"Gotta Catch 'Em All" on new Pokemon Go app

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Lincoln, NE (KOLN) -- For many adults in their 20s and 30s, they grew up watching Pokemon after school and playing it on their Gameboy, but now, you can play it on your phone.

You could play it on your phone before using simulators, but Niantic released a first of it's kind Pokemon app in the last week, Pokemon Go, and it's already rocketed to the top of the charts for iPhone and Android apps.

"I feel like I can't go an hour without seeing something about it, it's kind of taking over the world right now I feel," said Skyler Wendell, who grew up playing and watching Pokemon. "I can't remember a time of my life where I didn't have a Pokemon game that I was just playing in the background of my life."

The new app mixes the virtual reality of the Pokemon world with the real world. The app uses your GPS on your phone to track you as you explore different areas to catch different Pokemon.

"It's pretty cool because you get to walk around and enjoy Nebraska and what it's all about and catch Pokemon like your a real Pokemon trainer," said Chris Vong, who was out at Holmes Lake on Saturday afternoon playing the game.

The game has been wildly popular across the globe after its release on July 7th, but already there have been concerns about users safety. For many users when they are out playing the game, they aren't paying as much attention to their surroundings, which has led to quite a few scraps, falls, and sprained ankles.

There's also a concern about people driving and using the app.

"It's kind of like the new way of texting and driving. Instead of texting and driving I would see a lot of kids trying to drive and try and catch Pokemon, because that's how you be efficient you know, drive around and try and catch as much as you can," said Vong.

Skyler Wendell admits to doing just that, although he says it was early on the morning and he was going very slow.

Patrick Beardslee. who was also out at Holmes Lake on Saturday with friends playing Pokemon Go, says that people know they aren't supposed to text and drive, but do it anyway and he feels that people will do the same with this app.

"I think it's kind of taking away people's rational thought of what it is safe, because I feel like most of America at least, Pokemon is near and dear to us," added Wendell.

Despite all the risks though, players will continue to get out and explore to try and catch 'em all.

"It's just part of my life growing up, like Pokemon is important to me and now I can take it wherever I want and it's this exciting new thing that's never been explored, so, if there's something that you cared about that much that was suddenly made more accessible for you, wouldn't you go out of your way to make it part of your everyday life?," said Wendell."