What is Pokemon Go and how does it work? Kim Horcher of Nerd Alert explains to Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“SAN FRANCISCO — There are video games that go viral overnight, causing people to coop themselves up in their homes for days to play.

But the opposite has happened with Pokémon Go, a free smartphone game that has soared to the top of the download charts: It has sent people into streets and parks, onto beaches and even out to sea in a kayak in the week since it was released. The game — in which players try to capture exotic monsters from Pokémon, the Japanese cartoon franchise — uses a combination of ordinary technologies built into smartphones, including location tracking and cameras, to encourage people to visit public landmarks, seeking virtual loot and collectible characters that they try to nab.

Boon Sheridan, a resident of Holyoke, Mass., has seen the activity firsthand. His home, a converted gable-roofed church that once attracted worshipers, had without his knowledge been designated a Pokémon “gym,” a place where players who reach Level 5 in the game must go to train their Pokémon characters. In the last week, as the game became the most downloaded and top grossing app, he has been wondering how to explain to neighbors all the people who congregated on the sidewalk and pulled up at odd hours.

“I want to make sure I tell them, ‘Hey, I’m not a drug dealer,’” Mr. Sheridan said. “I know there are people pulling up in front of the house all the time, but trust me I have no say in this.”

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  74 comments for “Pokémon Go EXPLAINED

  1. Deka Red
    July 18, 2016 at 4:23 AM

    I really hope South Park will make a pokemon go episode. “Chimpokomon GO”

    • Skid Shimi
      July 18, 2016 at 7:08 AM

      How else will edgy internet teens know what their opinion is supposed to be
      if South Park doesn’t inform them?

    • Deka Red
      July 18, 2016 at 7:14 AM

      Matt Stone Trey Parker if your listening: season 20 Chimpokomon Go – return
      of the Japanese invasion.

    • Harrison Knockers
      July 18, 2016 at 10:31 AM

      My great big American penis can’t wait.

    • Sukkasanteri
      July 18, 2016 at 3:37 PM

      why do i think they will add it into fractured but whole

    • Deka Red
      July 18, 2016 at 5:54 PM

      +Sukkasanteri Even better

  2. Zendrig
    July 18, 2016 at 1:25 AM

    Still waiting for the part where you “explain” Pokemon Go.

    • Prow Prowsky
      July 18, 2016 at 6:23 AM


    • toast1012
      July 18, 2016 at 3:51 PM

      yup, mw too. clickbait. this is just cenk acting like the white male he
      really is.

    • skoda10
      July 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM

      +toast1012 uh.. but they did explain it in the video though.

  3. Nethr
    July 17, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    I bet PETA is super pissed about this.

    • django chubbinz
      July 18, 2016 at 12:34 AM

      peta is pissed 99% of the time

    • theHedgex1
      July 18, 2016 at 1:52 AM

      oh i can’t wait for that news

    • Harrison Knockers
      July 18, 2016 at 10:29 AM

      Why hasn’t the Onion made a story about this yet?

  4. substring
    July 17, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Everyone should be playing Pokemon GO instead of shooting each other with

    • OngoingSky93
      July 18, 2016 at 10:13 AM

      1 MIL+ Likes!

    • Yamikaiba123
      July 18, 2016 at 10:36 AM

      Gangs should settle their disputes with Pokemon battles, or at least
      children’s card games.

    • Mathias B.
      July 18, 2016 at 12:11 PM


    • markaz08
      July 18, 2016 at 4:17 PM

      tell that to isis..

  5. hellcat1988
    July 17, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    The one named Cenk…. Is it a snorlax?

    • Skull yoshi mcb
      July 18, 2016 at 2:16 AM


    • Patrick Blanchette
      July 18, 2016 at 2:26 AM

      There should be a Mister Mime named Jimmy Dore

    • hellcat1988
      July 18, 2016 at 2:35 AM

      +Patrick Blanchette
      Are you kidding? When has Jimmy ever kept quiet enough to even jokingly
      refer to him as a mime?

