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Pokémon Goes to College (and Terrorizes Mascot)

Before freshmen got to campus this year, something else did: Pokémon Go, creating surreal scenes across the country as people staring at their phones took meandering, ant-like paths while playing the game.

In Pokémon Go, which uses phones to blend the virtual world of gaming with reality, strange little cartoon creatures can be seen in the real world — in libraries, football stadiums, bike paths. Players, called trainers, try to capture the creatures with balls.