Man’s home mistakenly set as Pokémon gym, huge problems arise


source: www.theverge.com

One man’s home in Massachusetts has been mistakenly set as a gym in the hugely successful augmented-reality game, Pokémon Go.

Pokémon Go designates certain locations like restaurants, plazas, theaters, actual gyms, churches, and so on, as Poké Stops and gyms in-game. That’s where this problem stems from, you see; Boon Sheridan and his wife live in an old church.

source: techradar.com

source: techradar.com

The church was converted into their private living space, but Pokémon Go doesn’t seem to have taken that into account. As a result, Pokémon Trainers by the bunch are being brought to the Boon residence, to battle and train. Just see for yourself…

https://twitter.com/boonerang/status/751849519407595520

https://twitter.com/boonerang/

Fascinating, indeed. Apparently, Sheridan is attempting to correct the Poké Stop, as it really doesn’t have any business in being where he lives. So far, he can’t; Poké Stops, for the time being, can only be reported if they represent a physical risk to the well-being and safety of the players. Don’t worry – Sheridan seems safe enough, too.

https://twitter.com/boonerang/status/752086077729570816

https://twitter.com/boonerang/

In the meantime, Sheridan is live-tweeting the proceedings as they occur. It’s quite entertaining…

Sheridan is actually making the most of it, and is trying to turn his home into a sort of “hub” by the sounds of it. Players, of course, won’t actually be entering his home; they don’t need to. They’ll be going right outside it, though. He’s planning on having signs and lights that represent which team holds the gym currently, and so on.

https://twitter.com/boonerang/status/751851598087872512

https://twitter.com/boonerang/

Not to say he isn’t a little worried, too. Having your home become an “attraction” in a virtual world can implicate more than a few things. He’s asking the right questions, like the following:

https://twitter.com/boonerang/status/751983639781597188

https://twitter.com/boonerang/

Whatever the weather, we hope Sheridan finds peace soon. Until then, show him some love!

If you’ve found yourself drawn in by the augmented-reality game too, you might be wondering a few things. Here’s a comprehensive guide for Pokémon Go, a way for you to massively reduce your battery and data consumption, and for those who haven’t played it yet – how to catch a Pikachu at the start of the game.

source: mirror.co.uk

source: mirror.co.uk

And as always – stay safe out there, Trainers. Be wary of people like this, travel in groups, at reasonable hours, and don’t stray too far off the beaten path.