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BYU students create a new way to play Pokémon Go

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SALT LAKE CITY — The wildly popular Pokémon Go craze has swept the globe. Now up to 30 million downloads in the U.S. and counting, this game has players of all ages on their feet for hours.

But what those who physically can't get up to go play?

A group of Brigham Young University students came up with a creative idea and partnered with Primary Children's Hospital to bring the Pokémon Go craze to those children who normally wouldn't get the chance to play.

It's called "Pokémon Go for Good" and uses screen-sharing technology to help children play Pokémon Go from their hospital beds. The kids are in control and tell volunteers where to go and what to catch.

"'Go for Good' is to help catch 'em for those who can't," explained Andrew Forrest, the student who created the new game along with his fellow advertising classmates.

For hospital patients like 9-year-old Cameron, the game has been a welcome break from treatments.

"It's entertaining and it's making me have more fun at the hospital," Cameron said.

"Being able to leverage this phenomenon and do something good with it, we find that to be a much more fulfilling pursuit," Forrest said.

Pokémon Go For Good is looking for more proxy-players to volunteer and help the kids play. If you're interested in learning how you can help, visit igoforgood.com.

Contributing: Jordan Ormond

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