Game fury

Memo­rial com­ment slammed

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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.

Poke­mon Go is mak­ing fun of our loved ones that died


Poor taste An­drew Reilly was shocked

Poke­mon No The Ruther­glen War memo­rial Pokes­top

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