No ban, but concerns over Pokémon Go players in Des Moines is growing

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From our sister site The Waterland Blog:


A large group of Pokémon Go players congregate in the crowded marina parking lot and pier around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2016 (click image to see larger version). Photo by Diane Towne.

Despite rumblings from nearby condominium residents and those living on-board boats at the Des Moines Marina, there is no thought about trying to ban the new Pokémon Go game in Des Moines – even if there was a realistic way to do so.

Assistant Des Moines City Manager Michael Matthias says the city has asked the game maker – Niantic Corp. of San Francisco – to cut down on the number of Pokémon Go “Pokestops” and virtual critters to be found by smartphones near and around the marina, one of the hottest Pokémon spots in the region.

He and several citizens living in the area have complained of trash and garbage piling up from the uncharacteristic number of new and absorbed visitors walking with heads down and eyes focused on their phone screens. Some claim that people have walked out in front of their moving cars, and the marina parking lot has been jammed full on the recent warm summer evenings.

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6 Responses to “No ban, but concerns over Pokémon Go players in Des Moines is growing”
  1. Question Authority says:

    Get a real life you lunatics, and probably a job as well. The brain washing has begun.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Well those dam whipper snapper’s and darn electronic contrapments. Couldn’t they just sit still and be quite.

    No they have to run around catching thing ma bobbers and fart monsters talking to other people oh my it’s like there brain dead zombies.

  3. FEISTY says:

    Cool ….Thanks for the INFO great advertising for the Pokemon Peeps

  4. HML says:

    It would be nice if they could have quiet enjoyment days at the parks. I used to go to parks to appreciate nature and that become impossible at Marina Park.

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