Russian Pokemon Go Has You "Chase" Historical Figures
Moscow Department of Information Technologies
Pokemon Go has its haters. The Pokemon, for example; they can hardly be enjoying that whole process. Also, Russia. The Russian government is convinced that Pokemon Go, which we Westerners use mainly to get exercise by chasing imaginary critters into traffic, is a CIA plot to get photographs of Leninland's secrets. Also, it might be Satanic, because ... who knows.
NintendoDo Satanists like exercise?
To protect its citizens, Moscow has launched an acceptable alternative: Get To Know Moscow. Photo. Yes, that's the name. It's got the same essential idea as Pokemon Go -- walk around, find stuff -- but instead of cartoon monsters, you're on the hunt for statues of famous Russians. Who needs Golbat when you've got Yuri Gagarin? Fuck a Rattata, Russia's got Rasputin! Go to hell, Pidgey, because we're hunting Alexander Pushkin!
Moscow Department of Information TechnologiesThis does look more fun than catching Zubat.
Moscow Dot Photo does differ from Pokemon Go in several ways, though we're guessing none will seriously tickle your pleasure glands. The statues don't appear randomly like Pokemon -- the game simply points you to where they are, usually in an area related to whatever they did in real life. Then you walk there. If you're entertained by your GPS telling you how to get to the nearest Wendy's, then this game might be for you. Obviously, this means no Soviet gyms, since it'd be historically inaccurate to pit one Ivan the Terrible against another. But you will learn about Moscow's history, which is way more fun than capturing and enslaving fantastical animals.
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