What exactly is Pokémon GO?

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Pokémon Go is sparking a lot of posts on Facebook about safety, gyms, and walks around town.

Nintendo’s newest game, released last Thursday, has become a huge attraction to younger generations. While so many millennials have their phones in their hands more times than not, with the new app, you may see people walking around with their phone up looking like they're taking a picture.

For those of you out of the loop -- here's a little bit about it.

<p><b>What is a Pokémon?</b>
Fictional creatures known as Pokémon (short for “pocket monsters”) which inhabit their own fictional Pokémon World</p>

<p><b>Why are the Pokémon important?</b>
Pokémon or “pocket monsters” can be caught in the wild by players (known in-game as “trainers”). The trainers are the people you see walking around with their phones.

Once the Pokémon are captured, trainers teach them to battle one another at specialized locations known as “Pokémon gyms.” This is why you may see a group of people gathered in a small group with their phones out "battling" each other.</p>

“Pokémon Go” allows players to explore and find Pokémon anywhere in the world: at home, around town or even at one Augusta University’s three campuses in Georgia.

While searching, players also have the opportunity to stop by various “PokéStops.” Many of these stops are cultural or historic landmarks.

While the new app was just launched, it is already at number one on the top social media apps.

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Nintendo shares soared again on Monday as investors cheered the runaway success of Pokemon GO, Nintendo's first venture in mobile gaming. Pokemon GO is now one of the most used apps on people's phones.

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