Pokémon Go- Rise of the Zombies?
Justin Bieber searching for Pokémon in central park. Hundreds of people and no one noticed him. I find that terrifying.
A little girl was struck by a car, after catching a pokemon she wanted. A man ran off the road and into a tree. Another struck a parked police car and was caught by the officers body cam.
They are playing Pokémon Go at the Vatican. Searching for Arceus the pokemon god, among the sacred water fountains. People are searching for Pokémon in cemeteries. Swarming Central Park and knocking each other down, to catch a rare whatever. Running into people yards. Criminals have figured out how to lure people to areas where they can be easily robbed or worse, by using the game. Two guys fell off of a cliff, while playing Pokemon and had to be rescued. Numerous accidents.
Pokémon works with Google maps, to place Pokémon that match your terrain. There are also Pokémon stops that Google is allowed to be placed at Monuments and parks. Businesses can purchase the stops, to draw customers. One gentleman who lives in a refurbished church, is now finding people playing the game using his home as a Pokemon Stop. He has no idea how to remove his home from gameplay.
Pokémon Go stops apparently include Nuclear power facilities, schools, The Church of Scientology, The White House, hospitals, cemeteries, and public bathrooms.
Let’s also not forget, that the game is able to track your every movement. Your personal information isn’t that difficult to access apparently. There been accusations of the game having access to everything on your phone, including documents, e-mails, pictures, etc. That causes surveillance issues, but also imagine how simple it would to hack, for someone who knew what they were doing.
I’m not going to lie. I can see how this new game would be addictive. Especially to the Generation X that grew up watching the cartoon as a child. I can see how it is getting people out of the house and even interacting with each other.
But I also see this as a type of indoctrination, to get people used to the advancing technology. Interacting with robots and holograms, for example. And the normalization of constant surveillance, of course.
What scares me the most I believe, is seeing hundreds of people walking around playing a game, completely oblivious to the world around them. So distracted by catching a Pokemon, they don’t notice a car in front of them, much less their rights being removed.
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