Make firm accountable for game-linked endangerment

The craze over Pokemon Go is madness. Causing massive traffic jams, committing dangerous acts and risking injury to catch some virtual Pokemon creatures is ridiculous.

The designers of the game should be taken to task for being so irresponsible in creating a game that endangers lives. They surely created it for no other reason than corporate greed, as they show no concern over players who might get injured or injure others by playing the game.

A friend of mine said I need to lighten up, as the game is just for fun.

But fun it is not when someone needs to get to a hospital in an ambulance and is trapped in a massive traffic jam caused by Pokemon Go players. Or when children chasing after virtual Pokemon creatures get shot at because someone thought they were burglars. Or when players are totally disrespectful of a place in memory of the Holocaust while chasing down Pokemon creatures.

This is what Nintendo has done. Shame on the company for creating a game with total disregard for the chaos and mayhem created.

The company should be held accountable for any injury or death caused by its game, even if there is fine print cautioning players - this does not give them the right to say they are not responsible.

Matthew Ong Koon Lock

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 21, 2016, with the headline 'Make firm accountable for game-linked endangerment'. Print Edition | Subscribe