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A Catholic Group Just Released Its Own Version Of Pokemon Go Where You Collect Saints

Sadly, the saints aren't just Pokemon in robes.

Just over two years ago, Pokémon Go took the world by storm, and even though the hype has died down since then, others are still trying to replicate Niantic’s success.

Others like the Catholic Church, for example.

Catholic evangelical group, Fundación Ramón Pané, has released their own version of the popular mobile game, and it’s called ‘Follow JC Go!’ because they’re not even pretending that it’s an original idea.

The game, which is currently only available in Spanish, consists of your character encountering saints and characters from the Bible and answering questions about them.

So Moses might ask you, “Was it me who said ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And if you answer correctly (the answer is no – Jesus said it), Moses will join your Evangelisation Team. Yay!

Go on, follow him!In addition to collecting saints and other biblical characters, you can also collect money, bread, water and spirituality in order to keep your character healthy.

Do you like my purple hair?

The game encourages players to stop and pray if they pass a church, and also enables players to donate to charity within the app.

While the game wasn’t developed by the Vatican itself, apparently the Pope is a fan. The executive director of the group behind the game told CruxNow:

“You know Francis is not a very technological person, but he was in awe, he understood the idea, what we were trying to do: combine technology with evangelization.”

Not a very technological person? The man has nine Twitter accounts!

According to the BBC, a team of 43 designers, Bible experts, and Catholic Church historians have spent 32,000 hours on the app since August 2016, thanks to $500,000 worth of private donations. What a fantastic use of money!

“Who’da thought learning about religion could be fun?!”

Think of this game as the Methuselah Rookie Card for a new generation. Flanders would approve.

This Italian Streetwear Label Just Debuted A Pokémon Line At Milan Fashion Week And I Never Knew How Much I Needed Jigglypuff Boots Until Now

If you can't afford anything else, there's always Pikachu socks.

Italian streetwear label GCDS, or ‘God Can’t Destroy Streetwear’ (was he trying to?), debuted their Spring/Summer 2019 line at Milan Fashion Week earlier this week, and it’s every 90’s kid’s dream.

Several models walked the runway decked out in some amazing Pokémon inspired pieces, including jumpers, playsuits, thigh-high boots and socks.

One of the models even had Pikachu makeup on, which looked a little more creepy than cute. Another had what I think are supposed to be Pikachu’s ears on her head, but the ones I bought from EB Games are much more accurate, tbh.

These are the key Pikachu pieces:

(Why does Pikachu look so sad on the jumper? I want to give him a hug.)

And these are the key Jigglypuff pieces:

(Of course Jigglypuff is angry, it’s her natural state!)

There were also Pikachu thigh-high boots:

And the Jigglypuff ensemble really is a sight:

The line hasn’t been released yet, but all of the pieces are ready-to-wear, so they should be available from GCDS’ website eventually. Since they’re not out yet, we don’t know how much everything will cost, but you can expect to pay over $500 for the jumpers and the playsuit, and over $600 for the boots.

This isn’t the brand’s first appeal to the nostalgic children in all of us: their last collection included a bunch of Disney/Mickey Mouse items.

In addition to all the Pokémon cuteness, the brand also had models walking the runway who were sporting…three breasts? Are we in the Year 3000?!

I’m scared and confused. I think I’ll just stick to admiring the Pokémon boots.

You can watch the entire show on YouTube, triple-breasted models and all, if you’re keen.

(Header photo courtesy of GCDS)

A New Pokémon Has Been Introduced Via Pokémon Go And It's Literally Just Ditto With A Nut On Its Head

I really think they're running out of ideas now.

Last Saturday, during the Chikorita Community Day event, the handful of people still playing Pokémon Go (of which I am one) noticed a bizarre, never-before-seen Pokémon spawning on their maps. The creature had been uncovered by data miners the day before, but for the majority of players, this was their first encounter with the strange new Pokémon (many thought it was a glitch at first).

It appeared in the ‘nearby’ panel as a shadow, indicating a Pokémon that hasn’t been caught and registered in the Pokédex yet, and when found, would appear with the message “A wild ??? appeared!”

??? is right.

Users were confused, doubly so when the Pokémon would simply transform into a Ditto upon being captured (Ditto can transform into any Pokémon, and in Pokémon Go, can be found masquerading as common Pokémon like Pidgey, Rattata and Sentret).

This meant that the mysterious new Pokémon could not be registered in the Pokédex, and was basically acting as a teaser. But a teaser for what?

Surprise!

Fortunately, everything became clear last night when Pokémon announced that this new creature was Meltan, a mythical Hex Nut Pokémon.

It’s literally a silver Ditto with a nut on its head and an Unown’s eye thrown in there so the thing can see.

Why.

According to Pokémon, “Meltan has a body made from liquid metal, and its shape is very fluid. It uses its liquid arms and legs to corrode metal and absorb it into its own body.” It then uses the metal it’s absorbed to generate electricity.

This is the first time a Pokémon has been introduced via Pokémon Go, and Pokémon have explained that ‘further research’ will be conducted on the creature via the app as well as the upcoming Pokémon: Let’s Go! games.

New creatures are typically introduced in the core series games (so Red/Green, Sun/Moon and so on), but considering Pokémon: Let’s Go!‘s integration with Pokémon Go, this makes a kind of sense. (As for whether Meltan will count as part of the existing Gen VII or the future Gen VIII, that’s already being debated.)

Someone suggested that since its head is a nut, placing a bunch of Meltans together might create a new, super-powerful Pokémon. That would definitely be interesting, and make Meltan worthy of its new mythical status. Otherwise it’s just a Ditto who got its head stuck in a toolbox.

And I thought the Pokémon that was literally just a set of keys was bad.

You are uninspired.

(Original header photo courtesy of Game Freak/Niantic/Pokemon Company)

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