Memorial comment slammed
The makers of Pokémon Go have been accused of disrespecting Rutherglen’s war dead.
One user was stunned to discover what he thought was an inappropriate description of the war memorial in Rutherglen Cemetery.
A Rutherglen teenager has slammed the video game giant behind Pokemon Go for disrespecting men who fought and died during both world wars.
Andrew Reilly from Burnside was playing the popular mobile phone game last Wednesday evening when he was sitting in his car near Rutherglen Cemetery.
The 17 year old was searching for nearby Pokestops, a virtual shop which enables gamers to collect items such as pokeballs.
Just as he found one at the Rutherglen War Memorial in Mill Street, Andrew was disgusted to see the words “Yes, folk died. It’s war” beneath the title.
The former Stonelaw High pupil told the Reformer: “I was in the car playing the game and it said there was a Pokestop nearby so I clicked to see it. I thought it was in poor taste.
“I showed my mum at the time and she was quite offended by it too.
“It usually says what it is below the title but obviously they are trying to make a joke but it was not very funny.”
He added: “Pokemon Go is making fun of our loved ones that died in the war. It is not an acceptable thing to put in a children’s game.”
On October 16, 1924, thousands watched Colonel JR Gray Buchanan , who lost two sons in World War One, unveil the memorial to those who had fallen.
It was later inscribed in 1939- 1945 to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Second World War.
Andrew, who studies business at college, was congratulated by resident Dorothy Connor, whose father fought in the Second World War, for highlighting the issue .
She said: “I am in a roundabout way pleased that Andrew was shocked as it shows that our young people of today are not as divorced from reality as the makers of this so-called game.
“I wonder about the mentality of the people who put this into a game. Are they so divorced from reality or so ignorant of their own history that they know nothing about the real- life brutality of war and sufferings of millions of those killed and injured and their families?
“On Monday, August 15, as I do every year, I lay flowers at Rutherglen Cenotaph to remember those of the Forgotten Army, of which my father was one, who fought in India and Burma during the Second World War.
“Fortunately he came home but hundreds of thousands of others, many of them from this town, were killed, injured or taken prisoner and tortured by the Japanese.”
Niantic, developer of the game app, were contacted for comment but they had not responded by the time the Reformer went to print.
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