The Tribune (NZ) - - COVERSATIONS -

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

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