Saudi Arabia has always sounded like a dank theocratic hellhole to me, but I have to give props to the country’s highest Allah interpreters for attempting to outlaw the preternaturally annoying smartphone game Pokémon Go (hereafter to be referred to as PFG).
From the Guardian:
Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body has revived a 2001 religious edict prohibiting Pokémon in response to public calls for guidance on the newly launched smartphone version of the game.
The augmented-reality game Pokémon Go, which is based on a 1996 Nintendo game, has created a global frenzy as players roam the real world looking for cartoon monsters. Although Pokémon Go is not yet being officially available in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia, many have downloaded it illegally and have started hunting for virtual “pocket monsters.” …
The 15-year-old fatwa said the game was too much like gambling and that the concept of its characters appeared to be based on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, which is rejected by Islam.
It also said most cards on the game carried symbols of “deviant” religions and organizations, such as “international zionism” and Israel, Christian crosses, freemasonry, and symbols from Japan’s native Shinto religion. …
Pokémon Go uses smartphone satellite location, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings, challenging players to capture and train the creatures for battles.
(Screenshot via YouTube)