The internet blew up this week with the nostalgic-ridden mobile game known as Pokémon Go surfaced online. The game takes creatures from the fan favorite Pokémon TV show and places them into an augmented reality, where then players can travel to real-life locations to find and capture these creatures.
With its immense popularity, players can travel all over their neighborhood and beyond to continue their gaming experience. Some players however, have traveled onto questionable premises, one of them being a Holocaust memorial.
The United States Holocaust Museum issued a statement following the games launch:
Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism
The memorial museum is actually a PokeStop, this is a place where on the mobile game, you can pick up PokeBalls, Pokémon eggs and other various items.
The official website says PokeStops can be found at:
Interesting places, such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments.
Due to PokeStops, the museum also issued the statement of:
We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum isn't the only place to have players hunting for Pokémon, the 9/11 memorial has also had Pokémon Go players visiting its premises too.
A security guard at the Holocaust Museum gave comment:
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the game itself,” Chris Desciora, a security guard at the memorial, told the Times. “But you know, maybe the game’s services could consider where they are placing the Pokémon or whatever. You should come here to see everything and to respect the memorial not just to catch a Pokémon.”
Players have been so invested in the video game that they have reported minor injuries from not keeping a proper lookout of where they're going, instead they have their eyes glued to the phone screen.
Other cruel cases of Pokémon Go is that Missouri police have reported that armed robbers are using Pokémon Go to snare victims in isolated places.
"Using the geolocation feature of the 'Pokémon Go' app the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims," officials said.
Pokémon Go continues to grow with popularity and interest.