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Gotta catch 'em all the way to the bank

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016 Rebecca Gredley

It's the game that's helped police solve crimes, has millennials outside and is even sparking entrepreneurial action. Pokemon Go is certainly going.

Launched in Australia earlier this month, the game has beaten Twitter for daily users and has had more engagement than Facebook.

Roger Cook, WA opposition health spokesman, told AAP on Friday the social aspects of Pokemon were incredibly positive and highlighted how society and laws must adapt to change.

"Things are going to change rapidly and will challenge how we do things and how we interact. We have to respond to it," he said.

Law enforcement in WA has accordingly started to respond to a shift in behaviour by game users.

Patrols of a Pokemon hot spot last weekend by Armadale officers resulted in the recovery of a stolen car and put a person in custody. Perth Police have also been monitoring crowds at Kings Park, which is a well-trampled Pokemon hotspot.

Entrepreneurial types are selling accounts online, with one Victorian user offering a level 22 account for $2,500 on gumtree.

Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie from Curtin University's School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts has 10 years' experience creating physical world games and sees the positives of the game offering life balance to hardcore gamers.

"They're games about being in the community, social interaction and public space. Technology helps to motivate people when they can't motivate themselves," she said.

Curtin University is using Pokemon's wide appeal for their open day this Sunday by making the campus one of Perth's largest Pokemon Go stops.

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