Seems that’s the case after a fashion. For those living under a rock in recent weeks, Pokemon GO! is the most successful “augmented reality” app for your phone to date. It’s based on Nintendo’s long lived Pokemon Series of games. In this version however you are actually rewarded for leaving your house and exploring their “augmented” version of the real world to collect the titular Pokemon characters which have been placed all around the real world. Part of the game also includes so-called “gyms” where you can “battle” and collect special characters in the game. Gyms are established using landmark geodata from a previous game by Pokemon GO!'s developers. Included among those landmarks are many churches world wide. As a result, churches and their campuses have become an integral part of this new game.
Here are just a few of the stories regarding this new phenomenon. It can obviously have some benefits for churches since it’s getting people to them, but will it also have a darker disruptive side? :shrug: