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I saw some folks discussing Pokemon Go in the Naugler thread and didn't see one, so I thought I'd start my own! Pokemon Go is an app game that is free to install and free to use. There are some microtransactions once in the game, however, but paying is not necessary to play or even succeed in the game. The game is like a virtual GeoCaching game. You open the app and walk around your neighborhood until a Pokemon appears. You then try to catch it. There are PokeStops where you can stop and pick up free items. These are typically at points of interests in your town such as parks, plaques, fountains, etc. There are also gyms where you can battle other Pokemon for the top spot at the gym. There are other aspects to the game, but that's the main gist. The game has only been released in a few countries (I think, US, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan maybe? correct me if I'm wrong) but they plan on making it worldwide. From what I've also heard, there are more updates in the future, but they've been having a lot of trouble with keeping up with traffic, so those might be pushed back. I'm 24, soon to be 25, and people my age are in love. The first pokemon game for gameboy came out when I was 7 and was a HUGE DEAL. So now that we can be our own Trainer and walk around town it's super cool. People are having a ton of fun with it and I've already walked something like 8km in the past 2 days, so it's getting kids and teenagers and adults out and exercising and interacting with their communities.
So, right-wing nutjob Christianist preacher Rick Wiles has had a minor freakout over someone using Pokemon Go near his office because cyber-demons. For those of us who don't spend too much time thinking about demon-possession, he explained on his radio show that terrorists could somehow use the information harvested by the app to show them "where Christians are located geographically". And, of course, Americans could easily be tricked by these demons into doing all sorts of terrible things. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/end-times-pastor-warns-isis-could-use-pokemon-go-to-target-christians-with-cyber-demons/ This got me thinking that maybe we need a list of the common ways us ordinary Americans get possessed by demons, if not for us, then as a service for any demon-fearing fundies who might wander over here. I recall Pat Robertson saying that thrift-store clothing (don't recall if it was just sweaters, or all used clothing) can harbor demons. As can certain kinds of rock music, probably anything with a back beat. Demons also lurk in those bags of little candy bars that are sold for trick-or-treating, and probably in Halloween costumes as well. Anything else we need to be concerned about?