  6. Malik Rath
    July 17, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    What a sad life you must have to be paid to dislike every TYT video.

    • CjMaxwell15
      July 18, 2016 at 5:02 PM

      +Brit Stormy well said…

    • Malik Rath
      July 18, 2016 at 5:44 PM

      +Morgan Rath They didn’t talk about race at all in this video, YOU did,
      you’re the race baiter, and if you dislike every story automatically
      doesn’t that show clear bias?
      Tell me then, what did you dislike about he video?

    • Malik Rath
      July 18, 2016 at 5:46 PM

      +Snow Only establishment cronies pay for that kind of thing.

    • Malik Rath
      July 18, 2016 at 5:48 PM

      +Sti599888 Yes they do google it moron. Hillary and Trump made it into a
      million dollar industry this election.

  7. andrew ralicki
    July 17, 2016 at 8:50 PM

    Cenk is such a deadbeat

    • andrew ralicki
      July 17, 2016 at 8:50 PM

      He’s the only one saying this is too “nerdy”

  8. Kris Richard
    July 17, 2016 at 8:19 PM


    • koopinator
      July 18, 2016 at 12:51 PM

      Although I consider myself to be a right winger, I still watch TYT to
      listen to opposing views.

    • AngryTuberF0rareason
      July 18, 2016 at 3:25 PM

      I don’t watch the videos, i just dislike all they’re videos.

    • toast1012
      July 18, 2016 at 3:52 PM

      you dont carry a gun cause you can stop a truck with your face, moron.

  9. The Bling Dynasty
    July 17, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Kim Horcher looks like she has down syndrome for some reason.

    • matkojapan
      July 18, 2016 at 2:14 AM

      I think she’s hot!

  10. Bobby Rogers
    July 17, 2016 at 8:15 PM

    Pokemon Go is white privilege. Don’t ask me how either.

    • Janice from Accounting
      July 18, 2016 at 9:51 AM

      +Zymothy Vynn
      You might not be more suspicious of black people than white people walking
      around, but a big chuck of society will react differently to seeing a black
      person running around vs a white person running around.

      You don’t even have to be on peoples properties.
      If you a black person walking around aimlessly(looking for pokemon) on
      public property at night, many people will be suspicious. Less people would
      be suspicious when your white.

    • Zymothy Vynn
      July 18, 2016 at 12:47 PM

      +Janice from Accounting A big chunk. Not all. You don’t know the minds of
      every human being on the planet.

    • Trey Young
      July 18, 2016 at 12:52 PM

      +thisnotjesus lol

  11. Ben Holman
    July 17, 2016 at 8:14 PM

    I love how completely lost Cenk is about all this. He’s like my grandfather
    using a computer.

    • valentin4155
      July 18, 2016 at 6:53 PM

      He should’ve started with “I’m gonna be Grandpa Cenk SORRY!”. JOHN found a
      Diglett in a van lol!

  12. Breaking Barbir
    July 17, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    *” Congratulations, you caught a race-baitchu”. Cenk: “YES!”* *:-)*

    • Jason Wedderburn
      July 17, 2016 at 11:55 PM


  13. Quintin Joseph
    July 17, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    – Too Many Rattatas
    2/10 IGN

    • Mariusz J
      July 18, 2016 at 3:34 AM

      *pays IGN* now what the score is?

    • Ashcool
      July 18, 2016 at 4:26 AM

      So? Just catch every Ratttata you find. It’ll give you stardust to power up
      other Pokemon and the Rattata candy can be used to upgrade your a Rattata
      to a Raticate. Just catch a Rattata and then throw it out immediately.
      That’s what I have been doing with them as well as with Pidgeys.

    • Connor Siedow
      July 18, 2016 at 8:00 AM

      *Pokemon Go takes place on a world primarily made of water*

      IGN doesn’t complain about it.

  14. gamerplay
    July 17, 2016 at 8:08 PM


    • Oklahoman Mapper
      July 17, 2016 at 8:27 PM

      My thought exactly.

