‘Pokemon Go’ reveals where virtual meets reality on the Briar Cliff campus

Pokemon at BCU
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Andrew Clay fires a Pokeball while playing Pokemon Go on his smartphone at Briar Cliff. Clay says the campus is full of characters sought by players of the popular augmented reality game.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — A passing rain shower couldn't keep Andrew Clay, 17, from his virtual hunt for Pikachu, Squirtle and the other colorful characters from Pokemon Go on the Briar Cliff University campus.

"I wouldn't say I'm addicted to it," said the Bishop Heelan Catholic High School 12th grader, his eyes glued to his smartphone. "I just play it every chance I get."

Clay isn't alone.

Since the free app was introduced on July 6, Pokemon Go game players from around the world have been on the lookout for digital monsters in our midst.

Searching for Pokemon, or a college?

Schedule a visit to the Briar Cliff campus — home to 14 Pokestops and a pair of Pokemon gyms — and do both at the same time!

Based on characters first created by Japanese video game designer Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, Pokemon Go utilizes social media and GPS technology.

In order to play, a person will make his way to a local landmark -- known in the games as "Pokestops" -- where he can pick up supplies like "Pokeballs" -- the things one flings at virtual "pocket monsters" as a means to capture them for training.

At other locations called "gyms," Pokemon battle each other for some augmented reality supremacy.

Clay said locations as diverse as Briar Cliff and Trinity Heights Queen of Peace (in Sioux City) are particularly fertile places for gamers wanting to pinch Pikachu.

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