How to Catch a Fake Mew [Trainer] in Pokémon GO

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How to Catch a Fake Trainer in Pokémon GO

Disclaimer: This is a feature article, not a hard news story as seen in one of our standard news story formats. As such, it tells a personal story — written freely and informally with emotion, feelings, and complete transparency, because you deserve nothing less. Some of you may not like my style, and that’s perfectly fine.


I dun goofed, ya’ll. Hell, you could say I caught the rare Pokérus infection. But I’m here tonight to try and remedy that. I am a journalist, but I’m also a human, and humans make mistakes. However, I refuse to sit idle without owning responsibility for my actions. I don’t believe in letting problems “disappear.” Things just don’t work like that. I’m also here to protect my reputation, because I care. I care that you’re a Nintendo News reader. I also care that you’re a human being — like me.

Earlier this evening, I published a story titled “Meet the Trainer Who Randomly Caught Mew in Pokémon GO.” It was a damn good story. I was proud of it and had a lot of fun contacting and talking to the person who “caught” the Pokémon, 19-year-old Corey Selby. I was sure I had landed an interesting and exclusive article that people would enjoy as much as I.

But young Corey lied to me and, due to carelessness on my part, I unknowingly lied to our readers.

I sent Selby interview questions and requested additional images than the ones he posted on Twitter yesterday to prove his experience was authentic. Little did I know the images were Photoshopped. Thanks to our social media following, I was made aware of that very quickly. Some people were complete jerks (no surprise there!), but most of them understood that I was a human.

One of the helpful people was graphic artist, animator, and Twitter user KingKoId. Without his understanding and support, I’d probably be zooming in on Selby’s suspect Mew images trying to find discrepancies. I’m not a graphic artist, folks. I’m just a snobby tea extraordinaire, seasoned sushi connoisseur, and cold weather lover. I also enjoy matcha.

Below is an image that KingKoId whipped up for me, which would have likely cost me hours of frustration to make. It’s a bit blurry but it’s worth at least a thousand words, and it proves that Selby’s original Mew images are nothing more than fake.

Catching a Fake Mew [Trainer] in Pokémon GO

How to Catch a Fake Trainer in Pokémon GO

Other images Selby provided me with all have discrepancies too, but they’re not worth looking at; you can pick them apart if you want by checking out the above referenced — original — story, but I personally do not feel like spending unnecessary time explaining why each photo is bogus.

As I mentioned earlier, Tauros turds hit the fan near-instantly after I published the story. Some people unfollowed Nintendo News on Twitter while others sent nasty mentions. One person said, “If you were a ‘journalist’, you’d do just a little bit of research!” Another person said, “OMG, that’s so fake. How can you be so dumb? Anyone can see that’s Mew from Super Smash Bros.” News flash, folks: I’m not familiar enough with Smash because I suck at fighting games, nor do I consider myself an expert when it comes to Smash.

After everything was said and done, I was left wondering why anyone would waste so much time making up such a silly story to begin with. That Rayman “leak” in Super Smash Bros. had everyone fooled, however, including us, but I don’t feel bad at all about publishing that one — it was brilliantly pulled off. I write because it makes me feel good, not because I want “clicks.” (I just don’t understand the way some of you people think — this is nothing more than an outlet and hobby for me, and I sure as hell don’t bring in enough ad revenue to feed myself, my wife, or my cat.)

Here’s the last conversation I had with Selby via direct message conversation on Twitter:

Kevin: Hey there! Thanks for telling us about your experience with Mew. Just a question, some people (on our Facebook) are already saying it’s fake. I trust you, but surely it not fake, is it?
Corey: To all the people who say it’s fake, have they caught a mew?
Kevin: Would you mind sharing a video clip, Corey? No one will believe this until you can provide further proof, unfortunately.
Corey: I could but unfortunately I’m at work until around 1am tonight :( I can get you a video once I get home
Kevin: I think we should just stop wasting each other’s time. I’ve seen images proving that your screenshots are fake. Just tell me they’re Photoshopped so we can move on. No harm no foul. Deal?

Selby never responded to my last reply, and it’s been nearly three hours now. For the record, he responded almost immediately to my other replies. Go figure.

Thanks for playing, Corey. One could say you’ve caught this Trainer off guard. But don’t worry, I’ll continue to strive to be the very best … you know, like no one ever was!

In the end, I’m the one with Emolga egg on my face. It was a lesson learned … happens to the best of us and I’ll do a better job in the future. For that, I can appreciate that this happened to me.

On another note, did you all hear about the guy (not Selby!) who found image assets in Pokémon GO for Mew, Mewtwo, Ditto, and the original Legendary bird trio? Scout’s honor it’s the truth!

