Pokemon GO is a spinoff of the Pokemon games and universe originally seen on TV and played on Nintendo DS. The Nintendo company released the smartphone app in the summer of 2016 and it went completely viral. Millions around the world were playing the game all summer long. Whether on a camping trip, at the beach, or at an amusement park, there were people everywhere with their heads in their phones trying to catch as many Pokemon as they could. The game is still pretty prevalent today, but has since died down from its release in 2016. Although many have stopped playing Pokemon GO, there are still so many reasons students, and everyone, should still be playing this game!

1. Great exercise 

You may not realize it, but Pokemon GO is a great source of exercise. The basis of the game is to walk around and search for Pokemon. They don't always just show up, so you have to keep moving in order to find them! There are also eggs that you can collect and hatch that require anywhere from two to ten kilometers in walking to hatch.

2. Gets you outside

Along with getting good exercise, Pokemon GO gets you out of bed, off the couch, or keeps you from snacking when bored and out in the fresh air. Pokemon GO also allows you to see new places and be more adventurous. If you live in a town or city, consider yourself super lucky, as you probably have hundreds of pokemon and Pokestops out there waiting for you to discover! If you live somewhere that's pretty rural, get in the car and go to your nearest town or city and get playing! Pokemon GO is a great way to discover new places.

3. It's a good study break

When you've been studying for what feels like hours, Pokemon GO is an excellent way to relieve stress and get you away from homework and textbooks for a while. Nature walks are a great way to get rid of stress and Pokemon GO just enhances that!

4. Ups your social game

Many people might think that Pokemon GO is "lame" or "nerdy," but the app really allows you to meet some pretty cool people. A feature in the game called Raids, which requires a lot of people to team up to weaken a very strong pokemon in order to catch it, gets people to come together in the same location, allowing you to interact face to face. This is pretty cool as most games don't allow you to do this.

5. The Pokemon are so. darn. CUTE!

The motivation to play Pokemon GO isn't just completing tasks, controlling gyms, and evolving the strongest Pokemon. Some people just like to "Catch 'Em All" because they're just so stinkin' cute! Hopefully, this collection of gifs explains it all.