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Pokemon Go again at the S.C. State House

A tour through Gamecock country with Pokemon Go

Ben Breiner, staff writer at The State Newspaper, takes us on a tour through Williams-Brice Stadium, The State House and other Gamecock spots with the new Pokemon Go game.
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Ben Breiner, staff writer at The State Newspaper, takes us on a tour through Williams-Brice Stadium, The State House and other Gamecock spots with the new Pokemon Go game.

“Pokestops” have reappeared at the S.C. State House, more than a month after the popular game features mysteriously vanished from the capitol grounds.

Players of the mobile game Pokemon Go reported several of the previously missing pokestops reappeared on the State House grounds Thursday, as suddenly and mysteriously as they had vanished.

The State House had been a popular gathering place for players before about a dozen different stops vanished at the end of July. The disappearance of the pokestops – where users can load up on pokeballs and set “lures” to attract the digital creatures – was a mystery.

No state agency would own up to asking developer Niantic Labs to remove the State House as an active spot for the game. And – despite publicized efforts to remove pokestops from inappropriate or unwanted locations elsewhere – a Niantic spokesman couldn’t say why the State House stops had been removed.

Coming at the height of the Pokemon Go craze, users were upset by the sudden end to one of their favorite Pokemon hunting spots.

The state Agriculture Department even planned a Pokemon-themed promotional event at the State House. But, the day of the event, it was discovered the pokestops were no longer available. Even Gov. Nikki Haley took to Twitter to ask for the pokestops to return.

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