In case you’ve been taking a Snorlax-like nap over the past week, Pokémon Go is all the rage. The app has made Nintendo billions, caused multiple car accidents, injured dozens more, solved our national obesity crisis, inspired a remix contest, ended a romantic relationship, helped rescue dogs, and renewed interest in a Pokémon movie, which is really good news for Weird Al. In other words, it’s as popular as Pidgey is annoying (that’s the kind of reference you can make without getting a wedgie… for this week, only).
Pokémon Go was developed by Niantic, and one of the California company’s product marketers, Archit Bhargava, recently told GameSpot that “we’re really trying to create the genre of real-world gaming. No one’s really done this in a way that we were all excited about.” He added, “It’s all about getting people moving, getting them exploring the world around them.” Such as:
“We’re not that worried about the effect that each game might have on the other, but what we’re hoping is that with both these games, the overall pie of real world games will increase. There could be a board game you could make in the real world where people are capturing locations like Risk or something. My personal fantasy is like a Game of Thrones game where Westeros is mapped out on Earth and you join House Stark or whatever.” (Via)
A real-world Game of Thrones app would hog any precious free time that hasn’t already been claimed by Pokémon Go, but I still want it. The possibilities are endless. It wouldn’t be that hard to develop, either. Put some dark scales on Charizard, and boom, you’ve got yourself a Drogon. Growlithe can easily be manipulated to look like Ghost. Podrick has already volunteered to pose for Diglett with his “magic cock.” Three down, 148 more to go.