More than three years after the release of the game and requesting access to information by Canadian broadcaster, 500 pages of documents were released recording the military's reaction to invading players at their bases.
Has the emergence of the Pokémon Go game confused the Canadian military? seeking to understand a sequence of intrusions to its facilities, as shown by recently released internal documents obtained by the country's press.
Following the launch of the smartphone game in 2016, civilians began walking and driving towards military operational bases.
"Please let the Commissioners know that apparently Fort Frontenac (Fort in Ontario) is a PokeGym and a PokeStop," says an e-mail written by a major. "Being completely honest, I have no idea what that is."
The documents have been sent to CBC broadcaster in response to a request for access to public information. Three and a half years later, the Canadian military handed over nearly 500 pages of records to CBC.
In one reported case, two men were in a van heading for an Air Force base near Toronto, just before midnight. A cable confronted the men and found them playing with their cell phones. This was just three days after the application launch.
The game is based on capturing digital monsters generated while the player walks in the real world; There are also landmarks based on real places.
The problem ? did it take a while to appear after release? was that many places designated as pokestops or gyms by the app were not, in fact, public.
"There's a new game out there that has taken off explosively, and it requires people to move to digitally coded places to earn points," wrote a colonel in Petawawa (Ontario) as the military tried to understand the sudden flow of invaders.
"The premise of the game seems to be to go to the 'PokeStops / Gyms' to collect 'Pokémon' (we should hire a 12 year old to help us with that)," wrote a security expert at a Borden base, also in Ontario. .
In another reported incident, a woman was found at Borden base while her three children were climbing tanks from a military museum. Another man there, stopped by police, said: "I have to beat my children (in the game)."
Studying the 'enemy'
As part of the military reaction, at least three different grassroots officers were tasked with playing Pokémon Go in various locations. They also had to make records of the appearances of monsters, gyms and Pokestops.
But the military's correspondence about the game was not just stress. A major from Petawawa wrote that perhaps with this, more people would be interested in visiting the museum at the military base.
In Halifax, Nova Scotia, an office recommended that a Pokestop be added near the museum.
At the time, reports of raids and accidents involving players appeared in various parts of the world.
A month after the game was released, UK police recorded hundreds of incidents involving "Pokémon hunters".
A player in Wyoming has discovered a corpse, while the Pentagon has banned gambling on government-linked cell phones.
Three and a half years after launch, the number of players dropped considerably, but Pokémon Go still retains a large number of loyal users.
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