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It’s Pokémon Red…As A Ballet Performance? What The Heck?

 

Well, I’m baffled that this exists—but it does.

Pokémon. As ballet. Seriously.

This performance doesn’t skimp out either: it goes through everything from the initial ‘chose your Pokemon’ part with professor Oak, to battles, to team Rocket, to visiting places like Lavender Town. I kind of lost my shit at the part where the Pokemon faints and ‘nurse Joy’ bursts in, ready to heal—with choreography, of course! Nevermind the part with MISSIGNO.

It’s thirty minutes long. Wow, just wow.

This performance was held in the Creighton Lied Arts Center and the choreography is byAndrew Plotner.


N Joins Ash in Unova This Weekend!

 

Starting this Saturday morning, Cartoon Network is airing new Pokémon episodes featuring the intriguing N and the arrival of the nefarious Team Plasma! Watch to discover N’s unique relationship with Pokémon, his special talent for hearing their inner voices, and his strong disapproval of Pokémon battles. This exciting storyline is part of the ongoing Pokémon: BW Adventures in Unova season.

This weekend, N is introduced to the show, and right away we learn about his unusual philosophy. In upcoming episodes, N will join Ash and the gang on their journey as they encounter Team Plasma seemingly around every corner! Watch as the story takes many twists and turns and the relationship between N and the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram comes to light!


Six Critics Clash Over Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity

Gates to Infinity is the latest entry in Nintendo’s rogue-like dungeon crawler franchise, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. It seems it’s… a bit of a mixed bag, honestly.

There are quite a few points reviewers are disagreeing on. Some sayGates of Infinity, compared to prior games, has been dumbed down, while others think it merely has been opened up towards a wider audience. Some find the story dull and tedious, some say it’s weird and unpredictable. Below is but a sampling of what critics have said.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity starts with a solid enough premise: In a land where only Pokémon dwell, the adorable creatures get together, form communities, and go on adventures. These take place in Mystery Dungeons, caverns with randomly generated layouts. Your team will have to delve into these ever-changing spaces to complete quests and earn money, which is spent to expand your Pokémon Paradise, the community you’re setting up with your companion. Simple enough, right? The problem is that the game works well when you’re not in a dungeon, because expanding your Paradise is a lot of fun. Once you go spelunking, however, it all falls apart.

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Everything from the cramped new zoomed-in view to the thoughtless and boring tunnel-heavy random dungeon layouts make Gates a joyless chore to play – something I find personally vexing, since I really enjoy both of the parent series a great deal. The mechanics have been greatly simplified; combined with the walls of text as characters babble endlessly about the most mundane nonsense, the whole thing becomes a grind in every area and quickly wears out its welcome.

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You’ll meet other Pokémon and become embroiled in the fate of the world, but the story doesn’t get much deeper than its initial conceit. That’s not entirely a bad thing, though. The narrative clearly skews toward a younger audience, with its themes of friendship and working together to overcome hardships, but it is still charming in its own way, forming the major driving force behind the adventure. The presentation is also quite nice, with colorful 3D visuals and a catchy soundtrack framing your journey through the Pokémon world.

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The idea behind randomly generated dungeons is an admirable one, but it is one that can be problematic, and Gates to Infinity shows off how. Instead of creating a sense of discovery every time you enter a dungeon, you are met with a disappointing sense of déjà vu that permeates every level. Without a calculated and deliberate design, they all end up feeling the same, even when the environmental palettes are swapped.

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One of the few enjoyments on your dungeon exploits is the lively tunes that accompany you through the dank passages. Most of the jingles are quite perky, and though short, they’ll have you humming or whistling along as you dispatch the wild Pokémon in your way. Back in town the music is even livelier, and paired with the beautiful scenery, it’s always a warm welcome after trudging through the caverns.

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It’s always tough to judge whether or not a game should be commended or punished for streamlining a series that previously catered to a niche audience. In this case, it simplifies the experience a bit too much, but given that this is the most accessible game yet, it could lead to more potential fans, which is always a good thing. Although it may not be the best game in the franchise, Gates to Infinity is still an enjoyable dungeon crawl, and a beautiful-looking game to boot. So long as you can deal with an easier adventure, this is another mystery worth solving.


Pokémon X and Y Anouncement

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog.  Today I’d like to take the time and talk about the new Pokemon games, X & Y. If you haven’t already watched the trailer please take the time to do that now.

So, on January the 8th, as we ALL should know by know, Pokemon X & Y versions were announced for the 3ds. These games have full 3d graphics and will support the features of the 3ds, but will they really be that different? As you can see from the trailer, throughout it’s entirety, the characters still seem to be moving on that saem linear grid that we’re all so very familiar with. We can also see, at 0:23, that the main character is running along what we can assume to be Route 3, with a small town with a Pokemon Center in the background. However, then things start to get unfamiliar.

