Stop playing Pokémon Go, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum asks visitors



A game of Pokémon Go. Credit: Pokémon Go via Wikimedia Commons.

( The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has asked visitors to refrain from playing the popular game “Pokémon Go” after characters from the augmented reality game were found inside the museum.

“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” the museum’s communications director, Andrew Hollinger, told the Washington Post. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”

Pokémon Go, a mobile game based on the popular Nintendo title that was first released in 1996, uses a phone’s GPS and camera to detect Pokémon characters using a technology called “augmented reality,” which mixes the real world and the virtual world. The game has become a global sensation that is on the verge of overtaking Twitter in terms of active users. 

Pokémon figures have also been spotted at other historically sensitive sites such as Auschwitz, the former Nazi death camp in Poland.

Niantic Labs, the company that produced the popular game, has since removed the Pokémon from these types of locations.

“After we were made aware that a number of historical markers on the grounds of former concentration camps in Germany had been added, we determined that they did not meet the spirit of our guidelines and began the process of removing them in Germany and elsewhere in Europe,” Ninatic said in a statement.

Posted on July 12, 2016 .