Russia used Pokémon Go and Black Lives Matter to meddle in the election 

At this point, it’s abundantly clear that Russia—or at least people in Russia—organized an endlessly elaborate scheme to influence the presidential election, partly by purchasing misleading and manipulative ads on Facebook and Google. Now, a report from CNN has revealed that the endlessly elaborate scheme was somehow…

Chicago’s Pokémon Go Fest sounds like it was a shitshow

Even at the height of its popularity, Pokémon Go wasn’t exactly known for its stability. For a lot of people, it was a game that they tolerated because it seemed like fun, not a game that actually was fun. Unsurprisingly, this weekend’s Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago’s Grant Park was similarly troubled, with servers and…

Pokémon Go is finally adding those new monsters, so you might as well reinstall it

It may seem like it was a decade ago, but it’s only been about seven months since everyone in the smartphone-having world became obsessed with Pokémon Go (and six months since everyone got tired of it), and now the developers at Niantic are finally adding the new batch of pocket monsters they’ve been teasing for a…

Our favorite games of 2016, part 2

Every December, instead of searching for a group consensus, Gameological looks back at the year in games through individual perspectives. These are the staffers’ personal takes on a few games that have stuck in their minds for whatever reason—big or small—and does not represent any sort of institutional expression.…

The year that broke: 16 ways 2016 let us down

The “Fuck 2016” meme didn’t emerge from a void (although it could have, given the current media climate), but rather from the ceaseless parade of jaw-dropping absurdity that’s delivered primarily on social media and is still technically referred to as “the news.” If 2015 was a year defined by outrage, the prevailing…

Pokémon Go is finally adding new Pokémon

Reminding us that “catching them all” is as futile a goal as anything else in our dumb, distraction-prone lives, developer Niantic has announced that it’s finally adding new monsters to Pokémon Go. Pokémon from the second generation of the long running game series—Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal—will now hatch from…

Impressive Pokémon Go costume harks back to when people played Pokémon Go

For a couple of glorious weeks in July, Pokémon Go was a global cultural phenomenon, inspiring think pieces, Parliamentary misconduct, hate crime accusations, Yelp updates, muggings, and death—as well as millions of darn kids (and darn adults) getting outside and enjoying some fresh air, for once. Then, as suddenly as…

This artist imagines what Pikachu’s internal organs might look like

The life of a Pokémon is not easy, essentially a gauntlet of fear, indentured servitude, and violence that only ends with a creature’s death. But the indignities do not even stop there. A talented but twisted artist named Christopher Stoll has been imagining what it might be like to dissect the little buggers and take…

These Pokémon burgers are too terrifying to eat

Pokémon Go is ubiquitous. And now instead of just catching Pokémon, you can eat them, too. According to Mashable, the new Pokémon burgers from Down-N-Out, a restaurant run by Hashtag Burgers in Sydney, Australia, are “too freaking adorable to even eat.” But after one glance, we have come to a different conclusion:…

This 24-hour Pokémon Go channel is weirdly hypnotic

For those who’ve decided to go whole hog on the game, Pokémon Go can be fairly time-consuming. After all, those Dratini aren’t going to catch themselves. But for those who need even more Pokémon in their lives, Cornflix TV has launched a 24-hour Pokémon Go-themed channel. It’s a curated, non-stop collection of YouTube…

This Pokemon Go helmet is safe, convenient, and sexy

Oliver Stone has warned that Pokémon Go paves the way to a totalitarian state. Rihanna and Iran banned it. Russia is wary. But one brave catcher of ’em all has stepped up to say we shouldn’t be banning the game, we should be embracing it and making it even more user friendly. Simone Giertz—also known as the Queen Of…

This baby neither needs nor wants help playing a mobile game

Playing a game on one’s phone, be it Candy Crush or Angry Birds, has become a classic method for disengaging from society even when surrounded by other people, those irksome pests. It’s visual shorthand for “Please leave me alone. I am doing something of vital importance, and you simply cannot be a part of that.” This…

Twitter gets another MRA (Magikarp Rights Activist)

There’s a lot of competition when it comes to the most useless Pokémon. Pidgeys and Rattata are overpopulated, Metapod and Kakuna just sit there, and Psyduck is kind of a hot mess. But if there’s one pointless Pokémon that takes the cake, it’s Magikarp—the flopping goldfish that’s pretty much useless unless you manage…

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