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It’s My Birthday I’ll Play Pokemon If I Want To

7 Mar

Although I do like Pokemon a lot, it does not get my pants all wet. I’m referring to the Black Dude Who Loves Pokemon. If you haven’t seen that yet I highly suggest you watch it, that way you can imagine my excitement -100% of the sexual jokes. That man is just horny about Pokemon.

Anyway, I did reserve my copy of Pokemon White at Gamestop and immediately went to pick it up, disappointed that it did not come with coolfreestuff–I heard that Target was giving away ARTBOOKS with your purchase of Pokemon Black or White, and there was also a special edition DSi that came with either Black or White. I have other useless crap to collect so of course I did not purchase the special edition DSi. (By “other useless crap” I mean, that I ordered the “Tron” collectors’ edition package which includes the remix CD, a glow-in-the-dark Daft Punk/Tron poster, and a 5-disc DVD/CD.)

Special edition Pokemon Black + DSi. Image via google.com

Special edition Pokemon White + DSi. Image via google.com

I finally beat the Elite Four in my Pokemon SoulSilver game today so I felt it was appropriate to start playing Pokemon White. Loading the game into my DSi, I immediately realized that the new intro to Pokemon was pretty epic. Some kid gets CROWNED. What is this, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA!?!?! After I made that remark, my friend who ALSO purchased the game said the exact same thing.

I did a really stupid thing and forgot to save after leveling up my Pokemon to a good level and after catching 2 Pokemon and leveling THEM up as well so it was a fail-tastic hour of my life, but if you had lost interest in playing the Pokemon games I will briefly highlight what I thoroughly enjoyed about this new edition of the series:

1. Battle animations. The pokemon do not just stand there and move a few pixels forward. They actually fold their arms or bounce around. My Oshawott looks like a flailing otter. Still cute though.

2. Seasons. You start off playing the game during Autumn, and leaves blow around the screen for a dramatic effect. I wonder if you get to change your attire come Winter because walking around in a short-sleeved jacket would not be wise.

3. Guessing what type of new Pokemon you will encounter. I don’t really do my research whenever I hear about new Pokemon, I just guess by the name and how it looks, and like to be surprised, pleasantly or not. The developers made it easy for us lazyasses by making the water Pokemon (my favorites) looking like they came from the ocean, or coloring them blue. Because if there’s one thing I learned from video games, blue=water.

4. That one Pokemon not chosen by you or your rival is no longer FOREVERALONE. (Usually the plant Pokemon, amirite??) You start with 2 friends in the town–Cheren and Bianca. Bianca is an airhead, I am sorry. Not hating on the girls here. She has a big ass though, lol.

Cheren & Bianca. Image via pokemon-sp.jp

5. The game is finally supposed to be harder. I can see this already as I have been running into the same 2-3 Pokemon in the first 2 cities, so you’re a bit stuck with training these Pokemon in order to progress properly in the game.

I wish I could say I played the game a lot more but UNFORTUNATELY I FORGOT TO SAVE PROPERLY SO…. I am going to sit in the corner and facepalm for the rest of the night.

I also found this comic today which illustrated my exact experience at Gamestop today…

Sh*t I’m Excited for This Week… 9/12/10

10 Sep

OMG FINALLY. TAKE FOREVER, NINTENDO AND LEVEL5! HOW LONG HAVE I WAITED FOR PROFESSOR LAYTON 3 SO I CAN THEN WATCH THE MOVIE IN PROPER PROFESSOR LAYTON SEQUENCE? I would have picked up the game in Japan last year if not for my shoddy Japanese abilities. And especially for a puzzle-heavy game as Professor Layton, I can’t really guess the context to properly solve the mysteries/riddles/understand the story.

I’m one of those people who absolutely despises English-dubbed anything that was originally in Japanese (please don’t hate me for it), but I actually don’t mind the dub in the American version of Professor Layton games. The dubs are done quite well. Luke is freaking adorable!

