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Pokemon Go app sends ArkLaTex into a frenzy

Published: Jul. 12, 2016 at 12:51 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2016 at 1:04 AM CDT
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(Source: Bubba Kneipp, KSLA News 12)
(Source: Bubba Kneipp, KSLA News 12)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A new smartphone app sent residents in Northwest Louisiana into a frenzy Monday.

Dozens of people flocked to the Duck Pond and downtown Shreveport, two of the city's "Poke-Stops."

According to KSLA News 12 reporter Matt Harris, who is a level 14 trainer on the Pokemon Go app, the Duck Pond is one of the prime places to play the game because two Poke-Gyms and two Poke-Stops are located nearby.

Harris said the Poke-Gyms allow players to train and strengthen their Pokemon and participate in team battles.

While law enforcement officials think the idea of people getting out and having fun is a great idea, they also are warning residents to please remember the following things to keep it an enjoyable experience for everyone:

  1. Don't become so engrossed in the game that you are not paying attention to your surroundings. Always look both ways before crossing the street. If you find yourself in a situation or place that for whatever reason makes you uncomfortable, leave immediately.
  2. Don't trespass on someone else's property. Many of the Poke-Stops and Poke-Gyms are placed at buildings, churches, parks and memorials all across town. However, some of these are actually on private property. Please be mindful of the property owners' rights while you play.
  3. Have a DPD - Designated Pokemon Driver. It goes without saying that you should not be playing while actually driving a vehicle.
  4. Keep in mind that, as a matter of practicality, it is better to play during the day than at night. People tend to get more concerned when they see strangers walking around businesses and neighborhoods in the middle of the night and are more likely to call police about suspicious activity.
  5. Please be aware of city park rules and hours, and limit game play in the parks to the times they are officially open.

The app released in early July and reportedly has been downloaded more than 1.6 million times.

The game costs nothing to download and play, but offers in-game resources for real-world cash. This gives players the opportunity to jump ahead of their competition, in small ways.

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