1705: Pokémon Go
Title text: Still waiting for the Pokémon Go update that lets you capture strangers' pets.
| This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: Still early explanation. More info needed on the game. Is the underlighting not also how they look on the screen of the real game? Link to black hat comic.|
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Due to the popularity of the Pokémon franchise, after Pokémon GO's release in America on July 6, 2016, many fans of the series have been walking around with their smartphones out to capture and battle Pokémon, sometimes looking very ridiculous in the process.
Randall jokes that he has replicated the AR properties of the Pokémon in the app (that is, when you encounter a Pokémon, it is a small computer-generated sprite placed over your phone's front camera image that moves about your screen, giving the appearance of a "real" Pokémon in front of you). Randall's real life plastic models of various Pokémon has been constructed so they would seem to fit on a smartphone screen due to perspective, he has embedded a gyroscope in them so they wobble about their base giving them the appearance of basic computer-created movement, and as a final touch he has added a subtle underlighting to give them a slightly computer-generated look compared to the real world around them. These effects combined fools avid Pokémon GO players into taking out their smartphone to capture the Pokémon for their game, when in fact it is just a toy sitting in front of them, and they should have known this as mentioned above. In this comic Randall displays the Pokémon called Squirtle which looks like a little turtle. Such a complicated contraption would probably be very difficult to make and quite valuable for the Pokémon Go fan when he realized it is a real world object, so after they have been fooled they would probably be happy to brig back this trophy.
The suggested prank is harmless, but in Missouri armed criminals have taken advantage of the game's location sharing to lure unwitting players into secluded areas and rob them.
This comic is part of the My Hobby series. In this case, the hobby is pranking players of Pokémon Go by replicating the appearance of the augmented reality mechanic.
In the title text, Randall is still waiting for an update that allows capture of strangers' pets- besides the obvious, playing by the rules of Pokémon only wild Pokémon can be caught (not any with an owner). However, in the Pokémon Colosseum games, through the use of a specialized device the player steals from the villains, the player can capture other trainers' Pokémon. This is also a callback to an earlier strip wherein Black Hat wishes for a Pokéball that works on strangers' pets.
- [Cueball walks in to the frame from the left. On the sidewalk in front of him is a small Pokémon figure looking like a standing tortoise with a long tail. Lines around it indicate that it is moving forth and back (wobbling), and circle lines below indicate that there is light below it. The exact position of the Pokémon and these lines around it change through all four images, but stays almost in the same position.]
- [Cueball takes out his smart phone and points it's camera at the Pokémon while looking at the screen.]
- [Cueball shakes his smart phone violently up and down indicated with four to five gray drawings of his arm and phone below and above one solid black copy of the hand and phone. There are also two gray lines above and below the outer gray phones to indicate this shaking.]
- [Cueball has lowered his smart phone and just stands there looking at the wobbling Pokémon.]
- Cueball: ???
- [Caption below the panel:]
- My hobby: Building plastic Pokémon with subtle underlighting and a gyroscope to make them drift back and forth, then leaving them sitting around to mess with Pokémon Go players.
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