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Pokemon 101: a U of I class combines hot new app and exercise

Boiseans bond playing Pokemon Go

Twenty-somethings who grew up playing Pokemon video games are excited about the free new "augmented reality" game Pokemon Go but it's attracting people of all ages in the Boise area. It's a game that requires players, called "trainers," to walk to
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Twenty-somethings who grew up playing Pokemon video games are excited about the free new "augmented reality" game Pokemon Go but it's attracting people of all ages in the Boise area. It's a game that requires players, called "trainers," to walk to

You can turn the popular new smart phone app Pokemon Go into college credit at the University of Idaho in Moscow this fall.

The game where you travel around an area searching for the characters Pikachu, Jigglypuff and Snorlax, will be part of a new physical education class called Pop Culture Games.

“You get to (venture) around, seeing different things, being active, seeing the sun,” said Steven Bird, the course instructor. “It allows you to move in large groups and a team..”

The course will also include the live-action game “Humans vs Zombies.”

“We are hoping to capture the interest in Pokemon Go and other active games and draw the link with a healthy, active lifestyle,” said Philip Scruggs, Department of Movement Scienceschair.

The games also help teach respect, ethics, safety and leadership, he said.

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