Poke­mon play­ers swarm NPT

The Myanmar Times - - News - SWAN YE HTUT swanye­htut@mm­times.com

UP­PATAS­ANTI Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw’s Pob­bathiri town­ship has been packed with Poke­mon Go play­ers – so much so that at clos­ing time, se­cu­rity uses mega­phones to get the play­ers to leave, pho­tog­ra­phy teacher U Aung Myin told The Myan­mar Times.

“They come to find the ball that is used for cap­tur­ing Poke­mon,” he said. “On the Poke­mon Go map, the area shows up as the 1000 Women Pagoda.”

About 50 peo­ple are there in their cars or mo­tor­cy­cles at any given time, he said, adding that even the passersby are in­ter­ested.

“They see all the peo­ple play­ing the game, as­sume there has been a crime and start gath­er­ing around,” U Aung Myin said.

The game lets smart­phone users cap­ture the lit­tle an­i­mated mon­sters – which show up in GPS-tagged lo­ca­tions – then “train” them and use them to bat­tle other play­ers. It has been an in­ter­na­tional phe­nom­e­non since its launch in July.

“Foun­tain Gar­den’s clock tower has one Pokestop, Sky Place Ho­tel’s cof­fee bar has one Pokestop, the area around Up­patas­anti Pagoda has two Pokestops and a gym,” U Aung Myin said. “There are peo­ple who play the game in those places all day. I think there are a few peo­ple at Sky Place. They go to the shop­ping cen­tres and ho­tel zones to cap­ture Poke­mon.”

All ages and classes play the game in those ar­eas, he said, pulling their ve­hi­cles over when their phones start vi­brat­ing. – Trans­la­tion by San Layy

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