Pokemon GO is sweeping the nation. Everywhere you look, people are glued to their phones trying to catch em all.
Whilst enthusiastic trainers are assembling a team mighty enough to take down their local gym leader (ourselves included), lets take a minute to appreciate the 7 craziest Pokémon stories we’ve heard over the past few weeks.
1. Guy gets caught cheating thanks to Pokemon Go
Poor Evan the love rat(tata).
After “canoodling” with an ex-girlfriend, Evan thought he’d catch a few Pokemon to keep his Poke-mentum going.
After all, it wasn’t like he was going to visit this area often – especially as his then-current partner was back in Queens.
So how did his partner find out about his cheating ways?
Here’s the thing:
Pokemon Go uses a geolocation feature to pinpoint exactly where each Pokemon was caught. Looking through his collection, she noticed he caught a Pokemon at his ex’s location.
Is catching a rare Pokemon worth losing a partner over? We’ll leave you to decide.
If you want to read the full piece, head over to the New York Post.
2. Walking to catch Pokemon is so 1998
As gamers, walking isn’t top of our agenda.
We instead opt for the excitement of neck, eye and hand strain, due our lack of mobility.
The thought of travelling across towns and cities to catch ’em all is completely horrifying.
One cunning Go player found a sneaky way around the monstrosity known as exercise by strapping his Android to a DJI Phantom drone and mirroring his phone screen on his laptop using a program called Airdroid.
Yes, it’s cheating, but who cares! We’re sick of those darn Pidgeys too.
This trick allows you to hatch eggs without that 5/10km walk, giving you better Pokemon than what you’ll find out in the wild.
How exactly? It’s pretty simple:
Drones have the ability to fly slow enough to trick your phone into thinking it’s you walking.
Head to The Verge if you’re even considering replicating this ridiculousness yourself.
3. Israeli Army Warns Soldiers Over Pokemon Go Craze
But not being able to catch a rare Pokemon because it might endanger your country sucks even more.
According to Haaretz, The Israel Defense Force has issued a message to soldiers that Pokemon Go is not to be used on military bases.
Why you say?
Because “the game is a source for gathering information”, reads a warning issued by the IDF’s Information Security Department.
As well as being forbidden to catch any Pokemon, soldiers aren’t allowed to “check in” at bases during military activities, as well as post any pictures of the game.
4. Guy quits job to be a Pokemon Master
Tom Currie of New Zeland is officially a full-time Pokemon hunter.
I’ve just checked his Linkedin. No sign of a profile update just yet.
The 24-year-old quit his job to embark on a two-month tour of the country, with the aim of capturing all 151 Pokemon.
Currie has booked 20 bus trips and, in less than a week, has visited six South Island towns – catching a Pokemon at every stop.
As of writing he’s captured 90 of 151 Pokemon.
I just don’t have the heart to tell him that another 99+ Pokemon are on their way…
5. Pokémon Go Trainers Are Now Advertising on Craigslist
Let’s face it:
If you want to be the very best that no one ever was, you’re probably going to need a helping hand in the process.
Meet, erm, ‘Golbat-chan.’
We don’t know what that means either (It’s probably a 4chan thing.)
She’s offering her services as a “professional Pokemon Go trainer” and promises to “help YOU become the very best” for $20 an hour.
She’ll walk around your city for one to four hours and capture every creature she comes across, focusing on specific types (fire, water etc.)
As part of her excellent reporting, she’ll send you hourly progress updates and offer you strategy tips – if you so require.
Apparently it began as a joke, however her “natural love for Pokemon” suddenly made her think about the financial benefits to this.
Her post has since been taken off Craigslist because, let’s be honest, it’s ridiculous.
6. Teens, mistaken for thieves, shot whilst playing Pokemon Go
This one’s a little less lighthearted.
Two teenagers playing Pokemon Go late at night were shot at by a homeowner who mistook them for burglars.
The man accused of shooting the teenagers admitted hearing the pair say “did you get anything”?
Fortunatly nobody was hurt.
Yes it was late and night and yes they could have been mistaken for “staking out” the property, but surely if the gunman overheard the teenagers talking about ‘what they got’ BEFORE the ‘burglary,’ one would just make the assumption that they weren’t thieves but instead, just kids playing a game, right?
7. A Vaporeon sends New York into frenzy
In what could only be compared to the second coming of Jesus, a Vaporeon appeared at Central Park on Saturday 16th July, 2016.
For those who don’t know what a Vaporeon is, it’s a kick ass water Pokemon that looks like a hybrid of a cat and the Dilophosaur that kills Nedry in Jurrasic Park.
It’s also rare. Very rare.
People went CRAZY. Cars were abandoned, and crowds flocked to the other side of the street to catch this rare creature.
And it all started when one man shouted “A VAPOREON IS HERE” – apparently.
Players had only a few minutes to catch the Pokemon. Once it has been caught by another player, it disappears.
Let the Hunger Games begin!
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