A new app is sweeping St. Louis and the nation, encouraging users to "catch 'em all".
The app allows players to capture imaginary creatures, or Pokemon, which are superimposed into the real world through the use of the phone's camera. According to Reeve, that means that Pokemon Go and the app's maker, Niantic, had access to read and send Gmails from his account, access Google Docs from his Drive, look at his search history and his navigation history from Google Maps.
As users acquire and strengthen more Pokemon, they use them to battle other players for control of Pokemon Gyms, which are scattered throughout the world.
"You just basically have to walk around until you see a Pokemon", said one player.
As if you didn't need enough proof that Pokemon Go was unbelievable, Nintendo has announced that Pokemon Go downloads have crossed 7.5 million, and that's just in the three countries it's available in now.
Micheal Koutsounbaris says, "I'm getting a lot of exercise out here".
Petula Dvorak's 12 year-old battles at a Pokemon Go gym atop a grave at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Northeast Washington
The game also has users wandering and meeting up late at night. I don't know how well they will guard this awesome new power they've granted themselves, and frankly I don't trust them at all.
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"You had a cig in the back of your ear and a sweatshirt on". You looked like a fun guy!
Pokemon Go may not prove an immediate boost to Nintendo's bottom line: It is free and Nintendo is not the sole investor or creator.
Another gamer seeking an engrossed "Pokemon Gym Leader" wrote: "You seem [ed] very absorbed in the game, so you probably didn't notice me". He and Ward enjoy the social aspect so much, they joined a Facebook group called "HR Pokemon Trainers" in hopes of doing meet ups in the future.
A missed connection based in NY also told of a potential Pokemon spark of love on public transport.
Once you get a handle on what you're out to do (and assuming your device stays within Global Positioning System contact with the servers, something definitely not guaranteed at the moment), the hunt for Pokemon in the real world is undeniably charming. "I thought we had chemistry".