Alum's Pokemon Go poster goes viral

Courtesy of Amelia Carnagey

A playful Pokémon Go poster created by ACU graduate Amelia Carnagey for her classroom has gone viral on social media platforms.

Carnagey, who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Three-Dimensional Studio Art in 2014, now teaches print design and illustration classes at Texas State Technical College in Abilene.

Her satirical poster warns that if she catches a student playing in class, she will play the game on the student’s phone and lose on purpose. Consequences escalate from using all the student’s pokeballs on the first offense, to transferring their most valuable Pokémon monster on the third offense.

“The poster was made as a joke for my students,” Carnagey said. “I wanted to see what their reaction would be and then actually spur a conversation with them.”

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Pokémon Go allows players to collect characters through a mobile app, which interfaces with the device’s GPS and camera. Players have to travel through town to find and “catch” the characters. The game debuted early in July and became an international sensation as young and old players everywhere joined the game.

Carnagey plays the game herself and currently ranks at Level 15. To keep her students awake in an 8 a.m. class, Carnagey said she started a discussion about the appropriate times to play mobile games in professional environments. Later during the class, she noticed several students trying to discreetly play the game.

She jokingly told the students, “Hey, if I can’t catch them, you can’t catch them.”

She and a friend developed the joke into a complete list of consequences. She posted an image of the poster on Facebook on July 23 so her friend could share it, and within four days the post had been shared 250 times. Carnagey removed her original post, but the photo had already gone viral.

The official Pokémon Go Facebook page shared the photo, where it received more than 44,000 likes and 35,000 shares. A story about the poster was shared by United Press International and has appeared in various news publications and on websites such as IMGUR, Reddit, 9Gag, Pinterest and Tumblr.

Carnagey is selling the poster through Teachers Pay Teachers for $3. She writes about the experience on her blog.