U.S. Coast Guard officials are investigating security breaches of the ferry terminal in Edmonds, WA by Pokemon GO players. For those that don’t have a teenager or are otherwise not familiar with the recent phenomenon, Pokemon Go is an online game where “trainers” use a cell phone app to hunt down and capture digital monsters found hiding through the game’s real-world map. “Pokestops” can be found at real world locations, drawing players in the hunt for pokemon and other bonuses.
According to the Coast Guard, one of these “Pokestops” is located at the end of a ferry ramp. This has drawn hundreds of players to the ramp, creating both a security and safety hazard, and resulting in trespassing on federal property. Around the country, “trainers” have been caught playing the game in other less than appropriate places, including, among others, Arlington National Cemetery and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Coast Guard has begun working with Nintendo Corporation, the games developer, on removing game related points of interest from federal sites. Meanwhile, the Pokemon Go craze continues, especially here in New Orleans where an impromptu statue of one of the game’s characters recently appeared in a local park.
Pierce C. Azuma