|The Netherlands brought Niantic Labs, makers of Pokémon Go, to court over their failure to stop players flocking to protected beaches. The problem is that thousands of Pokémon hunters have crowded the beaches of Kijkduin, south of the Hague, because hundreds of the game’s most popular monsters show up there every day. Their volume has caused concern over the potential damage to the protected dunes in the nearby area.
As a result, the Netherlands authorities now want to ban these small virtual animals in protected areas and in the streets at nighttime. They claim they had been trying to contact the game developers for 6 weeks now, but without success. The municipality had no other choice but to go to court. The case will be heard in the Hague on 11 October. If the virtual creatures are banned nighttime, there will be less trouble for the Kijkduin residents and the damage to protected areas will be limited, although the place will remain attractive for Pokémon hunters.
In the meantime, the Pokémon Company, which licenses the franchise, explained that the developers were processing all the requests to withdraw Pokémon Go from certain areas or to add new pokestops where gamers can collect virtual goods. For example, in the most recent update, they withdrew the Hiroshima and Berlin Holocaust memorials from the game. The former concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland was also asked to withdraw from Pokémon Go. Pokémon hunters were banned from entering the Cambodian genocide museum and warned not to venture into the Fukushima disaster zone.
Pokémon Go has also been banned in Iran. Taiwan authorities have fined hundreds people for playing the game while driving, and Pentagon employees were told to play outside the US military command center.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
|If they can't even contact the game developers how they hell can they run a country?|
|posted by (2016-10-06 13:34:30)|
|Basically, the developer has been ignoring them is what it comes down to.|
And trust me they run things a whole lot better there than most other places in the world.
|posted by (2016-10-07 01:25:14)|
|people should be free to wander anywhere they want, whether to hunt or to visit :v|
|Sorry b1OX, Can't agree with you there... If we don't protect some of the natural areas, then everything will just turn to crap and then we won't have anything of beauty to enjoy. So...nope...some freedoms should be limited...|
|am from holland and it is a big problem over here|
|posted by (2016-10-09 22:04:41)|
|I totally agree with PsyberWolf, although not with the part "some freedoms should be limited". Freedom doesn't mean "damn the consequences", this is more about individual responsibility and conscience : if people would only stop acting like frickin' LEMMINGS and pause to think about what they're doing, this wouldn't happen.||
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