Should Sydney be more welcoming to Pokemon GO players? Is it an opportunity for local businesses to capitalise upon?
Councillor Linda Scott says yes.
Last night Councillor Linda Scott attempted to pass a motion. That motion was an attempt to make Sydney a 'Pokemon GO Friendly Zone'. It was a request that the city of Sydney design, print and make available Pokemon GO Welcome Signs to be distributed to businesses throughout the city.
That motion was denied.
"I love gaming," Scott explained, in an interview with Kotaku. "My two boys are enormous fans of Pokemon GO."
After watching her sons interact with Pokemon GO, and getting into the game herself, Linda began thinking about the ways in which the Pokemon GO enabled gamers to interact with the city of Sydney. She saw negative media reports, these people were missing the point. Pokemon GO wasn't a menace: it represented an opportunity.
"It's an opportunity for businesses," explained Scott. "It's an opportunity to have fun."
And that's what inspired this message, posted on Linda Scott's Facebook and Twitter:
— Linda Scott (@ClrLindaScott) July 23, 2016
Linda's plan: have the city of Sydney officially recognise itself as a welcome space for Pokemon GO and Pokemon GO players. Have the city of Sydney design and print official Pokemon GO Welcome signs.
But the the motion was denied. The council's response: celebrate the effects of Pokemon GO — the increased traffic around different areas of the city — without mentioning Pokemon GO specifically.
— Linda Scott (@ClrLindaScott) July 25, 2016
"I think they’re the fun police," said Scott.
But Scott isn't planning on stopping. She considers it her mission to make Sydney a more interesting place. She's planning to run for Lord Major on this platform.
"I’m campaigning on this," she told Kotaku. "Sydney should be more fun."