In St. Louis, police say robbers waited near attractive digital spots to rob players engrossed in the game. Another man who lives in a former church says his home, now also a Pokestop, has become a digital magnet for “Pokemon Go” players, who sometimes block his driveway and passing traffic as they pull over to stare at their phones.
A 21-year-old player in Forest Grove, Oregon, even shrugged off a stab wound to continue his gaming. He approached a stranger on the street and asked him if he was playing too, police say. The other man then stabbed him. Police say the player described his attacker, refused treatment and continued on his Pokemon hunt.
Phoenix police are telling people not to trespass while playing the game. New York’s subway is warning people not to jump onto the tracks to chase digital “Rattatas”. The National Safety Council implored players not to play and drive.
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC called playing the game inside its walls “extremely inappropriate” and is trying to remove itself from the game.
Todd Richmond, a director at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California, says a big debate is brewing over who controls digital assets associated with real world property.