in case you wanted to know why some pokestops are kind of “weird...”
so, i though i’d clarify this because i’ve seen so many “weird pokestops” posts floating around in the pokemon go tag.
niantic, the creators of pokemon go, started with another augmented reality/location-based game called ingress (which i highly recommend if you want to play more games like pokemon go.) this game is like a complicated game of capture-the-flag, with two teams trying to claim as much of the map as they can by linking portals together. these portals are real-world locations, which were all submitted by users.
when niantic made pokemon go, many portals from ingress became pokestops and gyms in pokemon go.
now, here’s where things get funny. the ingress playerbase is a bit older than the pokemon go playerbase, so it’s not uncommon for nightclubs and similar locations to have been submitted as portals. that said, i’ve seen some really weird portals in my time playing ingress. (my favorite by far is “stoned tentacle monster.”)
here’s why this is funny: submitted portals have to be approved by niantic to become portals in ingress (and by extension pokestops/gyms in pokemon go)
so, if you see a weird pokestop/gym during your pokemon adventures, know this:
1. someone submitted that to niantic
2. someone at niantic approved that