As we've previously reported, the Pokemon Go game has taken people far and wide into the world, and sometimes that has led to inappropriate places, like the 9/11 Memorial or the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Now the game has prompted a safety warning from the U.S. military's Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
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The game uses Google Maps to overlay our real world with digital creatures. Players then use their smartphones to capture the Pokemon in real locations. They can also go places to train their Pokemon so that they can defeat other creatures.
While the game is successful, people have been afraid that it will lead to safety problems due to distracted pedestrians and trespassing.
Based on these fears, the base near Tacoma, Washington issued a warning to players: “DO NOT chase Pokémon into controlled or restricted areas, office buildings, or homes on base,” it said, in a Facebook post aimed at “budding Pokemon Trainers using Pokemon Go on JBLM.”
It even had some words of wisdom for players everywhere: “It’s a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing streets,” it said. “That Pokémon isn’t going anywhere fast.”
According to Military.com, the base is home to the 2nd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, 1st Special Forces Group, the Army’s I Corps and the Air Force’s 62nd Airlift Wing.
So far there hasn't been an official announcement about whether or not there will be guidance rules for Pokemon Go across the military or around the Pentagon.
Part of this comes after a player walked onto an Indonesian military base last week. Romain Pierre, 27, was detained after he started to run when guards approached him.
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Pierre was released a few hours later because it became apparent "he unintentionally entered the complex as he was hunting Pokemon while jogging," the police spokesman, Col. Yusri Yunus, said Tuesday.