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Pokemon Go craze hits North County 40 people in Paso City Park training and Hope Lutheran Atascadero is open "Poke-Stop"

Posted: Thursday, Jul 14th, 2016

Photo By Allyson Oken/ Paso Robles Press Nyle Ketcherside, a 15-year resident of Paso Robles, was training his Pokemon outside of the Paso Robles Press, Thursday and said that the training facility outside the office is a good one.

NORTH COUNTY About 40 people in the Paso Robles Downtown Park were playing Pokemon Go, July 13, the new game and smartphone app with interactive stops all over the downtown area and in Atascadero they are wild for it too with a "Poke-stop" at Hope Lutheran Church. The new game Pokemon Go was released in the United States on July 6 and within three days of the release, saw 21 million daily active users; according to Niantic who published the game.

Nyle Ketcherside, a 15-year resident of Paso Robles, was training his Pokemon outside of the Paso Robles Press office at 829 10th St. on Thursday and reported that he was one of the 40 or so out in the park Wednesday night and has been playing Pokemon games since they first came out in 1999.

"I have been playing the new game for like two days," he said. "Mainly the locations are downtown at the City Park and there were like 40 people down their last night. I played all the video games when they came out in '99 and just picked this one up for fun. I was training outside your office and just got beat so the training location is cool because it was not easy. There are a bunch of them downtown so I am just checking them all out."

So far Ketcherside is at level nine and has captured about 40 Pokemon around Paso Robles.

In Atascadero Pastors Ryan and Liz Radtke reported that the new Pokemon Go is all the rage at their church.

"There are pre-assigned 'Poke-stops' and gyms, many of them churches, where players can get bonuses," the Radtkes wrote. "Hope Lutheran Church in Atascadero has been designated as one of these 'Poke-stops,' and will be greeting players with real-world bonuses like drinks, snacks and sunscreen as they find their way here."

The pastors went on to write that the Hope Lutheran Church will have items for the players all day for "self-service," and also times when church members and pastors will be on hand to greet and cheer on the players, and even talk about faith.

Players are able to design an avatar (a digital representation of yourself) that is able to catch, train, battle and progress through multiple levels by walking to real-life locations that transform into virtual playing fields on the smartphone screen when using the application.

To learn more about Pokemon Go and find "Poke-Stops near you, visit pokemon.com.

For the complete article see the 07-14-2016 issue.

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Keywords: Pokemon Go, Paso Robles Poke-Stops, Atascadero Poke-Stops, Interactive Gaming, Paso Robles Press, Atascadero News, Allyson Oken

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