BYU-Idaho students created a Facebook page in order to gather together as Pokémon fans with the release of the new mobile game, Pokémon GO, on Wednesday, July 6.
“Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices,” according to the official Pokémon website. “With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world — your own!”
Abigail Lawson, a junior studying art, created the BYU-I Pokémon GO Facebook page for the game’s fans.
“Last night, when it first came out, everyone was out walking,” Lawson said. “Everyone had congregated in this area, and there were 50 people, and I’m like, ‘We need a Facebook page.’”
She said she did not realize how many people at BYU-I were Pokémon fans, but when the app came out, she wanted to connect with other fans. She said the Facebook page is good because the group allows people to open up and make new friends.
Lawson said her only concern was that the app could be dangerous if people became careless while using it.
“Attention Pokemon trainers! That Dratini isn’t worth an accident. All traffic laws are still being enforced. Don’t jaywalk or use your phone while driving or on a crosswalk,” according to the Rexburg Police Department.
Lawson said because BYU-I’s construction sites are locations for gym battles, people need to be careful not to trespass.