Vietnam bans Pokemon Go from government offices, reminds people to not play and drive

Vietnam bans Pokemon Go from government offices, reminds people to not play and drive
The seemingly endless stream of Pokemon Go controversies is still going strong, and adding to it now is the Vietnamese government's decision to ban the game from its offices. The reason for this? Well, apparently the game is causing “more bad than good influence on people” (especially in traffic).

Pokemon Go has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times in Vietnam since its launch on August 6, according to a statement by the Information and Communications Ministry of Vietnam. These numbers are not at all surprising, considering that the country has one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in Southeast Asia, along with Thailand and the Philippines.

Pokemon Go is now banned “near or inside the areas of offices of the Communist Party, the state, the military and national defense sites and other restricted areas,” the ministry said on Wednesday.

According to Captain Nguyen Minh Duc of the Hanoi traffic police, “playing Pokemon Go in traffic causes more bad than good influence on people.” He is probably right about that one, nobody should be playing Pokemon Go while behind the wheel, or any game for that matter. We thought that was common sense.

This is not the first country to partially ban the hit mobile game and likely won't be the last. You can read more on the controversies surrounding Pokemon Go below:

source: Reuters



1. Fona13A unregistered

People are too stupid to be using phones in their cars, anyway, unless you are a passenger.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I remember someone saying that Iran was somehow fundamentalist and evil for banning pokemon go, and yet the Vietnamese are doing it in their offices for the same reason: it's a senseless distraction, and depending on where you are, it can be very unsafe.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The fact they feel the need to ban it at work, means the fools are getting too carried away. The game is stupid compared to Ingress. I tried it for a week or so. I usually take walks when I go to lunch or when I go to a customer site, so I will open and see if anything is around. But to really achieve anything, you have to play it everyday and nearly all day. Its just not worth it Unless you travel, there is no way you will ever catch all of the characters.

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