After the explosion in popularity of the new app Pokémon Go, Washington D.C.’s Holocaust Museum has been forced to ask visitors to please stop trying to catch the virtual monsters inside the museum.
Pokémon Go is an “augmented reality” game, allowing users to interact with the real world while playing with digital creatures. The Holocaust Museum contains three “Pokéstops” in close proximity– locations where users can swipe icons to get the items necessary to heal and capture additional Pokémon– making it an ideal location to go hunting.
That would be enough to irritate the museum curators who seek to maintain a somber atmosphere. But to make things worse, a user posted a now-deleted image online purporting to show the Poison Gas Pokémon Koffing appearing in the museum. Millions of Holocaust victims were of course executed using poisonous gas.
“Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism,” the museum told The Washington Post. “We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game.”
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