Pokemon Go creates love/hate relationship with businesses and community

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — In the quest to “Catch ’em all”, Pokemon Go users at High Point University find new incentives to go outside.
“It is seemingly getting closer,” said HPU rising senior Kira Foglesong.

As Foglesong and her classmates wander around campus looking for Pokemon to catch, they’re learning the app creates a different type of gaming atmosphere.
“It’s breaking that model of the couch potato gamer,” said HPU gaming professor Stefan Hall.

Hall says the app merges a classic game with augmented reality.

“You’re looking at the real world to find game information that the game actually overlays with it,” Hall said.

The game is everywhere, and some people believe folks should use common sense and avoid certain areas, and be respectful while playing the game. Normally people wouldn’t go onto private property or cemeteries.

“Cemeteries are kind of like the place to rest,” said gamer Nic Kimble. “And now you have so much traffic.”

But the game brings folks like Kimble to the Oakwood Cemetery, because certain stops in the game can be found in those places.
“Most of them are in prime locations like theaters or statues or artwork and stuff like that,” Kimble said.

But Teresa Loflin is thrilled with the location of these “Pokestops” and the game.
“You kind of throw the ball at it until you catch it,” Loflin said.

She works at the High Point Museum, where they have four different stops on site.
“You can explore the museum while playing a game,” Loflin said.

She’s using it as a marketing tool on social media, attracting more people for a chance to interact with gamers and show them the museum.

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