There have been rumours of a Pokémon Go hack to easily get Pikachu as your first catch.
FIRSTLY: It's important to note that Pokémon Go actually gives you the option of starter Pokémon!
BUT WAIT! There's a really simple way of starting the game with Pikachu: just wander around a little.
Because I had already set-up an account, I had to steal a co-worker's phone, and run around with my new account trying to find a Pikachu. This is definitely a cool thing for a grown-ass adult to do, regardless of what anyone may say, OK MUM?!?!
After about 10 minutes, Pikachu shows up and BOOM you've got your very own electric rat to start the game properly.
Then it's just a matter of throwing a Poké Ball at its face, and shazam! It's all yours!