Pokémon Go Actually Started as an April Fool’s Joke at Google in 2014

Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that has completely taken over your Facebook newsfeed, was actually just an April Fools’ joke at Google over two years ago.

Back in 2014, Google released a video titled “Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge.” The video, published on March 31 on YouTube, was essentially a hiring ad for Google introducing a fake system for catching Pokémon all over the world using augmented reality.

The video opens:

“At Google we seek to hire the most exceptional...


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