A 27-year-old in Indonesia was recently arrested for trespassing after wandering onto a military base while aimlessly playing Pokémon Go.
According to a report from The Guardian, Romain Pierre on Monday somehow made his way into a military complex in Cirebon. When approach by guards, he did the only sensible thing – ran for his life. Needless to say, trying to outrun military personnel didn’t exactly work.
A spokesperson said Pierre was released a few hours later once it became apparent that he unintentionally entered the complex while jogging and hunting for Pokémon nearby.
I’m not sure if the story speaks more to the guy's lack of situational awareness or the military complex for allowing someone to breach its perimeter by sheer accident but I digress.
As you’ve no doubt noticed, behavior like this isn’t uncommon with some Pokémon Go players. Since its debut earlier this month, we’ve heard reports of people being robbed, crashing vehicles and even falling off cliffs while traversing with their mobile device glued to their face.
It’s an incredible phenomenon and one that Nintendo desperately needed. In my short amount of time on this planet, however, I can’t think of a single game or product launch that has caused this much hysteria so quickly.
Readers of a certain age will no doubt remember the launch of Windows 95, Beanie Babies and Tickle Me Elmo as being massive retail launches but even then, I don’t think they permeated multiple demographics the way Pokémon Go has. And with the global rollout still underway, I suspect stories related to the game will only grow more unimaginable over the coming weeks.
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