The Strangest Places Pokemon Go Is Sending its Players
A few PokeStops from my neighborhood. What on earth is a “historic bathroom”?
Pokemon Go is the best mostly-broken game I’ve ever played. It crashes in the middle of battles. There are constant server issues. It’s a menace to my health and well-being that has burrowed itself into my heart like a blood clot. But as the game claws its way to usability, players are realizing that Niantic did a really half-assed job setting up the in-game locations, and Pokemon Go is sending people to some really strange places.
Aside from wandering around to catch monsters, the game involves walking to “gyms” and “PokeStops”, which are where Pokemon battle each other and where items are collected, respectively. Gyms and PokeStops are supposed to be linked to local landmarks. The trouble is that Niantic imported these “landmarks” from their earlier game, Ingress, where those locations were created and tagged by players, and seemingly never reviewed before becoming an integral element of a game for children.
Aside, of couse, from the incident in which a Wyoming teen found a dead body while playing the game, many of these locations are irrelevant, bizarre, or borderline offensive, and players are beginning to catalog them on Tumblr, Twitter, and Reddit’s r/TheSilphRoad. Compiled below are the strangest PokeStop locations people are claiming to have come across. They’ve been verified against the Ingress game map wherever possible. Leave your own examples in the comments.