The Pokémon GO craze has various weird and wonderful parts to it - we're had many bizarre PR emails plugging GO 'walkers' that you pay to play the game for you, and even 'recharging rescuers' in town centres. Where there's a craze, there are entrepeneurs seeking opportunities.
One story that did raise a smile from us is from Holland - with thanks to Sjoerd Rijpkema for the heads up - where Pokémon GO road signs were produced. During the Vierdaagse hiking event in Nijmegen - called International Four Days Marches Nijmegen (thanks, Daan Koopman) - there were, predictably, a lot of GO players; in a semi-serious and humorous move signs were created as road warnings to look out for players.
They were ultimately so popular at the event that they got stolen, so three young student entrepreneurs called Geraldo, Jard and Tom have started a small business producing and selling the signs.
Speaking to Dutch publication nos.nl they explain that it's a fun project rather than a major money-spinner or business, though they have sold a decent number of signs already.
It's a fun idea, and another apt example of Pokémon mania.
That would be quite nice to have on a wall as decor
It would be much more humorous if the figures in the sign were being hit by a car as a warning to those playing instead of driving.
They should have seen it coming, novelty signs are going to be stolen. There's a "Beer St." around where I live, the council wisely decided to weld the street signs to the post.
😍 hello Jard...
Old news, heard this a few weeks ago!
@Grandpa_Pixel Haha, I agree I actually would have this on my wall
All drivers should slow down their speed when they look at that sign. How funny... XD
Just like in Australia that has a sign to slow down during across the road that thousand of red crab will pass through.
Unfortunately the best I can do is a google maps pic:
You can make out the silver colouring where it is welded to the pole. A blowtorch would be needed to get it off without extensive damage
Oh, I see! I also kinda knew you were from the Land Down Under, but I never understood you lived in Tasmania! Shows a lot how worldwide the NL userbase is, and I'm glad to be a part of this community.
Nobody will hunt for a Pikachu.
I'm happy to see my tip actually get published =D
I recently bought one myself, so @AlexSora89 I'll take some pictures and post them
Yay go Holland!!! Utrecht in da House!
Pictures of what exactly? I kind of lost track...
EDIT: Oh, you mean the signs. Sure, why not! Feel free to share!
Speaking of the GO craze, I saw a local commercial referencing/parodying it. It was for a car place, featuring their animated mascot 'Little Dan'. (I think I saw the name right, anyway)
Not sure what the name of the dealer was though.
EDIT: Saw the commercial again, it's for a local KIA dealership.
So long as they're taken down when the event's over, and not left up more than 5 years after the Pokemon servers are taken down, it certainly sounds like a neat idea.
@AlexSora89 here they are:
They're very nice quality, made of a hard plastic. Print looks fine and doesn't come off if you scratch the plate. Pretty solid overall
Awesome! Make sure they're stuck to the pole if you want them not to be stolen.
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