Irish graduate’s app hides mentions of Pokémon Go from the web

13 Jul 2016

There are just some places that Pokémon Go cannot go, a graduate has decided

Sick of seeing mentions of Pokémon Go everywhere, UCC graduate Conor Browne developed a Chrome Web App that blocks all mentions online of the augmented reality (AR) game that is sweeping the world.

In fairness, the game has gotten players up off their backsides and out and about to catch Pokémon creatures in random locations.

By Monday, the game had surpassed Tinder in terms of downloads and Twitter in terms of daily active users.

The hit game, created by Niantic Labs, has added $9bn to Nintendo’s market cap.

However, not everyone is pleased with Pokémon Go.

Pokémon No


“Decided yesterday that I’d seen enough mentions of Pokémon for a lifetime – could handle no more! So I made this blocker! Never see any mention of Pokémon again,” Browne wrote on Product Hunt where his blocker app is trending.

“For all the people who are going crazy with their entire feeds being filled up with news of Pokémon Go, Pokémon No allows you to erase any sign of Pokemon from your browser,” Browne explained.

So there you have it, if you are tired of hearing about Pokémon Go, then this could be the Chrome app for you.

Wild Pikachu image by Sadie Hernandez via Flickr/Creative Commons

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years