An augmented reality game led one player to the Gothic this week. A Pokemon player, instructed to find one of that game's creatures digitally located on the physical plane, instead found quiet horror:
"I was trying to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource."
She said she climbed over a fence to get down to the river.
“I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water,” Ms Wiggins said. “I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body.”
She said the body appeared to be that of a man dressed in black and was floating three feet from the shore.
Freshly deposited man in black, too.
It's a nice series of juxtapositions: playfulness and the most serious; free-floating digital and a floating corpse.
There's also an interesting side story involving the cops:
Police in Australia were forced to make an official statement about the game on Friday after users kept trying to get into a Darwin police station to capture the character Sandshrew, who was apparently inside.
“Whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs,” a police spokesperson wrote on Facebook.
(thanks to Ed Webb)