We can see, throughout multiple parts of the trailer, places that seem to be gyms, such as the “Wonder Room” that appears to be floating in space, or the “Indiana Jones” tree house, where we can see the main character swinging across gaps in the platform, and finally “Bugsy’s Mansion”, which really stands out as gym-ish, given the multiple trainers standing around. But lastly, there’s something that seems to awesome to be a gym, at 1:10 we can see some blazing columns of fire shoot into the sky out of the floor off this room. A room that seems to just scream CHAMPION!

Now, at the beginning of the trailer we can see the main character staring into a mirror, which in A LOT of other games serves as the character customization screen, a place where you can go to customize your character. Plus, you can’t say that those sunglasses don’t look totally swappable. I would actually LOVE for us to be able to customize our own trainers, Nintendo seems to want X & Y to be online friendly, what with the global release and all, and now maybe my trainer won’t have to gain 100 pounds and don a hiking suit just to play with friends online.

So now lets get into the starters. We can see all of the new Gen 6 starters battling it out in the new 3d battle screens, where Pokemon aren’t just lifeless statues anymore, dishing out unknown attacks. However, we can make assumptions. My guess is that the second move used in the trailer reflects the second type of that Pokemon. We can see Fennekin using a fire type move first, naturally, and a psychic type move second. However, Fennekin’s name also reflects his “supposed” second type, the other names probably do to but I was only smart enough to gather this one. Fennec is a type of fox, and “kin” could stand for Kinetic Energy, so we can infer that Fennekin’s second type, further on up the evolutionary stream of course, will be Psychic.

Fire/Psychic Type

Water/Fighting Type

Grass/Dark Type

And I know what you’re thinking, but hear me out. This would mean for the first time in Pokemon starters, the normal flow would also be reversed. Do the math yourself.

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Psychic is Super Effective against Fighting

Fighting is Super Effective against Dark

Dark is Super Effective against Psychic

CRAZY, RIGHT????

Now, I’d like to conclude this with some speculation on where we will actually be playing at. The answer of course, FRANCE.

What? Pokemon in FRANCE! Of all places?

YES, FRANCE! There’s plenty of evidence too. Pikachu just so happens to address the world from the Eiffel Tower, AND in the trailer you can actually see the Pokemon equivalent of the Eiffel Tower in a Paris style city. Let me explain for those of you who are not as seasoned trainers as some of us. Every region in Pokemon has been based off of a place in the real world. Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh were all based off of places in Japan, but Unova actually was based off of New York. So, when I say the next game will take place in France, that basically means the next region will have a more European feel to it.

So Pokemon fans, grab your passports and hope aboard the train to France as we prepare for October! Feel free to further speculate in the comments below, I’d also like to know which starter is your favorite thus far, and as always, THANKS FOR READING!


“Hater Used Hate”: This Hip-Hop RPG Video Is Super Effective at Making You Laugh

At first, the vibe of SG Grey Days’ retro-RPG-styled video didn’t grab me. An overworld that looked like something out of a Genesis-era game? Yawn. But when the random encounter battle with a Wild Hater got underway, I couldn’t stop laughing.

The clip is for the Frames of Invincibility EP by rap duo SG Grey Days, who say that they’re“inspired by the sensibility of early 90’s New York Hip-Hop, blended with today’s dynamic instrumentation.” The worst thing about the jokes in the turn-based rap battle is that they kept me from listening to the lyrics. Here’s hoping these folks—and video director Marc Blair—do a few more videos like this.


JOIN AVENUE

The new location between Castelia City and Nimbasa City is full of deals for Pokémon Trainers.

 

Join Avenue is a massive new facility in the heart of Unova that can offer a number of incredible services for Trainers. This place includes Flower Shops that sell Berries, Dojos that will help train your Pokémon, and Antique Shops that will appraise mysterious items you find, as well as many other useful stores.

While there’s a lot to see and do in Join Avenue, it can also be a little bewildering. If you’re not sure how to add and improve shops, or confused about what kinds of benefits Join Avenue can provide, you’ve come to the right place.

Visitors Welcome!

When you take over the management of Join Avenue, it’ll be pretty much empty, except for an office. It’s your job to seek out people who will open up shops and services. To recruit these entrepreneurs, you’ll have to meet up with other Trainers playing Pokémon Black VersionPokémon White VersionPokémon Black Version 2, or Pokémon White Version 2.

When you battle or trade with another player, or register someone else on your C-Gear’s Tag Log, they might show up as visitors the next time you visit Join Avenue. You don’t have to meet someone in person, either—a trade via the Global Trade Station will invite the person you traded with to stop by your Join Avenue.

One important note: you aren’t required to connect with other players to have visitors stop by your Join Avenue. A few times a day, non-player characters will pass through, whom you can invite to open shops, as well.

