Southern Miss catches Pokémon Go fever

Southern Miss catches Pokémon Go fever

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of people on The University of Southern Mississippi's Campus are catching Pokémon Go fever.

"There's a lot more people who are actually into it instead of just like 'oh you play Pokémon?' and walk away," Hattiesburg resident Robert Gmerek said.

Some students said they were playing the game everywhere.

"I know a lot of people would try to play in their car," Gmerek said. "Don't play it in your car. You could have a wreck."

The app is free, but the perks come at a price.

"I just kind of got good at catching them so I was just wasting a lot of my Poké Balls and I had to buy coins to buy more," USM student Cathy Ferrill said.

"I've spent three dollars. We're going to pray that I don't spend over 10 today."

Some gamers said Pokémon Go serves as more than entertainment.

"I've been using Pokémon Go as my exercise incentive and so far I've out gone 65 kilometers according to my app and I've never exercised so much before," William Carey University medical student Yitzhak Lee said.

He said he has burned more than 500 calories while playing the app in one day.

"I've been playing Pokémon since seven this morning so it's been three and a half hours so far," Lee said.

Campus police urge students to be safe when playing. On Wednesday Southern Miss Police tweeted:

Weather permitting, on Friday morning the university will hold a Southern Miss Pokémon Tour where students and others can visit six to eight official spots for information about USM student services.

Participants will be able to collect giveaways, take a photo with USM Mascot Seymour and more.

Time is to be announced.

Check for updates on the event on Twitter @jimcoll.