Niantic delists Holocaust Museum and Hiroshima memorial from Pokemon Go

Hiroshima's memorial was delisted just hours before a ceremony was scheduled to be held.

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Both the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and Hiroshima, Japan's memorial to the more than 140,000 victims of the atomic bomb dropping during WWII, have been delisted from Pokemon Go.

Niantic worked with both sites to fill their requests that creatures no longer appear, and that they no longer show up on players' radars as gyms and PokeStops.

According to the Associated Press, delisting locations from the game took place in two phases. Hiroshima's memorial was removed as a supply stop and gym on Thursday, but pocket monsters continued to appear. On 1:56 am Saturday, approximately six hours before the planned ceremony to honor the deceased, Niantic removed the ability for Pokemon to pop up.

"We were so relieved," said Tatsuya Sumida, a city official. "We were worried if those 'Pokemon' were really going to go away in time. We consider the park a sacred place where we pray for the victims of the atomic bombings."

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    August 8, 2016 4:15 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Niantic delists Holocaust Museum and Hiroshima memorial from Pokemon Go

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      August 8, 2016 4:37 PM

      Lol really Niantic - http://chattypics.com/files/iPhoneUpload_amnhjci70u.jpg

      This doesn't really tell you anything.

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        August 9, 2016 9:26 AM

        No Kingler bro? That's some amateur Poke.

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      August 8, 2016 4:37 PM

      People are still playing this?

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        August 8, 2016 4:43 PM

        Yes went out yesterday to Mosaic District in Virginia and nearly everyone I walked by was playing it. Granted that area has a ton of Pokestops but was surprised how many people are still playing.

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          August 8, 2016 4:46 PM

          Is there a way to get all the pokemonz, or is it an endless grind like WoW?

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            August 8, 2016 4:57 PM

            Why do you constantly compare this game to WoW?

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              August 9, 2016 8:32 AM

              Seems like an MMO to me where you are constantly grinding to get better stuff.

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                August 9, 2016 8:38 AM

                It's more like football stickers. There's no gameplay elements, you just walk with the app open and collect multiple of the same ratatas until you have enough to upgrade one of them.

                Technically you can battle, but it doesn't really work unless you're seriously grinding or cheating to be competitive.
                The collecting is the main thing.

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      August 8, 2016 4:46 PM

      Seems like an OK move.