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Pokemon Go could be your new addiction

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Posted at 9:01 AM, Jul 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-08 12:01:51-04

If you haven't heard of Pokemon Go yet, we are shocked.

The new augmented reality app by Ninento is taking the world (most of it at least) by storm. The app was released on Wednesday and it is already the top free download and top grossing app, according to Forbes magazine.

In fact, it is already so popular, that a server outage was reported on Thursday.

The app encourages exploration of the communities that the players live in. The players collect or capture Pokemon that appear on their phones as they move about.

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One of the best things about Pokemon Go according to some people is that you meet other Pokemon fans and make new friends.

Various locations act as gyms and PokeStops where players can collect badges and items they might not be able to get otherwise. The players often realize other people at the locations are doing the exact same thing they are and end up striking up conversations.

A post by a user on Reddit featured a photograph of 20 people who all showed up at a local park while playing the game and ended up posing together for the photo.

Pokemon Go players are also able to chat with other players through the app and talk about the Pokemon they have captured, locations worth checking out, or make plans to actually meet up and hunt together.

There are already stories about people who may be addicted to the new app.

A photo posted by a man in Texas playing Pokemon Go while his wife was in labor is going viral, according to the Daily Mail.
 

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