Pokémon GO – The Madness Spreads
Well the world seems to be going crazy for Pokémon GO at present, myself included. I must admit the first thing I did today when I woke up was reach for my phone and log into the game. I ended up catching a Drowzee in my bedroom which came as a surprise to me. So much for me trying to temper my smart phone “addiction”. Just five days after the release of Pokémon GO, the Nintendo Corporation is enjoying a $7.5 billion increase in their market value. The game itself is certainly gaining a lot of media attention as well as traction with the player base, despite performance issues and bugs. I hope that Niantic release an updated client soon with various fixes.
Although I applaud the notion of encouraging gamers to venture outdoors and exercise, it would seem that many of the problems that I and others pointed out last week, have indeed manifested themselves. PokéStops and Gyms are at times in inappropriate locations. Health and safety issues have also been raised over players pursuing their quarry. Sadly it’s the human factor that is the most upsetting and problematic. Stories have emerged of players behaving poorly in sensitive places such as cemeteries, churches and even the Holocaust Museum in Washington. The fact that some people don’t seem to have any grasp of social etiquette, decorum and old fashioned good manners both worries and angers me. Here are a few examples (and yes I know not everyone is an asshole but guess what, they’re far more than you think!)
However, it is not all doom and gloom. The Pokémon Company has since clarified that there is a system in place for buildings and businesses to be delisted from the game. "PokéStops and Gyms in Pokémon Go are found at publicly accessible places such as historical markers, public art installations, museums and monuments," a Pokémon Company spokesperson said. "If you want to report inappropriate locations or content, please submit a ticket on the Pokémon GO Support website https://support.Pokémongo.nianticlabs.com." In the meantime, let us hope that at least some of the offending individuals reflect upon the situation and moderate their behaviour.