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Pokemon Go lures masses outside

Brothers Jon and Ryan Edmonds play the augmented-reality smartphone game Pokémon Go in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas on Saturday. Released July 5, the game allows players to
Brothers Jon and Ryan Edmonds play the augmented-reality smartphone game Pokémon Go in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas on Saturday. Released July 5, the game allows players to "catch" characters that appear to be in the real world using GPS and the smartphone camera. Even after living in Texarkana for years, the brothers said they never ventured downtown for pleasure until they downloaded the game. (Joshua Boucher/Texarkana Gazette via AP)

SAN FRANCISCO — There are video games that go viral overnight, causing people to coop themselves up in their homes for days to play. But the opposite has happened with Pokémon Go, a free smartphone game that has soared to the top of the download charts: It has sent people into streets and parks, onto beaches and even out to sea in a kayak in the week since it was released. The game — in which players try to capture exotic monsters from Pokémon, the Japanese cartoon franchise — uses a combination of ordinary technologies built into smartphones, including location tracking and cameras, to encourage people to visit public landmarks, seeking virtual loot and collectible characters that they try to nab/New York Times. More here.

DFO: Amy Dearest & Okie Doke told me about Pokémon Go last night. They said it was fun. And agreed that it is prompting them to visit places they never would have before. I'm seeing chatter on my Facebook wall that says the same thing. Are you or your family caught up in the world of Pokémon Go already?



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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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