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In just seven days since the game was released in the US, Australia and New Zealand, Pokémon Go has now almost certainly exceeded Twitter’s 65 million American users, and the game’s servers have repeatedly crashed under the strain of its popularity.
The sudden success of “Pokémon Go” is introducing consumers to augmented reality, a technology that blends the digital and physical worlds where many in Silicon Valley are placing big bets. Augmented reality displays digital images on a view of the real world, such as Pokémon characters on a city sidewalk. “Pokémon Go” shows digital characters on a smartphone screen, overlaid on the phone’s view of its surroundings.
Even before “Pokémon Go,” many consumers tried a type of augmented reality via Snapchat Inc.’s filters, which overlay masks or dog noses onto users’ faces in their smartphone screens as they take snapshots of themselves. Others are testing the technology. Microsoft Corp. is building an augmented-reality headset called HoloLens.
Google parent Alphabet Inc. ’s Project Tango adds sensors and software to smartphones to make them better augmented-reality devices. Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has said “immersive augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.”
Wall Street Journal
The game, which leads players on a real-word scavenger hunt in which they can view Pokemon characters in virtual reality through their phone’s cameras, is causing some users to find trouble...
In Wyoming, the update of the popular 90s gaming franchise caused a teen player to follow the directions on her phone to a river, where she stumbled on a dead body. “I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water. I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body,” Shayla Wiggins told KTVQ, adding that she cried for about an hour.
In Missouri, a group of armed robbers lured eight players to one of the game’s Pokestops — which is a spot in the real world that shows up on the GPS on the players’ phones that gives them items to catch characters. “Using the geolocation feature of the ‘Pokemon Go’ app, the robbers were able to anticipate the location and level of seclusion of unwitting victims,” Sgt. Bill Stringer of the O’Fallon Police Department said in a statement to Buzzfeed.
A Reddit user noticed there was a trove of Pokéstops in a local cemetery. “All of the graves are Pokestops,” the user TheBatInTheBirdcage wrote on the Pokémon Go subreddit with a photo of the blue floating cubes.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery, both in Washington, DC area, have both issued appeals for players to avoid hunting Pokemon on their sites. "Playing Pokemon Go in a memorial dedicated to the victims of Nazism is extremely inappropriate," said Andy Hollinger, director of communications at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. in a statement sent to CNNMoney.
"We are attempting to have the Museum removed from the game," the statement said. Arlington, the burial ground for the nation's war dead, tweeted out a somber request: "We do not consider playing 'Pokemon Go' to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity."
Other hallowed locations where Pokemon have reportedly been spotted include the Auschwitz museum in Poland, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and monuments in national parks.
Pawel Sawikci, a spokesman for the Auschwitz Memorial, told CNNMoney that he wasn't familiar with the game, but has seen screenshots posted to Twitter of the use of Pokemon Go in Holocaust memorials.
Baker said police responded to a report of a person wandering through a backyard in Gresham recently. By the time the officer arrived, the trespasser was gone, but the surrounding streets were filled with people slowly ambling down the street, necks craned, faces washed in digital blue as they stared at their phones. The same officer said "that on Sunday morning he estimated around 300 people walking around downtown with their phones held up in front of their faces.
Holland residents have complained to police that people are “entering onto their property uninvited in order to achieve levels in the ‘Pokemon Go’ game/app,” according to the Holland Police Department.
"In residential areas with fewer cultural offerings I was loitering in front of houses, holding up my phone to try to catch a Pokémon that appeared on their lawn. I was worried I looked like a weirdo taking pictures of random houses. Some people in the U.S. are already complaining that the app has led to gamers lurking around their homes at all hours."
- CBC Reporter
Boon Sheridan woke up to find that the hugely popular augmented reality game had decided that his house was one of the game’s important gyms. That means that people are rewarded for coming to it in real life – resulting in what he said was dozens of people outside his door.
The game’s gyms are mostly picked using points of information on a map, meaning that areas like parks or churches will usually get the designation. But the app appears to have used an old version of the map, which showed that Mr Sheridan’s house was a church despite not having been for over 40 years.That has meant that a steady stream of people has been showing up to his house since the game became one of the most popular ever released this week. And there appears to be very little he can do about it.
Indepedentedit on 13-7-2016 by rexsblues because: (no reason given)
The Exmore Police Department needs your help. The town in currently infested with Pokemon. If you are capable please come and help us catch them all. It's only with your help that we will be able to stop this infestation.
The Exmore Police Department does everything we can to relate to the public and make ourselves available and approachable,” said Sgt. Jason Campbell.
originally posted by: Tardacus
considering the history of arlington national cemetery it`s ironic that they are concerned with a lack of respect.
The sole reason for putting the cemetery in it`s present location was to desecrate Robert E. lee`s family estate and make it uninhabitable to him and his descendants when the war was over.
originally posted by: mikell
It won't be long before the deaths start to stack up. walking into traffic, more robberies you name it.