Pokemon Go Attracts Tourists in Rome, Danger in England
Photo via NBC News
The constant pursuit of Pokémon continues around the world with many hitting famous landmarks as well as beaches that pose dangers to those with head firmly concentrated on smartphone.
First we take a look at how Arcanines and Zubats are faring at Rome’s iconic Colosseum.
In the following video from NBC News, we see droves of tourists far more entranced by the virtual monsters lurking on their smartphones than they were to the man-made masterpiece just hanging out in the background.
At least we can say ancient landmarks still get a little love thanks to the new video game.
Feel free to play Go while traveling. In all seriousness, it’s not what we might do, but please do what makes you happy.
With that said, please, and we have to stress this point, be aware of your surroundings.
The Guardian reports a group of players managed to get themselves stranded by the tide in Somerset after playing Pokémon Go caused them to meander into a dangerous predicament.
The report explains how things can spiral out of control quickly when you are in a treacherous place such as the dilapidated pier on Birnbeck Island.
Lifeboat crew member Chris Lyons spoke with The Guardian and explained just how dangerous a seemingly innocuous game can become: “In Weston the tide comes in so quickly, in seconds you can be in life-threatening danger. Please, if you do see a Pokémon either on the rocks or in the muddy areas of Weston bay, don’t put yourself into a position where you could become stuck. The water is unforgiving; it doesn’t give you a second chance whereas a game will.”
We have previously reported on the game and its ability to invigorate the travel landscape. At its core, it gets people out and wandering the expanse of the world.
We are happy to see a game encourage so many to walk around the neighborhood and even streets they might not be familiar with – it motivates the less traveled to see the world.
However, the above stories just prove you should poke your head up from the game a lot more often to make sure you are safe, sound and not missing something important.
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