*Midwest Memorial Group, which owns 28 cemeteries including Woodlawn, where Rosa Parks’ gravestone lies, has issued a warning to all “Pokemon Go” users, according to TMZ. Cemetery officials have reportedly asked players to keep off the premises while in their quest to capture a sighting of a ghastly apparition.
The Pokemon search has become disruptive since the game’s launch a few weeks ago, because players have invaded the grounds during funeral services.
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Vibe reports that Woodlawn isn’t the only cemetery to be hit. Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia also issued a statement on Twitter, asking visitors to refrain from playing on the grounds.
“We do not consider playing “Pokemon Go” to be appropriate decorum on the grounds of ANC. We ask all visitors to refrain from such activity,” the official account tweeted.
Rosa Parks Circle is swarming with Pokemon Go players right now. What a time to be alive.
— Joey Skorka (@JoeySkorka) July 10, 2016
Unlike previous “Pokémon” games, “Pokemon Go” is not for Nintendo’s handheld consoles; it’s a free download for Android and iOS devices that mixes real-world elements with the game.
The big thing is Pokémon Go uses your phone’s GPS and clock to decide which Pokémon appear in the game. If you’re at the park, more bug and grass types appear. If you’re by a lake, more water types appear. If it’s night, more nocturnal ghost and fairy types do. So Pokémon won’t just come to you; players have to traverse the real world to catch ’em all. Pokémon Go also has gyms — where you can fight gym leaders — and PokéStops based on real-world locations, which create hubs where players can meet.
“Pokemon Go” is a big deal with this current generation because it’s the first big augmented reality game.