Google Pokémon Challenge
Happy April Fools’ Day, and I would even pay a monthly subscription fee if the Google Pokémon Challenge were real.
Seriously – AR w/ Pokémon? HELLS FREAKING YEAH.
Okay, so the actual alternate reality stuff in the trailer seems to be fake; as it is, you can pull up Google Maps on your smartphone, click in the search bar, click on the blue “Start” button w/ a PokéBall, and then wander around maps finding small Pokémon icons. There are Pokémon Labs around (including Google’s bases in California and Japan and the CERN research facility in Switzerland), as well as Pokémon at plenty of landmarks (Empire State Building, Space Needle, Eiffel Tower, The Pyramids, etc etc).
But seriously. The alternate reality stuff they had in the trailer looked amazing – and who wouldn’t pay for that? Hell, I hate exercise and I would go jogging if it meant the chance to find/catch a Pokémon along the way. It’d be like GeoCaching, but even more gamified and better.
Google, I know you already have everything you could ever want from me and I know this is an April Fools’ Day joke, but if you make it real I will sign away my soul.
I’ll even get it stamped at a notary; this has to happen.