Business or Pleasure?

Join AvenueWhen you talk to a visitor in Join Avenue, he or she will offer to open a shop (you can have a maximum of eight shops open at any given time). There are eight types of shops available, including a Café, Beauty Salon, and Raffle Shop. There’s even a Nursery where you can leave a Pokémon Egg to have it hatch, which you can open after you’ve met certain criteria.

You can also ask visitors to go to a store to improve its rank. Every store has a ranking, which affects what items are sold, the effectiveness of its services, and the like. When it’s first built, its ranking is 1; as you get more people to visit, the ranking will climb toward a maximum of 10.

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With eight types of stores available and eight vacant spots in Join Avenue, it might seem natural to open one of each service. And that’s just fine—you’ll get to sample a little of what every type of shop has to offer. But you can open two of the same type of shop if you’d like, and for good reason. Many of the shops offer products and services that vary depending on the visitor that opened them. More specifically, it depends on the game the Trainer was playing when you interacted with him or her.

For example, the florist will carry a different inventory of Berries and Mulch, and the Dojo will specialize in certain stat training depending on the game that the original store-opening visitor came from. You could also open two (or more) Raffle stands, and get to spin the wheel for a cool prize at each one, each day!

If you filled up your Join Avenue and decide you want to change one store for another, go right ahead. Even if all your storefronts are full, the people that visit will offer to open new stores. If you take a visitor up on his or her offer, you’ll have to choose a store to close down before the new visitor can open. In fact, there are Medalsfor opening up a lot of shops in Join Avenue, so having somewhat frequent turnover of the available shops is a good idea if you’re Medal hunting. But remember, when you boot one store to open another, the new store will start at the lowest ranking, and you’ll need to keep inviting people into your Join Avenue to increase its rank.

Join Avenue is a great place to help raise your Pokémon and get good items, but the journey to creating a cool place full of shops is itself a lot of fun. So, go meet as many other Trainers as you can, and you’ll develop Join Avenue into place you’ll want to visit over and over!


Pokemon Movie 15: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice free to watch online

Ash and Pikachu, along with their friends Iris and Cilan, are on a train headed to the next stop on their journey. From the train, Ash spots an injured Pokémon—one he’s never seen before. He’s trying to figure out how he can help when the train is attacked by the Legendary Kyurem, a Dragon-type Pokémon with immense power! Ash and the others barely manage to escape the rampaging Kyurem’s attack, and as the dust settles, they turn their attention to the injured Pokémon. Their new acquaintance turns out to be the Mythical Pokémon Keldeo, and it’s on a mission to rescue its friends—Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion, the Legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice—from Kyurem’s icy clutches!

But Kyurem’s rampage isn’t over, and it’s drawing power from Reshiram and Zekrom, changing into Black Kyurem or White Kyurem to make its attacks even stronger! Why is Kyurem attacking Ash and his friends with such unrelenting fury? How will they be able to overcome this danger?

To protect its friends, to discover true power and genuine courage, and to preserve its bond with Ash and its companions, a hidden strength awakens within Keldeo…

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New Pokemon ‘Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice’ Clip

This clip completes the opening scene where Keldeo spars with Cobalion, Terrakion, and Virizion—the Legendary Pokémon trio known as the Swords of Justice! Will the untested Keldeo prove to be worthy of joining such a powerful group of Pokémon? You’ll have to watch the movie to discover the outcome of Keldeo’s epic challenge!

Watch the final extended clip of Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justiceon Pokémon TV, and tune in to Cartoon Network on December 8th to catch the debut of the newest Pokémon movie!

Pokemon has released a new Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice clip, this time revealing Virizion’s voice. It seems TPCi is going to go with the pronunciations they established for the Musketeer trio in Pokedex 3D Pro, which pronounces them as Vur-eye-zee-in, Co-bail-ee-in, and Tur-ack-ee-in (rather than the more obvious pronunciations of Vur-ihh-zee-on, Co-ball-ee-on, and Tur-ack-ee-on, which is how the Japanese pronounce them).

 


Pokemon Black/White Version 2: Big fun

Pokemon Black and White Version 2 feature over 300 pocket monsters to collect.

 

Pokemaniacs might have expected the pocket monsters to have made their 3D debut by now. Fortunately, the DS swansong Pokemon Black and White Version 2 should keep them happy for many months.

Even those who have already lost countless hours in a quest to “catch ’em all” will find themselves hooked all over again.

We’ve all become very accused to Nintendo recycling past Pokemon games, but Version 2 is a new adventure in the Unova region set two years after the original Black and White games.

There’s plenty of new content to ensure value for money. There are also some smart refinements to the classic monster battling fun.

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The cartridge includes a bulging roster of 300 critters to catch, raise, battle, preen and breed, and the charm of the pocket monsters is still a key ingredient in what makes these games so pleasurable, even for those who should have long ago outgrown the franchise.

