Apparently it isn’t only Americans who have gone Pokemon-crazy recently.
The game Pokemon Go – in which mobile phone users wander about catching fictional creatures on their phones – has swept through the culture, involving tens of millions of people worldwide. The game uses various landmarks and buildings (including churches) as Pokestops, where game players obtain useful items for use in the game.
But the small Norwegian town of Vindenes laments that it does not have a single Pokestop, requiring players to walk up to five miles to find one. So the town fathers have built a 10-foot tall Pokemon statue in hopes that the game developer will make it a Pokestop.
According to an August 11 UPI story which references a YouTube video, the prime minister has been invited to visit the village for the grand opening of the statue and residents are hoping the sculpture with get the attention of game developer Niantic to have a Pokestop put in their village.”