Pokemon Go Invades Holocaust Memorial
July 18, 2016 – “Pokemon Go,” the newest addition to a sprawling media empire encompassing comics, video and trading card games, animated series and movies is breaking records and, counterintuitively, getting people to actually interact with the outside world. The wildly popular game uses GPS data from a player’s smartphone to lead them on a virtual scavenger hunt to “catch” rare Pokemon like “Squirtle” and “Jigglypuff.”
Players are invited to explore real world locations in search of their favorite Pocket Monsters (Pokemon for short). The surging interest in the “augmented reality” game, which has been downloaded over 7.5 million times, is flooding the world’s parks, schools, historical landmarks and other random “PokeStops” with people trying to better equip themselves for their Poke-hunting adventures.
It hasn’t been all fun and games for Go getters. At least one minor traffic crash has been reported with the cause attributed to a distracted Pokemon hunter. Some unlucky players were ambushed by a group of robbers who used the game to lure them to an isolated area. One player’s Poke mission even turned up a fresh corpse instead of a Polliwhirl.