If you've spent any time downtown over the past couple of weeks, you've seen them. Stumbling around in packs, looking down at their phones, constantly nearly tripping over the walking dogs of downtown residents. They are the Pokemon Go zombies and they are overrunning any area with enough landmarks to make itself a game destination.
Because the game pushes people to explore areas with which they are unfamiliar and compromises their awareness of their surrounding, local police agencies and cities have gone out of their way to provide warnings and tips to prospective Pokemon trainers.
1. DART police want you to know what happens if you don't look up at its train crossings. — "Pokemon Go: You Can't Play if You're Dead" reads a warning sent to DART riders this week.
Contrary to what some parents may say to their kids, playing Pokémon Go isn't fatal. But the distractions caused by the addictive augmented reality game can put your life in jeopardy when searching for stops around transit.
Several DART and TRE locations are Pokestops. But remember, we built the system for people and vehicles used to get them where they need to go, not for a game. We want you to be safe when using transit.
Enjoy your game. But when you're at a DART or TRE facility, stop, look up, unplug and live.
Thanks for riding.
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3. Arlington's got an annotated guide to finding Pokemon in its city parks. — It's called Parkemon, and there's a hashtag.
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4. The Dallas Arboretum has sold its soul to Pikachu. — The Dallas Arboretum has gone bat crap crazy for Pokemon Go. There's a group discount for players, patches of flowers commemorating the game's three teams and a trainer's lounge on the property with free Wi-Fi and a place to charge one's phone. Wednesday night, the Arboretum had one of its resident flora experts, Megan Proska, lead a tour of the grounds highlighting some of the best spots to catch Pokemon and some of the real life plants that inspired them.
5. Plano police are dealing with excess "suspicious person calls" caused by the game — Plano police Public Information Officer Dale Tillery was forced to take to NextDoor — the neighborhood-based social network for middle-aged people — in an attempt to explain just what was going on with Pokemon Go, which he describes as "basically a scavenger hunt." The Plano Police department, he explains, has gotten a few suspicious person calls about people who turned out to just be playing the game.