Northern Territory police remind gamers not to Pokémon Go everywhere

Alex Kidman 7 July 2016

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You might have to catch them all in Pokémon Go, but not down the Darwin cop shop.

Pokémon Go launched yesterday in Australia, offering fans of Nintendo’s long-running Pokémon series the game they’ve been wanting for years. Finally, the opportunity to catch Pokémon in the real world via an AR-assisted app can be yours, although the use of IAP (in-app-purchases) for coins to purchase Pokéballs and other lures may irk some.

The use of AR means that Pokémon could be found anywhere: under your sofa, lurking in the bus on the way to work or in the middle of the road. It would, of course, be a bad idea to lurk in the middle of the road, or for that matter anywhere else that is either dangerous or private property, because your cries of catching a rare Pokémon are unlikely to impress either the ambulance crew or the judge.

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Still, we’ve got to take our Pokémon trainer caps off to the Northern Territory police, who appear to be handling the news that the Darwin Police Station is a Pokéstop with good humour, posting the following on its Facebook page:

They’re being humourous about it, but not everyone will, because while AR gaming can make the world a more interactive place, it doesn’t change the basics of the law with regard to trespass or dangerous behaviour in any real way.

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