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Catch 'em all on KCC campus

By Ben Stopka
On September 21, 2016



Kirkwood Community College graduate Alex Robinson
looks for Pokémon on the main campus while playing Pokémon GO.
Photos by Jeff Sigmund. 


When Pokémon GO was released to the American public on July 6 this year it immediately became a pop culture phenomenon. 

The game encourages people to get out of the house and exercise while also meeting fellow PokéHunters. 

According to, “Get on your feet and step outside to find and catch wild Pokémon. Explore cities and towns around where you live and even around the globe to capture as many Pokémon as you can.”

One unforeseen outcome of the game’s genesis was the number of non-Pokémon fans getting just as invested in the game as the die-hard trainers. 

According to Kirkwood student Mackenzie Knutson, “I just catch the cute ones.” 

On the other hand, not all that glitters is Goldeen. The pastime has led to job loss, muggings, vehicular accidents and unlawful entry of property. 

According to CNN, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins was walking beside Big Wind River near her hometown of Riverton, Wy., searching for water-type Pokémon. 

The report stated she didn’t notice it at first but soon saw a strange mass on the surface that turned out to be a male corpse floating face down in the water. Wiggins called the police and led them to scene. An update of the report stated the man’s death appeared to be accidental.  

Despite some of the incidents with the new game, the number of fans continue to grow. The Pokémon Facebook page has 2.2 million likes, with 60,000 new page likes this week.

Pokémon GO safety tips

Never play Pokémon GO when you’re on your bike, driving a car, riding a hoverboard or anything else where you should be paying attention

If you see a Pokémon someplace where it might not be safe to capture it (like in a construction site or on private property that you can’t get to from the street), don’t do it. 

If you can’t get the PokéStop because it’s on private property, there will be more just around the corner, so don’t worry. 

PokéStops usually exist at easily identifiable landmarks, such as public art installations or other points of interest.

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