This university lets students play Pokémon Go as part of their degree

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Students at Salford University in the UK may soon have to capture Pokémon as part of their degree.

According to the Daily Mail, those studying the Business Information Technology course at an undergraduate level will have to play Pokémon Go.

How the app relates to the course isn't immediately clear. However, Salford University lecturer Dr David Kreps says that it will make the course more accessible, and easier to grasp. Pokémon Go, he says, fits perfectly with that.

"It uses various information systems that are accessed over the internet, a digital camera and a GPS location sensor."

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Bryce Harper: Charmeleon

If Bryce could safely play baseball with a burning flame emerging from his hair, don't you think he would've already?

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Yoenis Cespedes: Blastoise

The biggest difference here is Blastoise has two cannons while Cespedes only has one -- but, hey, we've never actually seen him throw with his left arm. So who knows?

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Usain Bolt: Jolteon

Bolteon? Bolteon.

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Brock Lesnar: Rhydon

Pokemon probably aren't able to get tattoos, but that's the only thing that could make this one more accurate.

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Conor McGregor: Machamp

His opponents have probably envisioned him having four arms before, one would think.

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Damian Lillard: Magmar

The "Spitfire" species seems fitting for the best rapper in the NBA.

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Draymond Green: Geodude


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J.J Watt: Golem

If J.J. went a few months without clipping his nails, there would be literally no distinction between the two.

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Venus Williams: Vulpix

Fiery, beloved -- and only outclassed by one sibling in her field.

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Serena Williams: Ninetails

The epitome of fire and domination.

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Marshawn Lynch: Rhyhorn


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Mike Woodson: Diglett

No, he's not an active athlete. But c'mon.

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Ndamukong Suh: Gengar

The smug looks on both faces says it all.

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Michael Phelps: Seadra

Who would win in a race? 

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Ronda Rousey: Hitmonchan

So strong. So intimidating. But vulnerable in one key area...

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Holly Holm: Hitmonlee

That. Kick.

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Steph Curry: Pikachu

Everyone's lovable hero that could do no wrong... right?

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Klay Thompson: Raichu

In theory, he should be better than Pikachu. He's bigger, more athletic -- but still not quite as desirable.

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Robin Lopez: Tangela

Sometimes you wonder how he can even see.

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LeBron James: Articuno

If this past NBA Finals didn't prove that he has ice in his veins, then nothing will.

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Jose Altuve: Charmander

The bite-sized catalyst that anybody would want to start their team with.

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Pablo Sandoval: Snorlax

Perhaps Panda is just assuming the Snorlax position until spring training.

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Russell Westbrook: Electrode

This outfit definitely fits the most electrifying player in the NBA.

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Phil Kessel: Dragonite

The talented, if slightly pudgy, star that you'd take on your squad in a heartbeat.

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Johnny Manziel: Magikarp

He should, one day, amount to something great. But for the extended future -- and maybe forever -- he's merely a Magikarp.

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Crying Jordan: Gloom

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Kreps also emphasized that while the course requires students to play Pokémon Go, it will get "a little more complicated" than just catching endless amounts of Rattata.

This isn't the first time Pokémon Go has been used in an academic setting. The University of Idaho offers a class called Pop Culture Games, where playing Pokémon Go is a requirement to pass.

Course instructor Steven Bird says "This app does more than let you shoot a Pokéball. You get to adventure around, seeing different things, being active, seeing the sun. It allows you to move in large groups and a team. You get not only physical activity, but you also get team-building and leadership."

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