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Nintendo Announces Pokémon X and Pokémon Y for 3DS; Fans Proceed To Shit Their Pants

January 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata  announced at this morning’s Nintendo Direct video press release (which he called a special “Pokémon Direct, a pair of brand new main series Pokémon games–the first to be developed for Nintendo’s current-gen handheld console, the 3DS.

What made this announcement so interesting and so revolutionary was that it was targeted at Pokéfans internationally; in a trend-breaking first, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y will be released simultaneously in Japan, the Americas, Europe, and Australia in October of this year. Pokémon series games are typically released in Japan first, finding their way to foreign shores only after lengthy localization processes that average about a year.

So, what are my thoughts on this? My initial reaction is that it seems pretty cool. After nine full-scale RPG releases on the outgoing DS, a Pokémon game on the newer 3DS platform, first launched nearly two years ago but seemingly ignored by Pokémon‘s developer, Game Freak, Inc. (until now, that is), was vastly overdue. I’m glad to see that Game Freak chose to use cel shading rather than take a more photo-realistic approach; it makes the Pokémon “come alive” without sacrificing the look we’ve grown used to in the anime, the older sprite-based games, and Ken Sugimori’s artwork. The gameplay itself looks interesting, too, but I’m not sure I’ve seen enough to really make a solid decision yet.

What worries me are these new Pokémon, five of which were introduced in the Nintendo Direct release (and three of which, the grass type starter, Chespin, the fire starter, Fennekin, and the water starter, Froakie, were named). They look… Terrible. Cheesy. Stupid. Chespin, in particular, is nothing short of an abomination–perhaps worse than Oshawott.

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more about this games in the coming months. Until then, I’ve posted a link to the games’ trailer below.

The Geek

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2012 Leave a comment

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’d like to see something really scary this Halloween, take a second look at some of these Pokédex entries… They’re freaking creepy!

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If that’s a bit too much for you, maybe the picture below will help to ease your agitation.

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TRICK OR TREAT!

– The Geek

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Sunday Funnies: Thinking Twice About Pokémon

October 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Die-hard Pokémon fans and casual players alike take quite a lot for granted each time they play. The theme behind today’s “Sunday Funnies” is thinking twice about some of those things… You’ll see what I mean! =P

– The Geek

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PETA Takes Issue With Pokémon

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m sort of finding this hard to believe, but it looks like the (in)famous animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA) has launched a vicious campaign against Pokémon, saying that the series condones animal cruelty and that its creatures are treated like abused animals. They’ve released Pokémon Black and Blue, a parody game with the tagline “gotta free ’em all,” in which players take on the role of Pikachu as he fights against his trainers for liberation You can play the game on their website.

I won’t reinvent the wheel here–you can read more about the whole thing at Forbes.com and/or CNET, both of which have posted articles on this development. This isn’t the first time PETA has attacked a video game series, but what really gets me is that they waited nearly fifteen years before making their move! As the meme below illustrates, the Pokémon series made its worldwide debut in 1998, yet it was not until this month–October 2012–that PETA decided it was a threat. Seriously, PETA? Seriously?

– The Geek

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I almost wouldn’t mind if I caught my students doing this kinda stuff… Almost.

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

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Mash-Up Monday: Pokémon meets Harry Potter

October 15, 2012 1 comment
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