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Pokémon GO: The Game That Gets You Off The Couch02:52
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Pokemon Go is displayed on a cell phone in Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, 2016. Just days after being made available in the U.S., the mobile game Pokemon GO has jumped to become the top-grossing app in the App Store. (Richard Vogel/AP)
Pokemon Go is displayed on a cell phone in Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, 2016. Just days after being made available in the U.S., the mobile game Pokemon GO has jumped to become the top-grossing app in the App Store. (Richard Vogel/AP)
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It's only been a few days since the release of the game app Pokémon GO, but already, the game's popularity is soaring. Based on the classic video game, this version uses augmented reality and GPS, forcing users to walk around their neighborhoods in search of Pokémon characters to capture, train and battle.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson takes a look at the game — and why it is taking off.

Photos: Playing Pokémon GO At Our Studio

Here & Now producer Dean Russell plays Pokémon GO in the WBUR studio. (James Trout/Here & Now)
Here & Now producer Dean Russell plays Pokémon GO in the WBUR studio. (James Trout/Here & Now)
Here & Now producer Dean Russell plays Pokémon GO in the WBUR studio. (James Trout/Here & Now)
Here & Now producer Dean Russell plays Pokémon GO in the WBUR studio. (James Trout/Here & Now)
Here & Now producer Dean Russell plays Pokémon GO outside the WBUR studio. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)
Here & Now producer Dean Russell plays Pokémon GO outside the WBUR studio. (Dean Russell/Here & Now)

This segment aired on July 11, 2016.

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