A new video purported to depict hundreds, if not thousands, of Pokemon GO players in Taipei, Taiwan enthusiastically chasing a Snorlax, as the lights at a traffic stop turn from red to green, is attracting attention for being "surreal" and "reminiscent of science fiction," as reported by Time. The Pokemon GO Taiwan Snorlax video was uploaded to YouTube on August 21 and has already received close to a million views.
Inspection of Google Street View images in the capital of Taiwan shows the intersection to be that of Zhongshan Road, Zhonge Street, and Zhonge Street near Beitou Park. Time and other media outlets have been unable to verify the authenticity of the video, which, if real, may raise questions about the effects of the game on society.
"Such incidents are fairly common in Taiwan, people often tend to take trends and crazes to another level," Taiwanese Quora user David Kan responded when asked whether the Taiwan Pokemon GO video is authentic or not. Other videos and photographs depicting similar scenes in the Asian nation would appear to back up his claim.