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Pokémon Go Hunters Are Taking Over the Santa Monica Pier

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It's not just for tourists anymore

In the week since the release of Pokémon Go, players around Los Angeles have fallen off an ocean bluff, discovered a corpse, and called 911 seeking access to fire stations.

There’s a lot to shake your head at. But the game is also inspiring users to get out and explore their cities and strike up new friendships via organized group Pokémon hunts, which is pretty cool. In Los Angeles, Nerdist and Geek and Sundry are coordinating a walk Saturday afternoon from the Santa Monica Pier to Venice Beach, and more than 300 people are planning to attend.

For the unfamiliar, Pokémon Go is an Augmented Reality app that uses an iPhone’s or Android’s GPS to detect a player’s location and determines when to make Pokemon appear around the player. The type of Pokemon appear based on the time and location of the player.

The pier is apparently a popular hangout for Pokémon. Hundreds of players flocked to the pier Monday night, says NBC4, and water-type Pokémon like Squirtle, Dratini and Tentacool were caught by players, according to a thread on reddit.

For Saturday’s event, meet near the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium at 1 p.m. Once in Venice, the group will have a chance to eat before heading back to Santa Monica, says Nerdist’s Facebook event page.

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