It was a windy, sunny day on Monday when about 50 Berkeley students gathered on the steps of Sproul, all with one hope: to catch ’em all.
As the Campanile chimed at 2 p.m., the group of students listened to junior Rocio Salas, who created the Pokemon Scavenger Hunt as part of an interactive project for an art class. She made 180 ceramic Pokemon and 30 Pokeballs, taking requests for specific Pokemon from potential participants. She and a group of friends hid them around campus, sending out clues to the participants on Instagram with the hashtag, #BerkeleyPokemonHunt.
As Rocio Salas described, “This project was a continuation of a previous art project, where I explored the bad aspects of Pokemon — like how it’s kind of obsessive to actually collect them all. But this was to make it an interactive, collaborative piece with the public, and I basically wanted to show that in action. I’ve had so many people come up to me and be like, ‘I’m going to catch them all,’ but that’s probably impossible because it collaboratively took us seven hours to hide them all, so they’re not going to be able to find them in three.”
Still, students were hopeful. Freshman James Lao decided to attend the event because he did the Google scavenger hunt on April Fool’s, which was tiring, but a lot of fun. “The fact that we can do this in person, we actually get to go, is really cool,” he said. “And I haven’t played the games in a while, but I might try to get back into it.”
The results have not yet been tabulated, but a photo master, Pokedex master and Berkeley Pokemon master will be crowned for the best photos, the most variety found and the most overall found, respectively. So we’ll soon find out: Who actually caught ’em all?