This was honestly my kid’s idea. He spends most of his waking hours thinking about Pokemon Go, so it was only a matter of time before he came up with a Pokemon theory of the 2016 Election.
Slight digression – I think analyzing Pokemon Go team selection data would be fascinating. Your choice of team gives you no special benefit, so people are just picking based on their personal philosophy (strength vs careful study vs goin’ with the flow), their favorite color, or which leader they find the most attractive. Here’s one thing that jumped out at me – according to a report on MarketWatch, 60% of players are male. Yet the only male gym leader, Spark, is the least popular choice. As a point of comparison, the Mass Effect games give you the choice of playing as a man or woman, and only 18% of players pick the woman. Niantic, release some spreadsheets! Gotta crunch ’em all!