Nationality: African American
Occupation: Student at the University of Southern California, majoring in Game Design
Residence: Smyrna, GA
Date of Performance/Collection: April 26, 2018
Primary Language: English
Other Language(s): Spanish
Collected in my empty apartment. I began by simply asking, “What do you know about the truck from Pokemon?”
The informant is a big fan of the Pokemon franchise, and is very immersed in gaming culture. He has played many Pokemon games of different varieties, and loves the first generation of Pokemon (which includes the game he is referencing), though it’s not his favorite.
Informant: “There is a truck in Pokemon Red, I believe, either Red or – well, the first generation of games. So Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, all that good stuff. Umm, and apparently if you go to that truck and look under it, you can get Mew.
Interviewer: “What do you mean ‘Look under it?’”
Informant: “Like, y- you, if you, I guess if you just interact with the truck, you can battle and catch Mew.”
Interviewer: “Do you know what city it’s in?”
Informant: “It’s, ooh, I wanna say it’s one of the port cities so…. [inhales] I wanna say it’s one of the cities where you board the S.S. Anne, making it either… the city with Lieutenant Serge, which I cannot remember for the life of me.
Informant: “Ver… million… Possibly, that’s probably it.”
Interviewer: “Um, where did you hear about this, and when?”
Informant: “Oh I have no idea when I heard this. I guess it was just, like, when I was still playing Pokemon Red, it was just a rumor that always went around.”
Interviewer: “Through word of mouth?”
Informant: “Mm, yeah, well or on the Internet.
Interviewer: “So you saw it on the Internet?”
Interviewer: “How old were you?”
Informant: “I don’t know. Probably a kid.”
Interviewer: “Is it real?”
Informant: “No… Well, no. First off, you can’t access the truck in the game by yourself. You have to, like, glitch over to it. Which is probably how… it kept people thinking it was real, cause they couldn’t test it out themselves. Um, yeah, but no, even if you glitch over to it and press A, it doesn’t do anything. However, uh, you can glitch the game and get Mew, just not through the truck.”
Interviewer: “For real? You can get Mew?”
Informant: “M-hm. I did it. I was 100 percenting all the games and I got all 151 Pokemon in the first game.”
Informant: “Um, that is a question… I do not know the answer to. Uhh, it’s really complicated, so I forgot it, but I know it involves entering and exiting buildings and flying… to certain places. Yeah.”
Interviewer: “But it has nothing to do with the truck?”
Informant: “No. [Sudden realization] OHH!! I do remember! Okay so… above Cerulean City, there was, like, this path on the way to Bill’s house, and there was a bunch of trainers. And when you get to one of the trainers, it’ll, like, you know, exclamation point above their head when they see you. When you do that, you press Start, and then fly somewhere else. And then a bunch of other stuff. And that’s how you unlock Mew.”
This version of the truck myth has to do with finding Mew. The informant does not believe the truck has any real significance, though he is aware of the rumors. He does, however, know a real way to get Mew, proving that it is possible to get Mew in the game, even if it’s not through the truck. Like other versions, the truck is in Pokemon Red.