Fiery Companion

There comes a point in time where every gamer must make the choice …. Ah bloody hell, we all know where this sentence is going. Anyways, in my second FireRed playthrough, my starter’s Squirtle, although my starter was Charmander in my previous playthrough. That is because I know I can have a much better fire-type Pokémon later in the game – Arcanine. Since this was my second playthrough, I know where to find my beloved fire pup. After an agonizing lack of fluffy fire-breathing cuteness for longer than it should be, I found the one grass patch that I was seeking. And… [Continue Reading]

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Twitch Plays Pokemon: A Legacy

Who remembers Twitch Plays Pokemon? It was exactly three years ago and one of the first massive online events I remember personally participating in. For those who weren’t there, here’s a quick rundown: on February 12 2014, a new Twitch stream opened up called “Twitch Plays Pokemon” that challenged the viewers to work together to beat the classic Pokemon Red. The game would recognize any commands input into the Twitch chat like “A”, “Up” or “Select” and would execute them in the order they were received. As TV Tropes put it, it was “over 100,000 people fighting over a controller.” And it… [Continue Reading]

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Why Rotom Is Best Pokemon

I already wrote an article on Rattata, my favorite Pokemon, but I also have a favorite ‘useful Pokemon’, ie my favorite who is actually viable in combat and can slot into teams with a goal of helping beat the game. It also happens to be the Pokemon I would pick if I got to keep one in real life. It’s Rotom! Rotom originated in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl, and could only be obtained after beating the Elite Four. The Old Chateau is a haunted mansion with a dark and troubled past, and a single Rotom would attack you if you mess with… [Continue Reading]

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A Tribute to Rattata, My Favorite Pokemon

I was in high school when Pokemania swept the country back in the 90s. I first learned about it when I was walking through my hometown’s shopping mall and Nintendo had a massive expo setup to promote the new movie Pokemon 2000: The Power of One. You got a free Pokemon card just for stopping by, and that was where I received my first Pokemon ever:   I fell into buying the playing cards and watching the TV show like every other kid, but I wasn’t allowed to play the games so it wasn’t until college that I finally got to play… [Continue Reading]

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Killing Floor 2 and Pokemon Sun & Moon are released!

After over a year in Early Access, Tripwire did what most Early Access games never accomplish and have released the game on November 18th mostly feature-complete. As I mention in this video, they finally earned my approval back through the high quality of their content and a faster release schedule than we had to endure for the first 8 months. Now the game is a genuinely-fun shoot-em-up with a wide arsenal of gorgeously-animated firearms. The new Survivalist perk is live and while most of the popular builds seem to be some sort of combat medic, I’ve still really enjoyed getting… [Continue Reading]

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Pokemon GO

I’m pretty sure I’m not the first person you’ve met who’s recommended you try out Pokemon GO. The mobile app game has taken the entire universe by storm, quickly becoming the most downloaded thing ever, surpassing even the internet and stolen cars. However, in light of recent events, I must taper what would have been a 100% glowing review just a few weeks ago. I first turned the game on August 8th, shortly after it first went live in America. The first Pokemon that greeted me was a Squirtle right in my bedroom! After wasting so many Pokeballs on him… [Continue Reading]

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