Professor Layton is a great departure from the usual lengthy adventure games like Legend of Zelda or the never-ending RPG I’m playing now, Dragon Quest IX. Sure, there are 200+ puzzles in each Professor Layton game, but you can speed through it within a week or less. The previous game, Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, took me a mere 4 days to beat (I work during the day so I just play at night, neglecting boyfriends and …. chores). The cool thing about these games is that you can unlock passwords acquired from previous games to uncover some surprises in the new games. I say this as if it’s consistent throughout all the games even though I’ve only played two, so I’m actually just hoping the 3rd game also includes this feature.

Also, if you have never played a Prof. Layton game, I wouldn’t compare it to Phoenix Wright, which also requires a decent amount of brain function to further progress in the game. Layton is entirely puzzles and logic. If you absolutely hate using your brain and have no patience to, for example, shift blocks around in order to move a ball from the top part of the screen to the bottom part of the screen, you probably won’t enjoy the Professor Layton games. However, if your hand-eye coordination is mediocre and you have the patience to play through a couple games of Sudoku, I highly suggest Professor Layton. Since the rest of my life is pretty average, solving puzzles in these games makes me feel a slight sense of accomplishment, which is pretty pathetic I suppose.

After solving a number of puzzles, you’ll learn more about the characters through some click-through dialogue or some cute animation drawing you deeper into the main mystery. I actually look forward to the animated bits; I guess just based off the animated portions a movie was inevitable, right? (Plus, I really dig the music. It’s kind of spooky.)

So while I still have a few games on my DS that I have NOT beaten yet, I will still rush to GameStop on Sunday morning to pick up my copy of Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.

Just how much do I love Professor Layton? Please see the below photo of this cosplayer. I met her at Anime Expo this year (she was not in the Luke costume, by the way), and we somehow started talking about DS games. She mentioned she did a Luke cosplay previously and I would have been an idiot to turn down what could possibly be a superb and enriching friendship.

Professor Layton / Luke cosplay

Luke crossplay is awesome.

T-Pain Hates the Weak

29 Aug

Since MegaWoman blogged about how she always names her player(s) “PENIS”, I thought I should also share my video game character naming preferences. Please excuse the sheisty quality of these photos.

I for some reason enjoy naming my villains “T-Pain“. I don’t have a personal vendetta towards the guy. But for a while, wasn’t it better to have T-Pain in a bit of everything? So I’d like to inject that idea into my video games.

Pokemon SoulSilver

T-Pain is my angry, red-haired rival in Pokemon SoulSilver

When it comes to my own character name, my character is always called “menace“. Oh. That’s my blog profile name too. This nickname came about at my previous job, where nobody could pronounce my name correctly, hence calling me “Dennis”, which turned into “Dennis the Menace”, which then, through a series of coworkers too lazy for names with more than 3 syllables, became, “The Menace”. For a while I even had my own jingle, “Dennis~ the MEH~nace~”. (Um, just use your imagination or something…) After that it just kind of stuck. Because my previous nickname was “Mushroom”. That doesn’t sound threatening at all, in any way, and I’m not sure that many people even like mushrooms.

My closest friends know that I listen to a lot of kpop (Korean pop music), and I have a fetish for extremely pretty Asian boys, most of which are probably prettier than me. So why not integrate my kpop boys into my games? After all, it’s my fantasy world, right? Here’s a screenshot from my Dragon Quest IX game. You can see that I named my priest “Taemin“, who, in my books, is the barely-legal lead dancer from the kpop group SHINee. I even gave him awesome hair like Taemin has IRL. And look, he even has slanted eyes and wears vibrant clothing! It’s too bad my priest is the weakest link in my party.

Taemin of SHINee

Taemin of SHINee, image via http://demenkorea.blogspot.com

Dragon Quest IX - Priest Custom Character

My priest, TAEMIN! Mwahaha...

What are your game naming preferences? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear them!

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