Pokémon GO Is Sending Lots Of Players To Church

The first thing I noticed after initially booting up Pokémon Go was that 70 per cent of the landmarks near me were churches. Considering that I'm not a religious person, this has proven to be kiiiind of awkward. I am not alone in feeling this way. Image credit: Pokemon Wikia

Actually, a lot of Pokémon Go players are being directed to churches so that they may collect new monsters and more items within the augmented reality game. Given Pokémon's rocky history with spiritual matters, not to mention the sheer touchiness of religion, this has turned into a strange gameplay experience:

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In response to this Pokémon Go quirk, many players are taking to social media to joke about their experience with churches, and it's a hoot. Here's a small taste:



Why so many churches? This is just a guess, but I'm assuming it is because they might turn out to be safer to visit than your average locale. The GPS system that the game uses is also simply marking many of the man-made landmarks near players, and, well, some players just happen to live near more churches than anything else. Regardless, guess I better brush up on the good word of Arceus, our lord and saviour.


    Why churches? Because they were explicitly pointed out as good examples of portals in Ingress. I probably made about 70 church portals. Most of them will be pokestops of gyms now also.

      Yeah, all the Pokestops are imported from Ingress.

      Yeah.. most people seem to not understand this and still appear to be surprised. Imagine if they ported over ALL the ingress portals and not just a small percentage.

        I'm kinda glad they didn't import them all to be honest. Melbourne city is stupidly thick with them these days

      That makes a lot of sense. I was going off the assumption that Google was simply collecting stats on places that a large number of GPS-check-ins congregate. But if it's importing from Ingress, that adds a few additional elements to the equation.

      One of which being that I still won't be able to get a portal/whatever within range of my fucking apartment. God dammit. I WAS SO CLOSE, I LIVE NEXT TO A BUS STATION.

    weird. all my Pokestops are Graffiti locations or Coffee shops and I'm okay with it.

    Landmarks or clear visible signage/graffitti... so yeah every church and historic building is one obviously.

    Its funny when some of visible signage ones are places you cant go into like electrical substations and water utility pump houses.

    Its funny when your in the middle of no wear and you see how desperate they are to make a pokestop... electrical substation and painted traffic signal boxes

    70 per cent of the landmarks near me were churches.

    Or you know you live in an area with a lot of Churches and not many anything things that could be landmarks.

    A church near me is even a gym!

    A sculpture near me is a gym as well.

    Who cares what the landmarks are? Just get your pokeballs

    One gym near work is a Greek Orthodox church.... was having a funeral... RIP to Raphael may the 608 CP Pidgeot look after you! It murdered my damn team...

    I have 2 gyms and 5 Stops near me that are all churches.

    To be fair, I'm also literally on Church St.

    My nearest Pokéstop is one of those little springy rides for kids that rock back and forth in a local playground. It's called the Spikey Ride and is shaped like an echidna.

    10/10 Would ride again.

    I remember distinctly hearing as a child that Pokemon were being called Satanic and homages to the occult, I did find walking to my local church kind of disconcerting after remembering this lol.

    Last edited 11/07/16 10:02 am

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