The Auschwitz museum is warning against playing “games” on premises, following similar pleas to Pokemon GO fans from international memorial institutions. Nathan Frandino reports.
AS the Pokémon craze sweeps across Adelaide sending players to the most unlikely places, authorities are reminding people to respect the dead.
Cemeteries across Adelaide are experiencing an increase in Pokémon “trainers” visiting memorial gardens and gravestones hoping to capture virtual creatures including Pikachu, Charmander and Squirtle.
RSL South Australia has asked Pokémon Go players to be mindful while catching Pokémons at public war memorials.
“While we love the fact that you are observing the memorials which have PokeStops (almost all of them do across North Terrace and at the Torrens Parade Ground in Adelaide), please be aware that the memorials help us remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Please be mindful of this as you go to “Catch ‘em all!!!” RSL SA wrote on its Facebook account.
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A spokesman for the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority, which manages West Tce, Cheltenham, Enfield and Smithfield cemeteries welcomed Pokémon trainers to their grounds but asked players to watch where they walked and to show respect to those who were grieving and visiting the dead.
“We have certainly had an increase in activity, particularly around the (Enfield) mausoleum,” said.
“Apparently it’s a Pokémon gym. It’s nice to see … people enjoying the cemetery.”
It is believed that users head to cemeteries and churches because they think there are more ghost Pokémon there.
Adelaide Zoo has also embraced the craze and released school holidays Pokémon Go map for families to discover more than 100 virtual creatures hidden among the venue.
The zoo’s Elephant House is also home to a Pokémon gym — where users can virtually battle their Pokémon against others.
Adelaide Zoo spokesman Russell Schrale said the zoo was expected to see an increase in ticket sales during the promotion.
”By embracing this global trend we’ve also been able to connect to visitors that don’t come to the zoo frequently, with groups such as international students being a good example of this,” he said.
“Of course, we hope people will look up from their phones to see our beautiful animals which call Adelaide Zoo home.”
Joshua Duff, 23, of Mitchell Park said his visit to the zoo turned into a hunt for Pokémon.
“It’s cool the zoo is jumping on board with Pokémon Go, it’s a good way to attract more people but I hope it doesn’t detract from the real experience here to see the real animals,” he said.
In New South Wales two motorists were busted playing the game while driving and 300 players were pelted with water bombs in Sydney’s inner west after residents grew tired of gamers congregating outside their apartment building.
SA Police said they had no reports of people playing the game while driving.
Hilarious woman freaks out as she gets stuck in graveyard while playing Pokemon Go. Courtesy: denial007