TAIPEI (REUTERS) – Mr. Chen San-yuan returns to its heads as it travels through a suburb of Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
The reason for which?
Attached to the front of his bike are 15 mobile phones that Mr. Chen, 70, uses to play the Pokemon Go game simultaneously.
The smartphone game requires players to "capture" animated characters appearing in real-world locations.
Known as the Pokemon Grandpa, Mr Chen's videos and the configuration of the "fan" between "Pokestops" became viral on the Internet and made him a minor celebrity in the Tucheng neighborhood where he lives.
"We used a cell phone and then continued to play and play," Chen said, dressed in a shirt and long-sleeved long-sleeved trousers, Reuters Television said in a recent visit.
"After a month, they became three mobile phones, six mobile phones, nine mobile phones, 12 and then 15," he said, crediting his nephew by introducing him to Pokemon Go in 2016.
Mister. Chen said his gear costs more than $ 4,800, and he spends about $ 300 a month on the virtual currency to use in the game.
Playing on multiple phones allows it to reach higher levels in the game and capture rarer creatures, he said.
The retiree said he sometimes plays all night with customized portable battery packs that recharge the phones.
Chen's colleagues are amazed at his energy.
"She is able to take care of fifteen mobile phones at once," Shih Wun-sheng, 45, said. "From the exit to home, Chen can stay energetic for six to seven hours, not tired. It's impressive.
Pokemon Go, developed jointly by Nintendo Co and Niantic Inc., has been the biggest hit so far among games that use so-called augmented reality where digital characters are superimposed over the real world.