Reality collides with fantasy -- and that's not a bad thing

07/15/2016 07:37 AM EDT
There's a Clefairy lurking on Main Street. A Chamander is hanging out at an obscure memorial. And if you manage to get yourself to that pretty church on the Common, you might be able to snag yourself a Snorlax before doing battle with the neighbor who controls the gym. 
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