But guys, seriously, we need to talk about etiquette. People are Pokémon Go-ing their way out of jobs and into dangerous territory. They’re finding bodies playing the game. This is getting out of hand.
Here’s your definitive guide of the do’s and don’ts of Pokémon Go so you can remain a functioning member of society.
Play at a serious event
Funerals, family dinners with your grandmother, a tour of the Holocaust museum, etc. Some situations just demand your full attention. If you’re in a situation where you’d normally be off your phone then you should continue to be off your phone.
Like, for example, while your wife is in labor.
While f*cking driving
OK guys, seriously don’t Pokémon Go and drive. Don’t let your friends Pokémon Go and drive.
Be aware of your state’s cellphone and driving laws, since you may even be subject to a fine if you play at a red light.
— tom (@thmsbrns) July 10, 2016
If you have to grab that Snorlax, pull over first. Be sure to watch for cyclists and pedestrians.
Play on a college campus (apparently)
According to one redditor’s post, campus security kicked people off campus if they were playing Pokémon Go after two people used the game as an excuse for attempting to break into a building.
Which leads me to my next one…
Break into a building
Just because that Pikachu is super hard to pass up does not make it OK to break into a building. Whether it’s someone’s home, a campus laboratory, or the friggin’ White House, maybe just let that Pikachu go.
Play where phones aren’t allowed
Look, someone already lost his freaking job and maybe ended his career for a Zubat. If you are in an area where security is tight and you’re not allowed to use your phone, just put the phone down. Same goes for movie theaters. Don’t be that guy.
Play while talking to a service worker
For those of use who have worked at a restaurant or shop, there is nothing more irritating than waiting for someone to get off their phone to order their food or pay for their T-shirt. If you’re ordering your coffee, drink, or otherwise trying to interact with someone who is paid to serve you, put the phone down for two seconds and just interact with another human. You can pick the phone back up after you’ve ordered and grab that Charmander on top of the coffee grinder.
Also, be sure to patronize the business if you bust in to grab a critter.
— James Bartholomeou (@iyagovos) July 8, 2016
Use a drone to find Pokémon
We’ve been over this. While technically there’s nothing illegal about using a drone to augment your augmented-reality gaming experience, other players regard it as cheating.