What’s your favourite Pokémon? Pocket monster popularity reflects interest in real-world Biology

Justine Le Vaillant Department of Evolutionary Ecology, Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Seville, Spain. Email: justine0le.vaillant (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Tell me what Pokémon you like, and I will tell you who you are. Each person is different and has different tastes, and within all the diversity of Pokémon, everyone, independent of gender,Continue reading “What’s your favourite Pokémon? Pocket monster popularity reflects interest in real-world Biology”

Fossil Pokémon and the foibles of Paleontology

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Paleontology is the scientific study of life in the geologic past, which is visible to us today in the form of fossils. It studies the evolution and diversity of life throughout the entire historyContinue reading “Fossil Pokémon and the foibles of Paleontology”

Corsola ecosystems in the Galar region

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF To begin this article in the most honest way I can think of, I must state that as a biologist I’ve always complained about those absurdities in the Pokémon franchise that could have beenContinue reading “Corsola ecosystems in the Galar region”

Perceiving the emotions of Pokémon

Ben J. Jennings1 1 Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, Brunel University London, London, U.K. E-mail: ben.jennings (at) brunel.ac (dot) uk Download PDF The ability to reliably perceive the emotions of other people is vital for normal social functioning, and the human face is perhaps the strongest non-verbal cue that can be utilized when judging the emotionalContinue reading “Perceiving the emotions of Pokémon”

The entomological diversity of Pokémon

Rebecca N. Kittel Museum Wiesbaden, Hessisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Natur, Wiesbaden, Germany. Email: rebecca.n.kittel (at) gmail (dot) com. Download PDF Pocket Monsters or as they are better known, Pokémon, are playable monsters which first appeared in the 1990’s as a video game in Japan, but soon expanded worldwide. They are still very successful withContinue reading “The entomological diversity of Pokémon”

Dogū: from prehistoric figurines to collectible pocket monsters

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF As an avid consumer of Japanese video games during my early teens, particularly of the RPG sort, I could not help but notice that some monsters would pop up in several games and typicallyContinue reading “Dogū: from prehistoric figurines to collectible pocket monsters”

Arthropod diversity in Pokémon

André W. Prado* & Thiago F. A. Almeida Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. *Email: awp03 (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF Like most regular children in the 2000’s, we were obsessed with Pokémon games and anime series. The experience of exploring new environments, discovering new creatures and collecting them, alwaysContinue reading “Arthropod diversity in Pokémon”

The ichthyological diversity of Pokémon

Augusto B. Mendes1, Felipe V. Guimarães2, Clara B. P. Eirado-Silva1 & Edson P. Silva1 1Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, RJ, Brazil. 2Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, São Gonçalo, RJ, Brazil. Emails: augustobarrosmendes (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) br; felipevieiragui (at) gmail (dot) com; clara.eirado (at) gmail (dot) com; gbmedson (at) vm (dot) uff (dot) br DownloadContinue reading “The ichthyological diversity of Pokémon”

Who is that Neural Network?

Henrique M. Soares Independent researcher. São Paulo, SP, Brazil. Email: hemagso (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF Pokémon has been an enormous success around the globe for more than 20 years. In this paper, I tackle the “Who’s that Pokémon?” challenge from a machine learning perspective. I propose a machine learning pre-processing and classification pipeline,Continue reading “Who is that Neural Network?”

The effect of trolls on Twitch Plays Pokémon

João V. Tomotani Universidade de São Paulo; São Paulo, Brazil. Email: t.jvitor (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF In a previous paper, I presented a curious experiment of a fish playing Pokémon, made real and popular thanks to the wonders of the Internet (Tomotani, 2014). The Twitch Channel (Twitch, 2016), which sadly has been inactive forContinue reading “The effect of trolls on Twitch Plays Pokémon”