Wrong places to find Pokemons

Wrong places to find PokemonsReleased last week, the game is currently only available in the US, Australia and New Zealand. But people all over the world keen to get their hands on a copy of the game, which is free to download and has some paid-for features, can still do so.

Pokémon Go is already wildly popular and the thousands of downloads of the game have sent Nintendo's shares soaring. However, there have been some unintended consequences of the success of the game that encourages users to walk around their area collecting Pokémon.

Four savvy armed robbers in the US lured unsuspecting players to a remote car park to rob them, while in another incident a US player stumbled across a dead body. Australian police also felt the need to warn users to make sure they look up from their phones when playing to cross roads.

Many of the world's most famous and solemn memorial sites are facing a surge of visitors who can't seem to look away from their smartphones – because they're catching Pokémon.

Following the release of the wildly popular app Pokémon Go, places like the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and former concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland have had to ask visitors to refrain from playing the game while on-site.

"Allowing such games to be active on the site of Auschwitz Memorial is disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels," Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the Auschwitz memorial, told the New York Times. Sawicki said that the game's makers – Niantic Inc – have been contacted in hopes that they will "not to allow the site of Auschwitz Memorial and other similar sites to be included in the game."

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has asked people not to play Pokemon Go on their phones during their visit. A spokesman for the museum in Washington said that playing the game inside a memorial to victims of Nazism was "extremely inappropriate". The Arlington National Cemetery, just three miles away from the museum, has also warned off Pokemon players.

In addition, the museum Tweeted on Tuesday, "We welcome & encourage visitors to use technology to engage w/our exhibitions & programs while being respectful of our role as a memorial."

There has been no response yet from game developers Niantic Labs on whether it could stop Pokemon creatures from appearing inside memorial places.
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