But before they even got there, many paused at the intro screen. Typically, starting a new Pokemon game meant meeting Professor Oak and getting a starter Pokemon from him. Not on Pokemon Go.
“This event was off the charts”
Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us.
Meet Professor Willow.
I can tell I'm getting older because my first thought about #PokemonGO was "why is this professor so attractive?"
— Tasukigirl @ SDCC (@Lorie_O) July 7, 2016
— Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) July 7, 2016
— slifer@Bronycon A1 (@demonatemu) July 7, 2016
I wanna kiss Professor Willow. #PokémonGo
— Eric Striffler (@striffleric) July 7, 2016
— BASIC bitch (@ZANTrav) July 7, 2016
Between Professor Willow & catching a Charmander right off the bat, I'd say my #PokemonGo experience is off to a smokin' hot start. Amirite?
— Meghan Sullivan (@Meghan_IGN) July 7, 2016
professor willow is daddy tbh 🍑💦 #PokemonGO
— kendra (@lewdsauce) July 7, 2016
i appreciate how the pokemon go professor looks like hes gonna build a frankenstein monster while extreme biking up a mountain
— oskar (@raspbearyart) July 7, 2016
— robot face emoji (@weaselingaround) July 7, 2016
Also, the names Oak and Willow aren’t accidents: Pokemon professors from the core games are named after trees. The more you know. Unfortunately, we doubt anyone’s looking to get the attention of Professors Birch and Rowan though.
We’ve only been playing with Pokemon Go for about a week and Poke Daddy doesn’t make any other meaningful appearance except the beginning, so that’ll be your only chance to meet Professor Willow at this time. The game does send you to fun random places like the local police station and a church though. My game’s local gym is the nearby pizzeria, so it’s not all weird.
As the game continues rolling out to the rest of the world, we can only imagine the infinite memes pouring out to the Web. Keep it coming, y’all.