lol001 made a friend at my friend’s dorm!
lol001: “gimme my goddamn coffee u fucker”
My mom always wonders why I reread, rewatch, and replay things numerous times. Well, this is why. I’m glad I went over and decided to grab screenshots for references because I probably wouldn’t have caught just how inconsistent Gonzap’s design is again.
Whoa, we’re halfway there! It’s almost near the end of this challenge, and the beginning of the 6th generation of Pokémon!
Day 15 - Favorite region in the Pokémon world
Orre seems like an odd choice because more than half of it is nothing but desert, but I don’t like Orre simply because it’s a giant sand box. I really like it because it has so much potential as a region.
We know it has a scarce amount of wild Pokémon, probably because of its desolate state, but we know there are Pokémon that are more than capable of living in deserts (Just look at R/S/E and B/W/B2/W2), so why is it that Orre lacks many wild Pokémon? If they managed to increase that with the PokéSpots, could the scientific power behind Orre discover more ways to increase this? Could it eventually become a more independent Pokémon region of its own?
Also, the atmosphere as a whole is just interesting to me. It feels a lot more hostile than other regions and people aren’t as trusting. What makes them so different? What is it about their culture that we don’t know that makes this area different from other places in the Pokémon world?
Another thing is despite that Orre is more than half of desert, it still had some interesting locations, like The Under in Pokémon Colosseum, Pyrite Town, Phenac City, Agate Village and Gateon Port in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
Overall, I think what makes Orre my favorite is all the mystery shrouding it. There’s so much about the region we don’t know about, which is why I’d really love if we could get another console game based in the Orre region. It doesn’t even have to be about Shadow Pokémon. Please Game Freak, let’s just explore this region more!
fuck it’s like 3:30 am and my first class starts at 8 am
do i even have class other than that one
like i know we have review that day for the one class but?? we already handed in our course evaluation for the one class and we literally do nothing anymore in the other so??? should i go??????
Countdown to Pokémon X and Y!
This week on the countdown we are covering one of the most underappreciated gems in the Pokémon library. For this week, we take a look at Genius Sonority’s Pokémon Colosseum.
For years now, Pokémon trainers have clamored for the opportunity to put themselves in the shoes of Team Rocket, recurring villains in both the Pokémon portable titles and the Anime. While traditional developers may have shied away from this idea, Genius Sonority presents us with all of the horrifying, uncomfortable repercussions of such an idea. And we at Nintendo Vale love and laud them for it. Even if we never really got into The Denpa Men.
For in addition to an excellent evolution of the Pokémon Stadium’s options for multiplayer battles and single player challenges, Colosseum includes a story mode. A tragic tale unfolds before our eyes as we witness the rise of the villainous Wes. This yellow-eyed, expressionless monster begins our tale by breaking ties with his former allies at Team Snagem, an obvious knockoff of Team Rocket and their successors, when he sees an opportunity to take their most precious possession: a device to steal Pokémon from other trainers. Yes, it’s a dumb name, but that’s not the point. Get over it.
Readers, I want you to take a second to think about the horrific implications that we are describing here. Imagine that you go to a tournament with your prized collection of six Pokémon. No doubt you’ve spent months, even years, going through the process of finding the perfect team, one that complements each other’s strengths and compensates for each other’s weaknesses perfect. You have done the tedious process of EV training each of them. And I hate you for it. But besides that, there is the emotional investment you have put into each. Perhaps one of them is the first Pokémon you ever owned, carried with you from generation to generation. Perhaps there is another that, although all your friends tell you it’s too weak and not worth your time, you have had too many fond memories together to leave it behind. Each one cherished and loved, each one the product of so many hours of blood, sweat, and tears. Occasionally your own. And then somehow, during the tournament another trainer weakens your Pokémon, throws his own Pokéball, and captures it. Then he leaves, never to be seen again. And your Pokémon is now his. This is something you did not think was even possible, something you never prepared for emotionally. And you are left there, standing in shock, trying to figure out what happened. Understanding what that feels like is essential to understanding Colosseum.
Now of course, any other game would have you play as the hero who has come to put an end to Wes’ crimes against the world of Pokémon. Perhaps, if they were a bit more progressive, you are given a chain of choices to make to decide if Wes transforms into a hero or becomes the puppy-kicking sociopath he is. Probably there would be no middle ground option, and most of your decisions would be of no consequence except to determine what ending you got. But the tragedy here is that this is not Wes’ story, or even the story of Wes’ rival. No, this is the story of the woman who loves him. We see everything through the eyes of Rui, a teenaged girl who is kidnapped by Wes’ former associates. Naively, she mistakes what Wes sees simply as an opportunity to eliminate a group of rivals as a sign that he is her knight in shining armor, come to rescue her. You know, stupid teenage girl ‘bad boy’ worship. The kind that makes a girl go after the pretty boy stoner in detention rather than the nice, upstanding and hard-working student who actually has a future, unlike that jobless loser who keeps trying to mooch off his parents just to pay rent. GREAT CHOICE YOU MADE THERE BECCA.
Anyway, from that point forward, we watch with discomfort as Rui’s mind works to justify her first impression of Wes. For whatever reason, she desperately needs to see him as heroic, whether out of puppy love or as the result of some deep-seated trauma. But probably because she’s stupid, vapid, and her breasts weren’t even that great in the first place when you’ve had a few years to look back on them by stalking her on Facebook. In either case, the girl deludes herself into viewing all the trainers he victimizes as evil and all the Pokémon he steals as corrupted and in need of “purification”. Wes, for his part, is silent and seemingly emotionless. His thoughts and intent can only be judged by his actions. Even so, it is easy to judge where his motives are as he eliminates and humiliates all his former allies and captures Pokémon after Pokémon. Only Rui seems unable to see it, trapped in a world of denial and delusion as she is. At the end, her delusion escalates so that even a kindly old mayor is seen as the Devil Incarnate in order to justify Wes’ villainous actions towards him.
The true horror of this scenario is how familiar we all are with it. How hard people work to avoid facing the unpleasant reality that their friends and loved ones are not who they first thought they were. How many bad relationships just keep going because one party desperately clings to the belief that the other person should be judged on past impressions and not present actions. As much as other Pokémon titles try to explore themes like the power of friendship or exploitation of labor, I do not believe a title since has so skillfully confronted the player with the more unpleasant, even terrible, sides of relationships.
And so the player is confronted with the nagging thought, gnawing at them as they go through the game: if this girl is so easily duped into helping this bastard, how many monsters have I enabled to commit atrocities? How many decent people have I damned because I was unable to look outside of my own prejudices and limited perspective?
A Pokémon game that makes you think about issues like this? For our money, that’s a must play.
Especially for SOME PEOPLE.
SAILOR SATURN: onward!
LOL001: i’m really not enjoying this
SAILOR SATURN: wheee! landing!
LOL001: yanno i’m still not enjoying this
SAILOR SATURN: oh.
LOL001: shit. look what did i just tell you i KNEW we were gonna get eaten