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A North Carolinian city is attempting to remove several Pokémon Go hotspots with concerns that they could be dangerous to the public.

According to news website WRAL, officials for the city of Rocky Mount have expressed that official city property being associated with in-game features like Gyms or PokéStops could be problematic. The city hasn’t reported any incidents occurring at the locations they are urging the public to avoid, but the game could take people around areas like electrical substations, water treatment plants, and more, which the city deems unsafe.

Michael Baughn, one of the city’s property and risk managers, explains the problems that Pokémon Go‘s locational disregard could cause.

“When the game was first released, there wasn’t any mechanism that would allow us to give any feedback to where the stops and gyms should or should not be located. Many of the places the game sends players to are just not safe for the public or for our employees.

“If we could assign where the stops are, I think it could be something the city could entertain, but without knowing where all the stops and gyms are, we cannot do our due diligence as required by law. The safety of our residents and employees is paramount for us.”

There are currently 134 locations around the city being requested for removal which includes all of the city’s parks. If this issue isn’t addressed, it wouldn’t be the first time that the augmented reality game has caused players to go where they shouldn’t.

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Source: WRAL


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Nick didn’t start gaming until mid-2006. Once his parents finally allowed a console into the house, it was all uphill from there. Starting out with a PS2, he grew an affinity for Sony consoles and moved on to the PS3, and now the PS4. He keeps his gaming palette wide, but, gun to his head, he’d have to say shooters are his genre of choice. Find him on Twitter @idole808

North Carolina city attempts to combat the dangers of Pokémon Go

It can be a dangerous world out there for a Pokémon trainer.

By Nick Plessas | 07/28/2016 04:30 PM PT

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A North Carolinian city is attempting to remove several Pokémon Go hotspots with concerns that they could be dangerous to the public.

According to news website WRAL, officials for the city of Rocky Mount have expressed that official city property being associated with in-game features like Gyms or PokéStops could be problematic. The city hasn’t reported any incidents occurring at the locations they are urging the public to avoid, but the game could take people around areas like electrical substations, water treatment plants, and more, which the city deems unsafe.

Michael Baughn, one of the city’s property and risk managers, explains the problems that Pokémon Go‘s locational disregard could cause.

“When the game was first released, there wasn’t any mechanism that would allow us to give any feedback to where the stops and gyms should or should not be located. Many of the places the game sends players to are just not safe for the public or for our employees.

“If we could assign where the stops are, I think it could be something the city could entertain, but without knowing where all the stops and gyms are, we cannot do our due diligence as required by law. The safety of our residents and employees is paramount for us.”

There are currently 134 locations around the city being requested for removal which includes all of the city’s parks. If this issue isn’t addressed, it wouldn’t be the first time that the augmented reality game has caused players to go where they shouldn’t.

Read More

Source: WRAL



About Nick Plessas

view all posts

Nick didn’t start gaming until mid-2006. Once his parents finally allowed a console into the house, it was all uphill from there. Starting out with a PS2, he grew an affinity for Sony consoles and moved on to the PS3, and now the PS4. He keeps his gaming palette wide, but, gun to his head, he’d have to say shooters are his genre of choice. Find him on Twitter @idole808