    • Stampede
      July 17, 2016 at 8:33 PM

      Trump’s response on facebook was pretty spot on:


      July 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

      Cebu actually admits that he doesn’t know, whereas Hillary pretends to know

  15. facefister69
    July 17, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    I used to like these guys…

    • skoda10
      July 18, 2016 at 4:15 PM

      +IdarkphoenixI i should know? well i don’t :p care to explain it to me?
      and i absolutely don’t think people are being pushed away because they only
      get more and more subscribers. what’s happening is that tyt is becoming
      bigger and more famous and with more people watching there will be more
      people liking them but also more people disliking them. but people
      disliking things usually don’t go away, they just keep watching and saying
      that they don’t like it.
      the most popular guy on youtube disabled comments on his videos because he
      got so much hateful comments.

    • skoda10
      July 18, 2016 at 4:18 PM

      +No Name they have always made a full show then cut it into small videos
      for upload on youtube and in every show there have been lighter segments
      like this one that isn’t news, it’s not a new thing they have started with.
      and every time trolls gets something to complain about and saying “is this
      news?! unsubscribing”.

    • IdarkphoenixI
      July 18, 2016 at 4:24 PM

      More subscribers yet their sub-to-view ratio per video is at best 10% and
      having more subscribers doesn’t mean that people who used to like them
      aren’t being pushed away due to their increasingly extremist views, you
      just threw out a total red herring there.

      But you know what, it’s just much easier to discard those guys, call them
      all trolls/dislike bots and move on, not accepting the fact that TYT has
      taken a significant change in it’s mantra.

    • IdarkphoenixI
      July 18, 2016 at 5:49 PM

      I love how triggered you get that people out there could possibly have a
      legitimate dislike of TYT.

  16. Paul
    July 17, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Here come the unnecessary dislikes 🙄

    • Martin Madrid
      July 18, 2016 at 2:41 AM


    • Timo Vamio
      July 18, 2016 at 3:57 AM

      Here come the unnecessary comments 🙄

    • NightWatch707
      July 18, 2016 at 5:43 PM

      Disliked for fear-mongering about the accounts. Yes, Niantic did
      accidentally collect some information briefly but they didn’t even have the
      systems to make sense of it in anyway.

  17. Gandalf the white
    July 17, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    why are all the majority of Pokémon male I think it is sexist do you agree

    • veel60
      July 18, 2016 at 8:05 AM

      I used to only want male pokemons, and throw out the females (I liked blue!
      purely aesthethical )

    • Cass WantsPie
      July 18, 2016 at 12:26 PM

      +veel60 Nidoran Female is blue tho.

    • veel60
      July 18, 2016 at 12:29 PM

      +Cass WantsPie True, with the gender specific pokemons I didn’t mind.

  18. Kedron Mallia
    July 17, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    “Don’t you have to find the little fuckers” xD

    • Cataclysm49
      July 18, 2016 at 4:29 AM

      “Well you can look around… wait, what did you say?”

    • Harrison Knockers
      July 18, 2016 at 10:26 AM

      She is the main Host for “Nerd Alert”. She also guest hosts “Think Tank”
      from time to time. Both shows are a part of the TYT network.

    • Hasanshi sado
      July 18, 2016 at 12:45 PM

      +Cataclysm49 hahaha I was just about to quote that

    • PokeCoins For Free
      July 18, 2016 at 3:01 PM

      ➥ plus.google.com/117334913089120523612/posts/BiLN9TqhNre

  19. Priestess Anastasia....
    July 17, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    Milo is Fabulous and Steven Crowder to.

    • Prow Prowsky
      July 18, 2016 at 6:24 AM

      They both suck so hard its not even funny anymore.

    • Priestess Anastasia....
      July 18, 2016 at 7:48 AM


    • Rodney Bruce
      July 18, 2016 at 3:57 PM

      +Karm A AGREED

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