Pub re­named Poké­mon Arms as gamers swoop

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

A PUB was re­named The Poké­mon Arms af­ter be­ing flooded with play­ers of the Nin­tendo mo­bile phone game which has taken the world by storm.

The Pan­ton Arms in Pen­traeth, Anglesey, is op­po­site a “Pokéstop” where play­ers can col­lect “pokéballs” on their smart­phone – but the area is a mo­bile notspot and the pub’s wifi is cru­cial for play­ers who strug­gle to get a 3G sig­nal.

Land­lord Ed Griffiths, af­ter be­ing egged on by a tech-savvy friend and Poké­mon Go ad­dict, de­cided to re­name the boozer in hon­our of the new cus­tomers – for a few days only. Ed said: “There’s a Pokéstop over the road and one of my mates is mas­sively into Poké­mon.

“We joked we could change the name of the pub into the Poké­mon Arms so we had the sign printed. It’s been a laugh, it’s got a bit of in­ter­est.”

The game sees Poké­mon char­ac­ters ap­pear­ing on streets and at land­marks. The app al­lows play­ers to go about their ev­ery­day life, and their smart­phone will vi­brate to let them know when a Poké­mon is nearby.

Play­ers can then touch the phone’s screen to throw a Pokéball to cap­ture the wild Poké­mon. How­ever the app re­quires a strong mo­bile in­ter­net sig­nal, some­thing which can be rare on Anglesey.

Other Poké­mon hotspots in North Wales in­clude Port­meirion and Caernar­fon, which is said to be a gold­mine for the rare Pikachu.

In fact, the town’s Church Street has be­come so busy res­i­dents have got “sick and tired” of gamers try­ing out the craze, claim­ing they leave lit­ter and block the road with parked cars.

One res­i­dent said up to 50 peo­ple can be seen tap­ping away at their phones through­out the day since the street be­came a hotspot for the game.

Fans of the game were spot­ted play­ing it “in the mid­dle of the A55” at Holy­head, lead­ing po­lice to warn that the busy dual car­riage­way is not a play­ground.

The Pan­ton Arms and its new name (far right)

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