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The Secret History of Pokémon GO: How was Pokémon GO created?

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Whether you love it or loathe it, you've got to admit that the Pokémon GO craze is more than a bit fascinating – and the secret history of how it was created may be the most interesting thing about it.

So what's the inside scoop on Pokémon GO? It turns out the idea was actually spawned back in 2014 thanks to a Google April Fools' Day joke.

Using Google Maps it created the Pokémon Challenge, a mini-game that encouraged you to try and capture the fictional monsters when using the app.

Releasing the video you see below, the company wrote:

"Dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps.

"To catch 'em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android."

Related: How to play Pokémon GO – tips and tricks

Sound familiar?

At the time, Pokémon GO developer Niantic was part of the Google empire, and its CEO John Hanke apparently took the idea more seriously than most.

Niantic eventually split with Google and the rest, as they say, is history – Pokémon GO is now bigger than the likes of Tinder, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter.

Not bad for a prank.

Watch: What is Pokémon GO?

Have you downloaded Pokémon GO yet? Let us know what you think of the game in the comments below.

James Gonzales

July 19, 2016, 8:00 am

yeah, maybe one of those other google jokes will come true one day..

Forlifer

July 22, 2016, 1:09 am

I think this is a very dangerous thing and needs to be nipped in the bud right now. One death has been attributed to this insane game. I will not allow my grandchildren to participate in what could be hay day for pediophiles.

patriotic_usa_citizen

July 22, 2016, 11:21 pm

how many died in car crashes? should we nip that in the bud also?

Stupid People Hater

July 23, 2016, 4:00 am

I think the best way to infiltrate a country is to see how many idiots will chase a fictional character and use their smart phone to capture all of the surrounding territory to find out where all the idiots are hanging out. People are so freakin stupid....

David

August 12, 2016, 9:06 pm

You think that's the *best* way?

You clearly live in a terrifyingly fear based world of play-pretend that's kind of magical in the unlimited possibilities it feeds your ego as to how fortunate you are that your razor sharp intellect and free thinking enables you tower above the sheeple, and that only you can see The Truth(tm) :)

Don't look into the abyss of stupid people, you may not like what stares back at you.

Shirley Brown

September 1, 2016, 1:16 am

you're a people hater, and stupid

Stupid People Hater

September 24, 2016, 3:52 am

No I have a brain and I use it.

Stupid People Hater

September 24, 2016, 3:54 am

The abyss of stupid people is overwhelming at this point in time.

Stupid People Hater

November 10, 2016, 3:08 am

Lol! Hahaha

Stupid People Hater

November 10, 2016, 3:12 am

And you clearly sound like you need something important to do. I live in a world full of people who have no common sense what so ever. And yes that is pretty frightening. I'm just wondering how many of the poor little fools are going to need help fending for themselves when the shtf.

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