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Google Maps Pokemon Challenge on April Fools Day 2014

Google is known for its pranks which it enacts on April Fools Day. Google Maps Pokemon Master challenge (hoax) is the “in” thing this time around.

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Google Maps Pokemon Challenge on April Fools Day 2014

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Google is in on the game of pulling fast ones on April Fools Day or April 1st. That is why this time it again showed its brilliance in this department and started the Pokemon Maps hoax

Google Japan states in official blog, "After a long long study, "Pokemon master" is exactly, Google has found that it has both a well-balanced all skills that we seek. In order to pull up to a higher dimension Google Maps, to provide a map the best experience, you need the cooperation of the Pokemon master. As a result, the former Pokemon in Google, Nintendo, Game Freak, Creatures of cooperation, wade through the grass, to find the wild Pokemon, will be held catch a "mobile version of Google Maps Pokemon Challenge".

According to this game which got showcased on Google Maps, the players were invited to search for real life pokemons and pikachus hidden away in the landscape via a Google Maps arena exploration tool. The more were the pokemons that got caught and added to the index, the more were the chances of the fooled players to win a Pokemon Master title. 

"City, the wild Pokemon will inhabit everywhere in the Google Maps on the station, department store, museum, forest, lake, mountain peaks, sea, and desert. You who thought it was about to leave on a journey at once. Prior to starting the adventure, the mobile version of Google Maps latest version (do not forget Android / iOS Let's get friendly). When you start the Google Maps app, tap the search bar. Adventure begins," states Google.


But of course it was all a practical joke albeit a harmless one that was in good taste. The procedure could be performed on the Google Maps facility. All you had to do was turn on to the menu and start exploring for pokemons and pikachus hidden away in the natural scenery. 

While Google is keen on celebrating the fun side of April Fools Day, many other high-tech firms do not consider it to be appropriate. But Google is careful lest the whole deal gets out of hand. It keeps it light and entertaining and relatively benign. Nothing about the Pokemon Master game reeks of underhand or shady behavior. 

It is all just a little bit of good and clean fun that doesn’t hurt anyone in the least. Compare this to some of the other normal day-to-day activities going on online and you will see that some of them are far from innocent. 

The level of neuro-toxic rudeness that gets displayed in chat rooms not to mention the trolls that spread mental pollution on the forums shows that a lot of cleaning up still remains to be done. Were the Pokemon Master game to be enacted in real life, it may prove to be slightly time-consuming and a hassle for the players. But since it is purely in the realm of cyberspace, it doesn’t seem to matter much as far as bruised egos are concerned. 


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