Pokemon GO: New Game Meshes Tech and Reality

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California, United States, - July 13, 2016: Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company as part of the Pokémon franchise.

The new augmented reality game for smartphones, Pokemon GO, released this past week, and it’s making headlines around the world. Both long-time fans of Pokemon and newcomers are enjoying playing the new game that features creatures like Evee in real world locations that you actually have to walk to in order to “catch ’em all.”

In Australia, the Darwin Police Station is featured as a location for trainers to collect Pokeballs, and the local police there have issued a statement to the public: if you want Pokeballs, you don’t have to come inside the station. Also, players should be careful while walking around with their eyes on their phone. You can read more on the CNN website here. Others have also expressed safety concerns with walking and playing a game on your phone, so be aware of your surroundings while you play.

Pokemon can be collected near major landmarks, as well as in everyday locations. In this article from Inquisitr, players uploaded screenshots of places they found creatures. Some of the highlights include a water-loving Squirtle on the rim of a toilet and a Rattatavirtually eating cat food on someone’s back porch.

Even Forbes ran an article on the smartphone app, and the author says the game helped him discover new locations he’d never seen in his city, as well as increased his exercise for the day. While it’s an unusual way to get more steps into your day, if it works, it works!

If you’re interested in downloading Pokemon GO, you can find at iTunes or at Google Play.

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