Pokemon no-go: Where the gamers are not welcome

Published August 16th, 2016 - 04:00 GMT
Several significant locations around the world have already made efforts to ban Pokemon Go hunters. (File photo)
Several significant locations around the world have already made efforts to ban Pokemon Go hunters. (File photo)

Pokemon Go gamers seem to know no boundaries when it comes to looking for the game's virtual monsters with their smartphones. 

Despite warnings about trespassing being added in the game's latest update, the prospect of nabbing rare Pokemon and visiting additional pokestops has brought countless people to turn historic sites into an augmented gaming world.

Many security officials and authorities at historical sites have appealed to the game's California-based developers Niantic Labs to delete sensitive locations from the app.

Meanwhile several significant locations around the world have already made efforts to ban Pokemon Go hunters.

Germany: Former Nazi concentration camps such as Dachau and Flossenbuerg want to be taken out of the game's map.

The German Armed Forces have also asked for their military grounds to be a Pokemon-free zone. Areas such as barracks, training grounds and shooting ranges are not playgrounds, said a spokesman of the German Ministry of Defence. 

Japan: Pokemon Go hunters in Japan meanwhile have not restrained themselves from looking for little monsters at the memorials for the nuclear bomb victims in Nagasaki and Hiroshima. 

City administrators have also had enough. They have demanded the app's game makers remove the peace memorials from the game. 

"The peace park is not a place for gamers," said a city representative in Nagasaki ahead of the commemoration of the anniversary of the United States dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

United States: The Holocaust Museum and the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. are also fighting waves of Pokemon Go hunters. 

Authorities have appealed through Twitter that visitors behave with respect and refrain from playing the game while visiting the historical sites. 

Saudi Arabia: The kingdom is entirely against the notion of hunting for Pokemon Go's virtual monsters. The country's highest Islamic institution confirmed a recent legal finding that the game should be banned throughout the entire country, according to Arab News.

Saudi Arabia's standing committee for legal affairs found that Pokemon Go was a form of gambling, which is categorically banned in Islamic society.

Israel: The country has banned Pokemon Go from all Israeli embassies around the world.

Searching for Pokemon is also been banned on military bases and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Due to security aspects, we must be careful," said a spokesman.


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