“At Google, we seek to hire the most exceptional people,” the narrator of a video posted yesterday explains. This year, Google‘s April Fools’ contribution involves a false job listing of the most awesome kind; Pokémon Master.
The video shows potential future Google employees – or, eh, Pokémon Masters – scouring the world in search of Pokémon to catch via augmented reality on mobile devices, dubbed “the most rigorous test known to man.”
Whilst the job listing isn’t at all true nor possible (as much as we’d all like it to be), the iOS and Android Google Maps Pokémon Master challenge featured in the video is totally legit. Tap the Start button next to the Pokéball icon and embark on a sort-of-real-life map-based adventure not too far detached from the original series, but with enough reality thrown into the mix for the experience to feel unusually fun.
There’ll be no rock climbing or cave raiding involved unless that’s your day job (which would be freaking awesome anyway), as all Trainers are required to do is zoom into certain areas and catch the critters with a few taps of the index finger; despite Google having experimented with augmented reality for some time, the technology is still in some relative infancy, and having Pokémon materialise in the ‘real world’ though via the screens of mobile devices could easily put some eager fans at risk of being hit by something wheeled and made of metal.
The Google Pokédex includes 150 kinds of Pokémon to catch, although not all are the original 150 Pokémon that we came to know and love back in the 90s. How many have you caught so far?