Your humble WorldViews blogger may be one of the bitter-enders who refuses to go hunt a Japanese cartoon monster. Otherwise, the phenomenon of Pokemon Go -- which, for those living under a rock that may also be a Poke-stop, involves an augmented reality app that allows millennials to inhabit the somewhat nihilistic game of their childhood -- seems to have become a worldwide craze, eclipsing Twitter, Tinder and other ubiquitous social media platforms.But parallel to the near-global obsession have been the concerns of, well, grown-ups around the world worried about the app's effects. These include security flaws posed by the app itself, as well as myriad cases of robbers and other assailants exploiting the game's mechanics to lure unsuspecting victims.Then, there's the simple issue of propriety. In Washington, the Holocaust Museum and Arlington National Cemetery have been compelled to put out stern notices, requesting visitors to refrain from chasing around Pokemon while on the premises.
In some corners of the Muslim world, the reaction to the game took on a particular moral valence. Earlier this week, my colleague Sudarsan Raghavan blogged about the 2001 fatwa against the original Pokemon game, issued by an Egyptian cleric, who said the game taught children gambling through the use of "Masonic and Zionist symbols." But now, the deputy chief of Cairo's Al-Azhar, the most important scholarly institution of Sunni Islam, has declared Pokemon Go to be as illicit as alcohol."This game makes people look like drunkards in the streets and on the roads while their eyes are glued to the mobile screens leading them to the location of the imaginary Pokemon in the hope of catching it," said Abbas Shouman, as quoted by Gulf News. He went on: "Will people neglect their work and earning their living and devote themselves instead to hunting for Pokemon?"Meanwhile, Mehmet Bayraktutar, the head of Turkey's union of imams, grumbled about Pokemon Go enthusiasts venturing to mosques and other sacred sites to find their Pokemon."This undermines the prominence and significance of mosques, which are the most beautiful worship places in Islam," said Bayraktar, according to Hurriyet Daily News. He added: "I want it to be banned in Turkey."
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/pokemongo-alberta-brothers-us-border-crossing-1.3692564And there is at least one in Area 51.Good luck catching that one.
I can not think of any examples but there must be some rat race science fiction based on getting people to think that they are playing a game but are in actuality performing a service and making money for someone that is manipulating them.