Arlington cemetery and Holocaust museum: Stop catching Pokemon here

by Wade Massey July 21, 2016, 8:55
Arlington cemetery and Holocaust museum: Stop catching Pokemon here

The nation's war dead stretch for rows on rows, but they're looking down at their phones, trying to catch small little imaginary creatures called Pokemon.

At the East Renton Community Church in Renton, Washington, players have come by day and night, sometimes leaving the gates open, a potential invitation to criminal activity, office manager Rona Heenk said.

Pokémon GO is undoubtedly the year's most popular mobile game to date, with the augmented reality title now approaching upwards of 15 million users. It superimposes virtual animals in the real world using your camera and enhanced truth.

Based on Google's mapping technology, it allows players to wander around their neighbourhoods and wider afield to capture creatures that appear on their phones.

University of Melbourne researchers Eduardo Velloso and Marcus Carter said the way the game tags important locations was problematic. "We're a business and we like to connect with our community but we're not a video arcade". It was labeled a "Gym" where players pit their Pokemon, or pocket monsters, against each other in battle.

"It's obviously disrespectful", said visitor Adam Davis.

Some businesses are even advertising themselves specifically to "Pokemon Go" gamers.

"The cemetery is sacred and hallowed ground". President Timothy Claiborne said he's all for people having fun, but would prefer they have it at a local park.

Pokemon GO fans have been told not to play in the game in US Holocaust Museum.

So the 9/11 Memorial in New York City and the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. are both asking people to STOP PLAYING THE GAME when they visit.

The Holocaust museum has since asked attendees to refrain from playing the game when walking through its exhibits.

The ban comes after reports of people playing the game at Auschwitz and other memorial sites around the world.

The Cemetery officials tweeted a request asking players to maintain the decorum on the ANC grounds.

A spokesman for the Auschwitz Memorial said the presence of the game was "absolutely inappropriate". "But this game falls very much outside that", he added.

In Poland, the app is not yet officially available. The smartphone video game became popular nearly overnight.

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