Pokemon’s battle system is wonderfully accessible but surprisingly strategic and tactically deep.

Assembling a well-rounded team that can defeat any opponent requires careful thought and proves very satisfying. Sometimes you have up to three Pokemon fighting at once.

As usual there are eight gym badges to collect, but you can also prove your battling skills in the Pokemon World Tournament, facing off against champions of past games.

Collecting more than 200 medals earned by specific achievements is also a long-term goal.

Other features include the chance to make little movies of your favourite critters – a cleverly designed set of battle puzzles.

There’s also the opportunity to connect, interact and battle with faraway trainers online, or tackle multiplayer challenges together.

A Habitat List function is a good addition to the Pokedex, allowing completionists to track which of the monsters you have encountered and trapped in each area. Patient players will find there’s plenty of variety in the wild critters on offer.

Immensely deep and captivating, players can spend dozens upon dozens of hours trying to foil Team Plasma.

Whether you’re a Pokemon newcomer or a veteran, Version 2 is a compelling handheld adventure. Few kids games are this well designed, offer such value for money, or are as fun for adults to play.


PETA attack against ‘Pokémon’ hurts itself in its confusion

As if Ash Ketchum didn’t have enough to deal with in fighting Team Rocket, now he has to defend himself againstPETA.

The organization released a statement last week condemning the popular video game and television series, “Pokémon,” as a proponent of animal cruelty: “Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments. The way that Pokémon are stuffed into pokéballs is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods,” a press release reads.

The group coupled this with the release of its own online video game, titled, “Pokémon Black and Blue: Gotta Free ‘em All,” in which abused Pokémon fight back against their owners.

Well, thank God. I was really concerned. If there’s one thing we need to worry about right now, it’s the safety of fictional characters from 1990s television shows.

This isn’t the first time PETA has come “to the rescue” when it comes to fictional characters, either. In 2011, the group protested the game “Battlefield 3” because players are forced to kill a rat within the first few seconds of a level.

Later last year, the Mario brothers were thrust into the center of a scandal when PETA protested the use of a “tanooki suit” as a power-up. Apparently, it was too similar to a real animal: the tanuki raccoon dog, which is notorious for being beaten and skinned for its fur. Who will protect the beloved tanuki raccoon dog from the vicious, hate-filled propaganda of Mario the Plumber if not PETA?

The group has become so well known for blowing things out of proportion that the real meaning of their protests is lost. It actively searches for any little thing it can attack in popular culture so it can get its name in the papers and, more often than not, it’s wrong.

In the case of the new “Pokémon” game, it has completely ignored the real message of the Pokémon franchise, which is not one of animal cruelty.

“PETA seems to have missed the single biggest theme of the Pokémon series: that Pokémon should be treated humanely and live as our equals,” said David Ewalt of Forbes. “The games are loaded with an endless stream of characters who go on and on about true friendship between man and Pokémon.”

Exactly. What part of “you’re my best friend in a world we must defend” did you not get? “Pokémon” has not only promoted the idea of equality in the past, its most recently released games also focus on liberating Pokémon. So, relax PETA. I think we all know the real reason you’re lashing out is that it’s taking forever to get your Magikarp to level 100.

 

PETA, which stands for “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals,” is a large international organization infamous for their radical attempts to defend animal rights. When Black and White came out, many people thought Team Plasma might have been inspired by PETA since, like PETA, Team Plasma wants to liberate Pokemon from their Trainers. Welp, it seems PETA has responded to their portrayal in Unova by creating a mini-game to tie in with Black 2 and White 2‘s release where they can tell the world what they themselves actually think.

The game features you as Pikachu, Tepig, Snivy, and Oshawott attacking Cheren, Professor Juniper, Ghetsis, and Ash. Before and after you battle them, you have discussions about animal ethics (using Pokemon and Pokemon terminology, of course).

While it may appear at first that PETA is attacking the Pokemon franchise with this game, it seems more like they’re using Pokemon’s popularity as an opportunity to educate children about animal cruelty. As you play the game, you unlock raw videos of animals getting beaten and they use Pokemon examples for what you shouldn’t do in real life to your animals (like constrain your animals in cages). There is also a point where you battle Ash and he tells you, as Pikachu, that he doesn’t care for you, never cared to ask you if you wanted to battle other Pokemon, and never cared whether you were stuffed in a Poke Ball or not. This may be meant to make fans say “That’s the exact opposite of the truth” and think about all the times Ash has cared for Pikachu (which makes you think about how to treat animals), while making non-fans think that what Ash is saying is cruel and that they would never treat animals like that. This disconnect is where the moral message is generated (at least that’s my interpretation!). Or it could just be that PETA is crazy and blindly attacking the franchise… who knows…

 

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