Columbus not immune to Pokémon Go craze

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — You probably saw them on social media this weekend – Pokemon characters in real life settings.

The game, Pokemon Go, is a free app that uses GPS technology to allow users to find Pokemon is various areas across the country. The app also allows the phone camera to function once a Pokemon is discovered; giving the user the option of taking a picture of the characters they collect in an actual setting.

“You’re seeing the Pokemon in the real world. It’s amazing. Like finding a bunny out in the wild,” said Andrew Duluard, a Pokemon expert who has competed in national Pokemon competitions.

The game requires that users get up and move – and the more moving you do, the more rewarding the process.

“In different areas, you might find stronger ones. Like your neighborhood, they might be weak. But in the middle nowhere, they might be really strong,” Duluard added.


In just five days, the game has become a national sensation – gaining more users than the popular dating app Tinder, while closing in on the likes of Twitter and Snapchat.

“I think there’s just a different aspect to it. Augmented reality brings a new aspect to gaming,” said Kevin Witt, who was playing the game on Ohio State’s campus. “To be able to go out and be active doing it really is alluring.”

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