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Pokemon soldiers




Yes, there are still people playing Pokémon Go, a mobile game app released in 2016 that involves catching virtual characters appearing on a device screen by throwing balls at them.

There was a surge in the number of suspects being apprehended for wandering into restricted army areas in Canada in the summer after the app’s launch prompting the armed forces to issue a public notice warning players not to venture onto military bases.

At the entrance to the CFB Borden in Ontario, one woman was caught playing Pokemon Go while her three children were climbing over tanks. A man separately arrested at CFB Borden explained he was just collecting points playing Pokemon Go and told officers: “I have to beat my kids.”

Initially, it puzzled the Canadian military, according to internal documents obtained by Canadian public television channel CBC.

Later, military officials realized that Pokemon characters “appear” in restricted army facilities.

“Plse advise the Commissionaires that apparently Fort Frontenac is both a PokeGym and a PokeStop,” Major Jeff Monaghan at Canadian Forces Base Kingston wrote in one of the documents.

The gym and stop are where players can obtain items like coins. A player has to spend time in the two places to earn virtual money.

“I will be completely honest in that I have no idea what that is,” he said in a message among the nearly 500 pages of military documents obtained by CBC under an access to information request.

At least three military police officers, at different bases across the country, were assigned to wander around army facilities with phones and notebooks in hand to search for virtual Pokemon infrastructure and characters.

“We should almost hire a 12-year-old to help us out with this,” wrote security expert David Levenick at CFB Borden.

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