Pokemon Go Could End Up Giving Us a Real-World ‘Game of Thrones’ App

By July 14, 2016

So in case you’ve missed it or been living under a rock for the past two weeks or so, Pokemon Go has been quickly taking over the world and almost all of its inhabitants since its release. It’s been the cause of some fairly crazy headlines as well, with it being directly responsible for the end of a romantic relationship, car accidents, helping rescue dogs, and even in the discovery of a dead body while someone was out looking for Pikachu.

Oh, and it’s also sparked a renewed interest in a Pokemon movie in Hollywood right now as well, but apparently, Pokemon Go could just be the beginning in a new wave of real-world gaming apps, which is either a good or bad thing depending on how you feel about it right now.

Archit Bhargava, a product marketer for Niantic, the developer responsible for Pokemon Go, recently spoke with GameSpot about the app, and shared some of his ideas of where the new “genre” could go, including a possible Game of Thrones app:

“We’re really trying to create the genre of real-world gaming. No one’s really done this in a way that we were all excited about. It’s all about getting people moving, getting them exploring the world around them. We’re not that worried about the effect that each game might have on the other, but what we’re hoping is that with both these games, the overall pie of real world games will increase. There could be a board game you could make in the real world where people are capturing locations like Risk or something. My personal fantasy is like a Game of Thrones game where Westeros is mapped out on Earth and you join House Stark or whatever.”

I mean… yes. Yes, please.

Though it’s uncertain whether this would ever actually happen or not, the mention of a Game of Thrones app does give you a better idea of where exactly this kind of gaming could go moving forwards into the future now, and some of the brands we could see utilizing the platform as well. At the very least, Thrones certainly has enough characters to replace all of the Pokemon, and I imagine this would result in a direct increase in people randomly shouting “Dracarys!” while walking down the street, at board meetings, or around the dinner table.

Which again, is either a good or bad thing, depending on how you feel about it all right now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable