Pokemon Go porn is here. And it’s really weird.

Following the launch of Pokemon Go, Niantic’s awesome new Augmented Reality gaming app, people of all ages have been roaming the streets looking to grab a Gengar, pick up a Pikachu or simply jack a Jigglypuff.

While the app has certainly received a lot of positive attention – encouraging gamers to go outside and interact with the world – it hasn’t taken long for the internet to ruin it for everyone.

Yes, it was only a matter of time before the darkest depths of the internet invoked Rule 34 and turned Pokemon Go into a yet another platform for digital filth.

Since the app’s launch in early July, nearly one hundred Pokemon Go porn parodies have been uploaded online, with many including a disturbing combination of costumes, CGI and – worst of all – prosthetic make-up. I won’t burden you with direct links, but I’m sure those of you with a taste for adventure are quite capable of exploring the genre in your own time. What I will say however, is that the sheer notion of two tired old porn stars trying to sound sexy while listing the names of Pokemon is both hilarious and deeply disturbing. Suffice to say I’ll never look at a Cloyster the same way again.

While it’s easy to dismiss these videos as the opportunist creations of a few bizarre fetishists, the truth is that the demand for adult Pokemon content has never been higher.

As Google’s trend data highlights, searches for “Pokemon porn” have skyrocketed since the game’s release:

Pokemon Go Porn

Pornhub’s own analytics data further supports this trend, highlighting a massive 136% increase in searches since the game’s release. The site’s statistics also attribute the majority of these searches to 18-24 year old males – no shock there.

Pokemon Go Porn

So what does this trend tell us about the culture of the internet age?

Well, firstly it tells us that gamers watch a lot of porn. Secondly, it tells us that in the same way art often imitates life, porn imitates geo-targeted Japanese mobile augmented reality applications.

Most important of all though, it tells that we, as a species, can never have nice things.

No matter how much we build, nor how many amazing technologies we discover, someone, somewhere, will use them to wank themselves into a coma; probably with a latex bag over their head and a pokeball-themed gag in their mouth.

That’s just something that we as a species must learn to expect.

 

Benjamin Jones
Benjamin Jones
Ben is a contributing author at Half Empty with a focus on video games, social media and the downfall of our crumbling society.