The Internet Reacts To Pokémon Sleep

At a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, the Pokémon Company announced some unexpected Pokémon-related games and services, mostly on mobile devices. Pokémon Home is a cloud service that allows players to save and transfer their monsters. Great!

There’s also a new Pokémon Go peripheral called the Pokémon Go Plus+. It is pronounced “plus plus.” Sure! These releases are a little perplexing, but the one I found most baffling was Pokémon Sleep.

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Pokémon Sleep is described as a game that “aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping, and the time they wake up, effect the gameplay.” Sounds a little dystopian, but go off, Pokémon Company! It’s essentially a sleep tracker that connects to Pokémon Go and the Pokémon Go Plus+, and the three combined do something unclear but probably beneficial for your Pokémon. It’s slated to come to mobile in 2020. I already use a sleep tracker because I sleep like shit, so sure, why not make it Pokémon themed?

Luckily for my sleep-deprived arse, the internet clowned on this vague, strange-sounding game almost immediately.

As much as I love these jokes, I’m not sure I need my absurdly powerful Pocket Monsters to know when I’m sleeping. I’m gonna go grab my third cup of coffee and stare into the middle distance for a while.


    Does anyone know whether your sleep data will be sent to the servers?

    I'm guessing it must be so that it can be used to give you rewards or whatever?

    Ok, the System of a Down one got me.

    On another note, watching the shift and escalation towards big data in gaming is a real downer.

    I’m gonna be the very best
    Like no one else before
    A night’s rest is my real test
    Eight hours without a snore

    Pokemon! Gotta count ‘em all
    Like counting sheep
    Sleeping is my destiny

    Etc etc

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