Following the surprise release of Pokémon Go in Hong Kong on Monday eager gamers across the city have been glued to their phones as they carelessly wander the streets.
However, shortly after the game made its debut, China’s People’s Liberation Army kindly reminded players to remain aware of their surroundings while searching for Pokémon, particularly when straying close to military grounds.
“Military barracks are restricted areas under Hong Kong law. Without the authorization of the commanding officer, no one is allowed to enter the restricted areas,” said a PLA spokesman, according to Today Online.
Seems like experts knew what they were talking about after all. Last week, some speculated that the augmented reality game might put China’s closely-held military secrets in peril by exposing otherwise restricted locations that are kept off online maps.
Latching onto this idea, one Chinese netizen on Weibo even declared a possible conspiracy theory: “Don’t play Pokémon GO!!! It’s so the U.S. and Japan can explore China’s secret bases!”
Of course, it’s not only in Hong Kong that Pokémon Go players need to pay more attention about where they are hunting. ABC News reports that in North America, two determined players became so wrapped up in the game that they accidentally crossed the Canada-US border… whoops. Meanwhile, another young girl crossed a highway in Pennsylvania while trying to catch them all… unfortunately all she caught was the hood of the car.
By Robin Winship