I am not entirely sure what Pokeman is. Not my generation. However, apparently this is now a thing you do with your mobile phones, rather like geocaching. I heard one talking TV head praise it because at least it got young people outside for a while.
Even as I am typing this out, I had an SMS from a priest that some nitwit designated his parish as a place as a “gym” to do this Pokeman thing. People are now trespassing here and there on parish property. There was a group “training” in the “gym”. They were drinking. The police helped them to leave. He even had someone wander into Mass with his nose buried in his smartphone. “I don’t want to be liable for some underage person drinking and then falling off a wall and breaking his or her arm.”
This new thing could be a serious annoyance with legal ramifications.
QUAERITUR: Is there any benefit that can come from it for “evangelization”?
I rather doubt it, since the players will also probably have ear buds in and will be oblivious to context and decorum.
Arlington Cemetery tweeted: “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.”
That said, back when I was a seminarian in Rome I was involved with a Gregorian chant schola. I persuaded the rector of the basilica where I was assigned for weekends to let them sing at Sunday Mass. He was skeptical, but he acquiesced. There was nothing to lose, since there were generally about 4 people in church for Mass. Since the basilica is along a tourist route, we left the doors open. People wandered in. They heard the music. They stayed. Slowly but surely regular attendance at Sunday Mass grew. The point is, once they were inside the place, there was something to get their attention. (As an aside, the rector thought it was his preaching. The choir politely smiled.)
Meanwhile, my priest friend writes: “If I was programming it, I’d make sure all the wandering included the center lane of the closest interstate. Don’t these chuckleheads have a job? Society has its bread and circuses while everything collapses.”
Father is clearly annoyed.
So, ….Pokeman on your stoopid phone.
I received a note:
I cannot say how responsive the company is on this issue, but they do have a form available to report a Pokemon Go location that is on private property:
nianticlabs.com/hc/en-us/ requests/new?ticket_form_id= 319928