P.S. If for some crazy chance Mr. Selby does provide video footage, and it’s real, then I’ll have another problem on my hands. However, I think the chances of that happening are as good as catching a Mew in Pokémon GO right now.

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46 COMMENTS

  1. The only Legendary obtained yet was an Articuno that Niantic accidentally gave someone as compensation for their missing Pidgeot.

  2. There’s a video of a guy catching MewTwo in his backyard. Totally legit on Youtube. Lots of fakes but we got to see him throw the pokeball etc. Was pretty sweet. MewTwo did a move. Lol

  3. I think you should contact Nantic and provide the images that you have got and this article plus the last. Then ask them if Mew is an event Pokemon or one which can be caught in the wild. It’s not really ruining much if everyone wants to know. I wouldn’t be upset so other people shouldn’t be either that way it either confirms if this guy is lying or if you goof’d writing this follow up.

  4. It’s the typical journalism of the click era, the story has to be often rushed and published before another source does it. It is done in order to “be first in the scene” in the socia media era.
    Sources? Who cares. Fact checking? For what? No, no, no. Today’s journalist needs to break news first and then actually find out what happened. If they did a mistake then just say “Oops, we dropped the ball, sorry”
    But I don’t blame the writer who gullible as he was fell for the old Photoshop trick; I blame “big media” for imposing that type of journalism into modern day writers who struggle just to get a job doing what they love.

    • Please almighty Lord Beeswax, make a Nintendo site for all of us to visit so we won’t have to worry about shitty journalism. You are an absolute idiot. This can happen to ANYONE you fool.

  5. The negative commenters here are disgusting. The author fucks up, corrects him mistake publicly, and you idiots give him shit. Wow grow the hell up and take your asses back to Polygon or Kotaku where this kind of ‘journalism’ won’t ever happen.

  6. The Pokedex has 140 slots.

    Pokedex slots in the game don’t just happen to pop up randomly because you catch another Pokemon.

    Legendaries are NOT IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW. I’m pretty sure that last article you linked has all the rest of the Pokemon that are not in the game at the moment.

    Why anyone would keep believing these stories is beyond me.

    However, good owning up to your mistake, and it was an enjoyable read.

    • Actually, in Pokemon GO, when you catch a Pokemon with a higher Pokedex number, it does ‘pop up randomly’.

    • Actual my pokedex stop at eevee until i evolved to jolteon. The when i caught snorlax it added more. Depending on what brand phone u have the process will mess up and not show properly. Example i click on jolteon it goes all the way back to bulbasaur. Shit happens as well as glitches. To thia journalist i respect you for coming on here and admitting your mistake due to misinformation. For the pricks jumping on you they can go play with themselves. They wont own up if it was them they would hide. Much respect. Dueces!

  7. No words I can say will make up for the amount of angry comments you will soon get, but we all make mistakes that’s something that apparently everyone seems to be forgetting right now. It also seems like everyone thinks that they can do your job better than you and I say that they could try, but I’ve read both articles and they were well done and were interesting to read. You will bounce back from this. No telling how long that will be but you will.

  8. I’m 100% certain you’re not sad you probably made a ton off of the clicks you got for reporting the ‘news’

  9. Wow. This is easily the most pathetic excuse for journalism I have ever encountered. The writer should be immediately fired. You’re a Nintendo writer and you admit you don’t know anything about Nintendo games? Ok.

    Typically, one does the research BEFORE running with the story, not taking some random kid’s word, publishing the piece, and THEN checking with Nintento and doing the actual legwork. Also, the narrative of the entire piece is spoken like a child asking his friends for a pass for being a tool. It’s not professional or well-written. When you make a false report you correct it quickly and professionally, you don’t trying to inject humor by outlining your stupidity and lack of knowledge for the reader. Maybe you shouldn’t interview people you don’t know and “trust them,” as you put it. Way to make yourself and your company look terrible. Goodbye.

    • Wanna here something funny? Before you go and dis somebody for doing something they love and making a mistake. Maybe you should learn to read and write. Yea maybe he got a little ahead of himself writing that article before fact checking. That just means that he was just as excited as anyone else. Oh and P.S. do you know everything about every Nintendo game ever made. I doubt that.

    • Way to make yourself seem like a complete a**hole. He didn’t know it was photoshopped, so back off. He isn’t a graphic designer, he isn’t an artist who could tell these things. Back off of him.

  10. Well as a writer who works for a Nintendo news site and has been in the same boat as you, I perfectly understand how this happened and at least you came out and said this. You did great. You followed the story, even if it did bite you on the butt. Most news sites didn’t even dare think about covering this. I did one article on the Pokémon GO Bam rumour that is flying around and got a lot of hate for it, even though I stated it was a rumour. “Niantic wouldn’t ban people” Yes they would, they did it with Ingress. But great stuff and keep it up.

