I think something needs to be said about the video game Poke´mon Go which has captured Palmerston North (and the whole world) by storm.
It is one thing for a person to sit at home and watch Poke´mon cartoons if that is their choice (as a committed Christian, I am opposed to the content and philosophy of Poke´mon). It is quite another thing for a person, for the sake of ‘‘fun’’, to start playing video games on their smartphones that require the invasion of another individual’s personal space.
I do not feel comfortable with the thought of living in Palmerston North and seeing groups of people with eyes glazed over their cellphones looking for cartoon pocket monsters in my home or backyard. Such things might not make people feel secure in their own homes.
In addition, this game has been linked to assaults, sexual assaults, , attempted murders, and realworld injuries such as traffic accidents overseas.
I believe that the Chief Censor of New Zealand should ban this game on the grounds that it invades other people’s privacy and interferes with the real world activities of people in places such as The Square who have no interest in playing Poke´mon Go and every interest in shopping and getting on with their lives, and also for the harm that it is creating in Western society.
There is no reason why virtual reality should clash with the real world to create havoc for others.
Joshua Riddle, Shannon