Does Pokemon Go go too far?

@CRK109 (14465)
United States
August 11, 2016 11:16am CST
Back in 2003, a local nightclub had a horrific fire that killed 100 people. The fire was later attributed to negligence of the nightclub owners for not keeping the building safer when bands like Great White performed there and used pyrotechnics. Since the fire, the site of the nightclub has become a memorial site for family members and friends of the dead to come and pray and visit. A permanent memorial is in the works to be put on that same site. Recently, however, the memorial site has become a playground for Pokemon Go players. Survivors of the fire as well as friends and family members of those hurt, killed and/or survived have submitted complaints and are trying to have the site removed from the game in order to restore the site to its respectful and quiet nature. Do you think the makers of the game have gone too far? I don't play the game so I don't know what to think at this point. If someone is visiting a memorial site to remember a loved one and suddenly people are running through the area trying to catch a pokemon character, I can see where that would be upsetting. -Claudia- image from pixabay
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@akalinus (15096)
• United States
11 Aug 16
Yes, I believe they went too far. There are pokies at military bases, hospitals, private property and homes, cemeteries, and even Area 51. People have been shot while playing it. It causes many accidents both in cars and in walking. It is just a matter of time before people are killed over a blip on a screen.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I do hope something is done so that people can still play the game, if they want, stay safe and still respect those places where they just should not be running around playing a game.
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@akalinus (15096)
• United States
11 Aug 16
@CRK109 They should only have the pokies in public places so that other citizens are not upset too much.
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@jstory07 (66152)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Aug 16
@akalinus That is true they should not knock on people's doors wanting to go into their houses.
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@paigea (22010)
• Canada
11 Aug 16
Yes the creators of the game should not be placing the characters in places where people expect some peace. If I were a player, I would hope I would have the sense to move onto another character instead of intruding in people's yards or in memorial places, etc.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
11 Aug 16
It should be easy to do. However, a lot of children play the game and let's face it - children don't do well with boundaries. So it would behoove the game's programmers to make some changes so that children aren't allowed to go into certain areas.
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@paigea (22010)
• Canada
11 Aug 16
@CRK109 I absolutely agree. It should not be that difficult.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25399)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I think that some of the locations where they play that game are definitely not appropriate. It is disrespectful.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I agree completely.
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• United States
11 Aug 16
I don't play the game, but I think the game does go too far! So many problems with this game by people going to memorial sites, walking off cliffs, getting stabbed, getting hurt, not watching where they're going, and so forth! We are trying to promote not texting driving/not walking with our eyes glued to the phone and this app doesn't help!
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
11 Aug 16
Those are all true. And the fact that more and more children are getting into this game and also getting hurt is very alarming.
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• United States
11 Aug 16
@CRK109 yes! I've seen young kids like 9-15 years old plying and not even paying attention to where they're walking!
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@peavey (16487)
• United States
11 Aug 16
Yes, I think that's too far. What happened to plain and simple respect? There seems to be so little of it any more and it's totally irresponsible of a company to encourage this type of behavior!
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
11 Aug 16
Respect seems to be missing a lot in our world today and I'm not sure why that is. They can still have this game while avoiding places that need to be left alone. It's not like they make money to go into these places.
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@peavey (16487)
• United States
11 Aug 16
@CRK109 I have my theories as to why it is, but that won't change anything. People get carried away by the strangest things.
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@Corbin5 (103333)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I believe the game has gone to far. Homeowners have people playing the game in their yards. The Holocaust Museum had to ask players not to come inside.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I think the game is a great idea. I hope they put some parameters on it to help in these situations.
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@amadeo (64078)
• United States
11 Aug 16
first.I have no interest in this.I have too much going on and do not understand all of the foolishness.
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@jstory07 (66152)
• Roseburg, Oregon
11 Aug 16
When you go into places of business and in to cemeteries than the game as went to far. Other wise the game is good.
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@skysnap (17819)
11 Aug 16
I think it went too far. And in reality game is boring as hell.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I've never played it, but people I know who do play it really enjoy it. But at least they are still respecting boundaries that need to be respected.
@skysnap (17819)
11 Aug 16
@CRK109 yeah as long as they are doing that, it's safe.
@LoriAMoore (4797)
• United States
12 Aug 16
Goodness. They've even been going to Arlington Cemetery, Disrespectful.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 Aug 16
Yes, I'd heard about that and I don't understand why anyone would think that was okay to do.
@Ronrybs (7301)
• London, England
11 Aug 16
I am not much of a computer games player and I am pleased to say this one has passed me by. I've read that some places are crying out for these things to be places at their locations, so you think it wouldn't take much effort to co-ordinate and avoid places important to people
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
11 Aug 16
That's what I thought, too. Programmers should be able to take care of these things pretty easily. But they don't seem to be doing it. And that just makes me wonder....
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@nomus24g (22279)
• India
11 Aug 16
I just dont understand why are people so much crazy about this AR game, they forget their basics
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• New Delhi, India
11 Aug 16
It's funny same time embracing too
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• United States
12 Aug 16
This has been happening a lot and not just on this memorial ground either. You would think the game would have some way to control where the Pokémon are at and wouldn't put them in places like this.
@akp100 (13328)
• India
12 Aug 16
That is upsetting thing. And I guess the makers should take care of such places by not at least putting any character around this. Honestly even I would love to play this game, but they haven't launched it officially in our country. So even I don't know more about its side effects so far.
@epiffanie (10436)
• Australia
12 Aug 16
I really don't like this new crazy game ..
@just4him (113414)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Aug 16
I've heard a lot of stories about the game and the places people go. There are some places where the game should not go out of respect for the purpose of the site involved.
@Drosophila (16717)
• Ireland
11 Aug 16
Unfortunately the game is based on "augmented reality", which is basically a "fantastical" simulation of the street map outside. So ya it is likely cemetery and monorial sites show up as other sites of significance in the virtual world. I guess it's an oversight of the developers not to implement some sort of "censorship" into historically important places. So their peace and tranquillity is not disturbed. However, I do believe it's an oversight and not exactly an intended action of the game.
@DianneN (76154)
• United States
11 Aug 16
I think that is rude and abominable!
@fcmondez (423)
• Quezon, Philippines
11 Aug 16
Yes, I think they should consider a lot of factors before marking a pokemon site. I just played the game this morning and two of the Pokestop are churches. If I were a priest and I see people going to church not to pray but to look for Pokemons, I'll find it really disrespectful. But if these people will take that as an opportunity to stop over to pray as well then I guess it is okay.