Cemetery asks Pokemon players to stay off game
, Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 06:05 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 06:12 PM EDT
The sudden, meteoric rise of the new Pokémon Go app is having some unintended negative consequences.
There have been reports of app users following the game into solemn spaces.
In the United States, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., had to ask users not to participate inside the museum out of respect for Holocaust victims and their families.
Locally there has been a report of players entering Pine Hills Cemetery near Kennedy Rd. and St. Clair Ave. E. in Scarborough to find a game location at the veterans’ section.
A cemetery spokesman told the Toronto Sun Wednesday that although he wasn’t aware of an incident, cemetery staff are asking visitors to refrain from using the game on the grounds in honour of the veterans.
The app was released on July 6 and re-imagines the vintage game on iPhones and Android phones.
It encourages gamers to find and ‘catch’ characters in real life locations using their phones.
The app itself hasn’t been officially launched in Canada, so users have had to find ways to work around the restriction.
Staff from the HMCS York naval reserve in downtown Toronto are cautioning people from trespassing onto the base.
“A friendly reminder that we will catch you before you can catch #PokemonGO at a @CanadianForces base,” a post on Twitter read.
Meanwhile, police services in Ontario are starting to field complaints about gamers using their phones.
The Greater Sudbury Police have found drivers and pedestrians being distracted by the app, creating an increased collision risk, a spokeswoman told the Sun.
Representatives from Toronto, Peel and York Police said they weren’t aware of similar concerns locally.
However, Ontario’s minister of transportation weighed in with a Pokémon-related message for people on foot trying to “catch ‘em all.”
“Don’t be a pidgeot. Look where you’re walking and keep your head up when crossing the street,” Del Duca said on Twitter.
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Auschwitz memorial says playing 'Pokemon Go' not allowed
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 01:53 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 02:08 PM EDT
WARSAW, Poland -- The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum says it does not allow people to play Pokemon Go on their smartphones during visits to the former German death camp because it is "disrespectful."
Museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The Associated Press on Wednesday that its authorities are asking game producers to exclude the site of the former Nazi German death camp from games.
He said allowing such games to be active on the authentic grounds of the former death camp is "disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels and it is absolutely inappropriate."
The museum is a site of commemoration for the estimated 1.1 million people killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau and to the survivors who suffered as camp inmates. Most of the victims were European Jews who perished in the gas chambers, but there were also Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and others.
Pokemon Go is a hugely popular new reality game that uses GPS and allows players to search locations in the real world to find virtual little creatures.
Earlier in the day the Auschwitz memorial wrote on Twitter: "Do not allow playing #PokemonGO on the site of our Memorial and similar places. It's disrespectful on many levels."
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'Pokemon Go' nude selfies? Of course it's a thing
First posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 01:35 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 01:51 PM EDT
It didn't take long to make the latest gaming fad X-rated.
Naughty gamers caught up in the Pokemon Go craze have taken to
posting nude selfies
, featuring Pokemon characters in suggestive places.
The new game allows players to take photos with their phones as they hunt for virtual Pokemon characters in the real world.
The biggest star in the nude selfie trend is a phallic-looking Pokemon called Diglett, who has shown up in several pics, strategically placed you-know-where.
The trend has gotten so far as to get its own sub-category on Reddit.
The Peekanude selfies are just the latest in a string of controversies since Pokemon was launched in the U.S. and other select countries last week. It's not available in Canada yet.
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