wallwalker: Venetian mask, dark purple with gold gilding. (Default)
One of the murals in town has been painted over.

It was very sudden - on Sunday I was taking a walk down a local trail and saw it. On Tuesday afternoon, I walked by the same place, and there was nothing. Just a gray fence.

Given the mural's location (next to an apartment complex,) the timing, and the speed of the repaint, I can only assume that Pokemon Go had something to do with it. The mural was a gym, and I imagine that the apartment's owners didn't like the people who kept walking by and possibly loitering to fight at the gym. (It's still on the map, of course. I'm sure the process to be removed is more complicated than that.)

Still. I'm not sure how to feel about this. I do think that the game creators made a mistake by not making pokestops and gym locations opt-in instead of opt-out, though, since that at least seems to be the case.

Date: 2016-07-14 04:14 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
A couple of Melbourne alleys had their Banksy murals painted over last week. Maybe it's Destroy Street Art season and we didn't know?

They should have made the gyms etc opt-in, though. I've heard there was one at the Holocaust Museum, and that's just not a good idea. Whereas plenty of tourists spots would be happy to host them - I know a bunch of local businesses here are perplexed at which got to be poke-stops. (Mine isn't one, waaah!)

Date: 2016-07-15 12:56 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] gamera
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I do think that the game creators made a mistake by not making pokestops and gym locations opt-in instead of opt-out, though, since that at least seems to be the case.

Yes, that's the case. All of the current stops are user-submitted locations from the company's other augmented reality game (Ingress).

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