Tuesday 6 December 2016

Holocaust Museum to Pokémon Go players: ‘please go away’

Adam Boult

Published 13/07/2016 | 07:58

The Holocaust Museum in Washingto DC, where Pokémon Go players have been spotted in recent days Credit: Bloomberg/Justin Sutcliffe
The Holocaust Museum in Washingto DC, where Pokémon Go players have been spotted in recent days Credit: Bloomberg/Justin Sutcliffe

The Holocaust Museum in Washington DC has reportedly been attracting some unwelcome visitors in recent days – gamers playing Pokémon Go, the augmented reality geo-tagging game currently taking much of the world by storm.

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In Pokémon Go a player take the role of a 'trainer', travelling to real locations to ‘catch’ virtual Pokémon that can be found using a smartphone’s GPS and camera.

Since its release in the US last week, players have been gathering in various locations across the country – including, it seems, the museum commemorating the victims of the Nazi genocide.

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According to the Washington Post, the Holocaust Museum is a "PokeStop" within the game — a real-world location where players can pick up virtual in-game items.

“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” said museum spokesman Andrew Hollinger in an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday. "We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”

Hollinger emphasised that the museum is generally keen on visitors using social media to share their experiences on visiting the museum. "But this game falls very much outside that," he added.

The Post notes that, while arguably tactless, the gamers its reporter Andrea Peterson spoke to do not seem to have any malicious intent. “It’s not like we came here to play,” said one. "But gotta catch ‘em all."

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