Pokemon Go, the hugely popular gaming app released in Android and iOS handheld devices, has been prompting gamers to step out of their homes and take a walk (or hike, in some cases) around their vicinity in search of Pokemon monsters to capture and train.
In case you?ve been living under a rock for the past few days, Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game that incorporates the user?s real-world surroundings into the mobile game through the smartphone?s camera. Simply put, it means that these virtual creatures pop up on your smartphone?s screens as you explore the world around you. Depending on your mood, you can capture, train, or battle these Pokemons or other Pokemon trainers like you.
But there?s one place in Australia that isn?t too delighted with the Pokemon Go.
Last Wednesday, The Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services in Darwin City, Australia posted on its Facebook page a tongue-in-cheek warning to Pokemon Go gamers. Apparently, the police station is represented in the game as a Pokestop, where free item drops and Pokeballs can be found.
?For those budding Pok?mon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go ? whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pok?stop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the Pok?balls.?
The Facebook post also came with a friendly reminder for Pokemon Go gamers, who seem to be so hooked on the game that they already forget about road safety, especially when crossing streets.
?It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.
?Stay safe and catch ’em all!?
In a statement, the spokesman of The Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services said that he and his colleagues have already tried the Pokemon Go app?themselves to find out if one really has to enter the station premises to obtain the free items.
?Our resident Pok?mon Master was furiously refreshing the app store waiting for the game and once it was discovered the local police station was a Pok?stop, we put Officer Jenny on the case.
?She was kind enough to test it out for us, to make sure people didn’t have to flood the foyer to stand in front of the painting that is featured. In fact, it?s possible to gain the bounty from the other side of the street. No sights of Growlith yet, but we are holding out hope.?
Isn?t it nice to live in a neighborhood wherein the police are just as pleasant and relatable as the ones in this Australian city?
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