Pokémon Go has exploded since its release last week, bringing millions to the streets to catch 'em all.
The game has become the top grossing app in the app store and caused some adventures: A few
trainers have been mugged
, one found a dead body
and other gamers just can't believe how much they're exercising
On the UA campus many students (dare I say hundreds?) can be found roaming the mall and University Boulevard, staring into their phones and searching for Pokémon. The app, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, has become a cultural phenomenon.
That's all fine and good, but there are a few places everyone should agree to put away their Pokéballs—for instance, every memorial in existence.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has asked visitors to stop catching Pokémon on their premises, out of respect for the memorial.
“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” Andrew Hollinger, the museum’s communications director, told the Washington Post. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.” While the game has inadvertently caused many people to exercise as they hunt for eevee, pidgey and rattata, the game has also caused many people to forget their surroundings.
Similar reports have come from the 9/11 Memorial
and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
To all the trainers out there: The search for Pikachu may be important, but don't let it cause you to forget about the rest of the world.
In fact, take some time to explore the parts of Tucson you're following Pokémon to without
your phone in hand.