tucheng district, where he lives.
"I used one cellphone and then continued playing and playing," Chen, wearing clean white shirts and trousers, said Reuters Television on a recent outing.
"After a month, it became three cellphones, six cellphones, nine cellphones, 12 and then 15," he said, praising his grandson by introducing him Pokemon Go in 2016.
Chen said, his equipment spent more than US $ 4,800 and he spent around US $ 300 per month for virtual currencies to be used in games.
Playing on many phones allows it to reach higher levels in the game faster and catch more rare creatures, he said.
Retirees say he sometimes plays all night thanks to an artificial portable battery package that recharges the phone.
Chen's friends were amazed by his energy.
"He can take care of fifteen cellphones at once," said Shih Wun-sheng, 45.
"Starting out to go home, Chen can stay energetic for six to seven hours, not feeling tired. That is really impressive."
Pokemon Go, jointly developed by Nintendo Co and Niantic Inc., has been the biggest hit so far among games using what is called augmented reality, where digital characters are superimposed on the real world. – Reuters