  11. Jeez, I wouldn’t be as angry as some of these commenters even if he was lying. I for one as an adult in this day and age could not tell the image was photoshopped. Honestly, is this even that big of a deal? There was an attack in France and people are this uptight about a small mistake? At least when Nintendo discovers false information they update the story. I wonder if they’re all so upset because they spent a few hours looking for Mew after the first story?? XD

  12. “I’m just a snobby tea extraordinaire, seasoned sushi connoisseur, and cold weather lover.” And clearly hopeful to a fault, lets be friends!

  13. There is another player who caught a real mew supposedly. It is the same image from the other article. You may want to check it out.

  14. Please guys give all the hate towards me not Kevin or his amazing site. My intention was to trick the Internet and see how far it could go and I took it too far. I was in the wrong and all he did was trust me. Don’t hate and say he didn’t do enough research or that he should have known it was a fake. Because the fact of the matter is, I straight up lied to him to try and make a YouTube video about tricking the Internet.

    ANY Pokemon enthusiast would love to believe and share the news of someone catching the very first legendary Pokemon and that’s all he was trying to do. REPORT TO HIS READERS, and he did a damn fine job and an even better job being able to admit to his mistakes and that takes guts as a journalist. I ENCOURGE you to check out the rest of his site because the content is great, EXPECIALLY if you love Pokemon.

    Sorry for my shellfishness

    • I guess the Internet wasn’t fooled. :) Nice try though.

      I really like the stepping up and admitting on both sides. Pretty cool.

    • Who else wants proof that Selby’s comment was written by himself? I think the author might have forged a response in an attempt to cover himself from the government N.W.O. super power Nintendo. Or the author is clearly an undercover agent working for them to slowly control us until they can make their final move to enslave and abolish us all. This is some scary stuff going on and I won’t sit back and be a sheeple for “the man” to control. The aliens are among us and this is just further proof of their power and control. Don’t be decieved people, if we stand together we can win the war for our lives! The lizard people are very real!

      This is what y’all sound like. Get over the fact that life isn’t perfect and understand people make mistakes, it’s part of life, which he corrected when he found out. Also this isn’t an article for a major news source, no offense towards the author. This is a site that is here to inform you on Nintendo, however that style is done depends on the writer wether it be humorous or not, unlike major outlets which are usually more “serious”. I quotation “serious” because most of the “news” is very biased, irrelevant or misleading anyway. Those outlets don’t even report on all the important issues such as your rights being brought into question or serious matters across the world. Funny thing too, those outlets also make mistakes, sometimes much larger than this believe it or not, crazy I know. Not to say I’m sure there are some journalists who try, and do their best, to report on it all correctly the first time. In the end though, mistakes happen, get off your high horses people, and keep doing you Kevin. Don’t let the world get you down because of some people having nothing better to do than try just that so they can feel “superior”.

      • “Dood ur so stoopid Kevin u didnt fac chek lol u shuld b fired.”

        That’s what the hateful comments first read, before mommy and daddy fixed them.

    • Wow, what a guy. A trickster with a conscience. Don’t see many of those around here. Good on you, and good on Kevin for being a dedicated reporter at the very least.

  15. Your human and people make mistakes no big deal. Other people are just straight ass wholes and if you have never used photoshop or any other imaging programs than you will be none the wiser. Least you admitted it and busted corey in his lies and such. Keep on doing you and thank you for servering

    • And you didn’t bother to even read the article, otherwise you’d realize that there was literally no way for him to know that it was fake. And if you’re such an expert on ‘journalism’, why don’t you start your own website and show us how it’s done, oh great one? I mean, you’ve clearly never made an honest mistake in your life, right?

    • You’re a real ass, you know that? It was photoshopped. Kevin, the writer, isn’t a graphic artist. I’d like to see you write an article for this site, jackass.

  16. Zero comments on this and the original article, still? I explained the precise reasons this was bull within an hour after you published that garbage. Stop calling your site “news” and stop feeding into nonsense.

    • Hi William,

      The comments section on the original article was closed — I had enough readers explaining things to me, but thanks!

      • Hey, Kevin. I loved the original article, and I’m really glad to see that you made this one. Fuck the haters who are saying you should be fired. You’re not a graphic designer or an artist who could tell it was photoshopped. It’s not your job to analyze the pictures and declare if they are real or fake.

        Keep up the good work!

    • Dude, chill. We are glad you can see through a hoax a million years before anyone else on the planet, however it was fun and semi-feasible and it reminds me of rumors that floated around back in the heyday of pokemon. (Using strength on the truck and such.) I think it’s wonderful to be a part of a game we don’t know everything about yet and to help shape a lore almost.

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