Pokemon Go and the Holocaust

 

For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past week, Pokemon Go is a VR game that encourages you to go out into the real world to catch the eternally popular pocket monsters.

The game has been released in the UK,which is a relief because if the pound keeps falling at this rate, going outside to catch animals might be the only way I ‘ll be able to feed my family in about three/six months.

Now, the game has already been responsible for broken bones, the discovery of a dead body and numerous accounts of trespassing in the aid of ‘catching them all.’

There’s even reports of a Pokegym in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, home to snipers, mines, artillery and the worlds best preserved rain-forest (see above as for why)

And yet, the worst story to come out of this noble attempt to deal with the worlds obesity crisis involves the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC.

The problem is simple. The museum is a ‘Pokestop’, a location where players can acquire free in game items, and there are 3 such stops in the museum. There’s even reports that a Koffing- a poison type pokemon that emits clouds of poisonous gas has been appearing next to an auditorium that shows the testimonials of Jews who survived the gas chambers.

Now, the museum has requested that it is removed from the game as according to  Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s communications director “Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,”

And I cant help but agree. There is a place for Pokemon Go- anything that gets people up, active and exploring outside of their usual routines can only be a good thing in my book, but this is one thing that I cannot condone. Especially as people have been coming to the museum specifically to catch Pokemon- barely throwing the exhibitions a glance.

What do you guys think?


 

 

 

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