Google celebrates April Fools’ Day with Pokemon challenge
Continuing its tradition of playing pranks on April Fools' Day, Internet search giant Google on Monday launched a Pokemon Challenge and asked web users to capture a bunch of little monsters to get the newly available position of Pokemon Master.
In the accompanied video, Google executive Brian McClendon joked that recruits must capture all 150 Pokemons from their far-flung hideouts from around the globe.
Playing the prank, McClendon said, "It's always been important to us to have the most qualified employees at Google. Now using the technology created by the Google Maps team, we've prepared the most rigorous test known to man to find the world's best Pokemon Master."
The deadline for catching all 150 Pokemons is April 2, 2014.
The real Pokemon Challenge is a mini-game layered on top of Google's Maps interface, and that there is no actual Pokemon Master gig.
Google has a long tradition of playing pranks on April Fools' Day. In 2013, the company had launched a smart little device called Google Wallet Mobile ATM that easily would attach to smartphones and dispense money instantly.
In the previous years, Google celebrated April Fools' Day by announcing the launch a Gmail Paper, with its 96 per cent post-consumer organic soybean sputum, and Project Virgle that promised first permanent human colony on Mars.