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Pokemon Go: What it is and how it can be fun for the whole family

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The digital scavenger hunt is the latest craze that's taking the internet by storm. But, what is it exactly? Should parents be worried about it?

The sight of kids glued to their phones is no longer unusual. But now, instead of social media taking up all the space on their phones, they're getting a hooked on a new craze.

Pokemon Go, the digital scavenger hunt game that's taking the internet by storm, brings together the best of 90s nostalgia with the latest GPS technology. The main objective? Gotta catch 'em all, of course!

As with all of the latest trends, it's natural for parents to become skeptical about it at first. But, information is power. And, it's not hard to believe why many parents are getting hooked on hunting for Pokemon.

How do you play Pokemon Go?

Once you download the app, you will be directed to quick tutorial. After that, the app's map will pop out and, with the help of GPS mapping and your phone's camera, it navigates you from your present location until you stumble upon a "creature".

Pokemon may be imaginary cartoon characters but in the revolutionary app, the adorable and elusive creatures exist all around us.

In the game, you become the "trainer" who must travel to find and capture Pokemon creatures. Each creature you successfully capture gets added to your Pokedex collection.

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Why is it so addictive?

A huge part of why people enjoy it so much is because it melds the world of Pokemon with reality: it shows your actual location while characters can pop out at any moment. It gets you to walk toward the creatures in order to get close enough to capture them.

Aside from the characters, you can also find other symbols on the map such as Pokestops and Gyms, which are important universal landmarks shared by all players of the game because they grant you experience points and virtual candy to level up your growing Pokedex.

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