Where Shouldn't You Play Pokemon Go?

Posted: Jul 13 2016, 6:29pm CDT | by , in News | Gaming


Where Shouldn't You Play Pokemon Go?
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Pokemon Go has continued to break records and sweats across the US as people try to catch 'em all. However, there has been a somewhat fascinating and inappropriate trend developing - Pokemon are popping up in places that they really shouldn't. While most people don't think about it before they go somewhere, there are locations where it would be more respectful not to go Pokemon hunting - for example, cemeteries, certain monuments, and remembrance zones.

There are even places where it feels creepy for older people to frequent - playgrounds, schoolyards, and even college campuses. You also have to worry about some of the potential robbery risks that pop up with playing the game.

People have reported seeing Pokemon and Pokestops at inappropriate locations, including Auschwitz, the 9/11 Memorial, and the Holocaust Museum. Some of the European locations still have a chance to be ironed out because the game hasn't officially launched there.

Niantic didn't have complete control over where the locations will be, however. The game uses information from Google Maps and the Pokestops in particular come from another game Ingress. The Pokemon are randomly distributed throughout the game, but it doesn't seem like it would be too tough to prevent them from appearing in certain spaces.

Andrew Hollinger, the communications director at the Holocaust Museum, explained in a statement to Vox that while he and his colleagues understand the value of the game, it does not belong in their museum: "We feel playing Pokémon Go in a memorial dedicated to the victims of Nazism is inappropriate. We encourage visitors to use their phones to share and engage with Museum content while here. Technology can be an important learning tool, but this game falls outside of our educational and memorial mission. We are looking into how the Museum can be removed from it."

But the problem is, can a location be removed from the game entirely? Vox asked and they said: "PokéStops and Gyms in Pokémon GO are found at publicly accessible places such as historical markers, public art installations, museums and monuments. If you want to report inappropriate locations or content, please submit a ticket on the Pokémon GO Support website at https://support.pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/hc/en-us."

Now, when you actually click on that link, you get a message that says "Due to the incredible number of Pokémon GO downloads, some Trainers are experiencing server connectivity issues. Don’t worry, our team is on it!"

The game is continuing to grow and change as more people play, so there are gonig to be some kinks to work out until it gets solved.

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