Pokémon Go

The Pokémon Company released its much-anticipated smartphone game Pokémon Go yesterday, transforming social media into a truly bizarre blend of people outraged about police violence against black people in America, and folks wandering around their neighborhoods, snapping pictures of the Blastoise they found at their local Starbucks. Now, the link between legitimately awful human tragedies and the GPS-enabled game has tightened even further, with a Wyoming teen reportedly finding a dead body while hunting for monsters in the game.

Originally reported on by community news site County 10, the story says a 19-year-old woman was walking the banks of the Big Wind River‚ÄĒ‚Äútrying to get a Pok√©mon from a natural water resource‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒwhen she came across the body. And while this sounds like something from the plot of Pok√©mon Blue (Velvet)‚ÄĒor maybe Stand By Meowth‚ÄĒpolice have since ruled that the man died of natural causes, possibly drowning.


Pok√©mon Go requires that players explore their surrounding environments, which it overlays with colorful creatures to catch and collectible items to snag. Its loading screen also requests that players ‚Äúbe alert at all times‚ÄĚ while playing, and ‚ÄúStay aware of your surroundings‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒrequests that have now led to some measure of trauma and confusion for the teen who found the man.

[via Polygon]