You may have noticed that I’ve been periodically disappearing from the blog lately and leaving the poor thing post-less on days there should be posts.
Oops. Sorry about that. I’ve been desperately applying for jobs since I graduated college in May and having no luck so far, so I live in a cycle of “apply for jobs, do a thing to de-stress from the applying process, realize I’m definitely not gonna hear back from the places I applied to.” What’s the thing I do to de-stress?
When I’m not reading, I’m probably playing Pokemon.
Back when Pokemon Yellow came out, my brother fell in love with it. Naturally, he bought Pokemon Silver when it came out in the US in 2000 and then its updated edition Pokemon Crystal in 2001. He logged ridiculous amounts of time on all three games and I quickly got in on the fun with him once I learned how to understand the games and read. (All that came to me fairly quickly even though I was six/seven at the time.)
Even now, I have fond memories of stealing his Game Boy Color and his three games in order to play around a bit and train his Pokemon. He was pretty angry at me at first, but since I never restarted the games, he learned to deal with it. My brother and I have always been polar opposites and Pokemon became a safe way for us to play with each other. Most other attempts ended with one of us trying to stab, suffocate, or damage the eardrums of the other.
(We still don’t get along and Pokemon is still one of the only ways we do get along.)
I was hardly going to get away with stealing my brother’s Pokemon games to play with forever, so when Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire came out in 2003, my parents let me have my own Game Boy Advance and my very own copy of Ruby. For the first time, I could play through the adventure on my own instead of watching my brother play or spiriting away his copy to train his Pokemon further once he’d beaten the game.
I’ve been playing ever since and track news about Pokemon Sun and Moon like a woman obsessed.
Quick fact round:
Favorite generation: Gen 3/Hoenn region
Favorite region (mild difference): Unova region
The regions ranked according to how much I like them in their generation:
- Gen 3 (Hoenn)
- Gen 5 (Unova)
- Gen 1 (Kanto)/Gen 2 (Johto)/Gen 6 (Kalos)
- Gen 4 (Sinnoh)
Favorite Pokemon: Glaceon and Inkay
Favorite legendary: Suicune and Latios
The Pokemon games I’ve played over the years: *takes a deep breath and underlines titles I still own*
- Hey You, Pikachu!
- Stadium 2
- Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire
- XD: Gale of Darkness
- Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
- Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
- Ranger: Shadows of Almia
- Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
- Ranger: Guardian Signs
- Battle Revolution
- White 2
- Rumble Blast
- Dungeon: Gates to Infinity
- Omega Ruby
- Alpha Sapphire
- Rumble World
Do I watch the show?: Did when I was little like many kids, quit around the time they moved on to Diamond and Pearl. So no!
Excitement level for Gen 7: SO FUCKING EXCITED OMFG. I liked a lot of changes they made in Gen 6, such as allowing us to customize our characters in X and Y, and they seem to be going in yet another new direction for Gen 7 with the island challenge and the Alola forms of Gen 1 Pokemon like Meowth, Raichu, and Vulpix.
I expect Alola Ninetales to become one of my new favorites and I’ll never tire of Alola Exeggutor because it’s the Meme Pokemon. SO BAD-LOOKING. BUT SO BEAUTIFUL.
My brother and I both want Moon, but because we like to trade to complete our Pokedexes, we always get the opposite versions. He’s usually the decision-maker (aka he gets the version he wants and I get the other one), but because I’m tracking the news of new Pokemon and developments for him, I get to be the decision-maker this time. Thus, I’m getting Moon. I got to be the decision-maker for X and Y as well!
I do replays fairly often as well. It means restarting my games and often losing all my progress from the last time I played, but I do my best to get the worthwhile Pokemon to a different version so they’ll be saved from the great erasure. Getting Pokemon Bank has made it so much easier to get my beloved Pokemon from older versions to the most current!
Right now, I’m in the middle of an ordinary replay of Pokemon HeartGold and a modified Wonderlocke run replay of Pokemon Omega Ruby.
What the hell is a Wonderlocke run? Well, some YouTubers I watch on occasion decided to do it in a friendly “who can beat the game first” versus and I got inspired. The regular set of rules for going Wonderlocke are pretty strict, so I went with a modified version that follows these rules:
- You can only catch the first Pokemon you encounter in a new route.
- You take the Pokemon you caught and Wonder Trade it away. Even your starter goes into Wonder Trade.
- Got duplicates or Pokemon of too high a level for you to use from Wonder Trade? Put ’em back in!
- If one of your Pokemon faints, it goes permanently into the PC.
Definitely an easier, less complex version of the challenge, but it retains the heart of what makes it and its father challenge the Nuzlocke so difficult.
So far, I’ve been having a blast! I got a ridiculous number of duplicates and unusable Pokemon, but I eventually pulled together a team that included a Charmander and a Froakie (!!!) because some beautiful souls breed the starters and put the hatched level 1 Pokemon into Wonder Trade.
As of right now, I’m getting ready to challenge the fourth gym and the game is significantly easier not just because it’s Omega Ruby (admittedly a much easier game to play than its original version Ruby) but because all of my Pokemon being trades means they level up much faster. Then again, it’s a double-edged sword; twice now, my Pokemon have gotten to too high a level too quickly and they stopped listening to me until I got the gym badge needed to get them listening to me again.
And now you know I’m a huge Pokemon dork if you didn’t already know. Are you into Pokemon too? Let me know! I’m always here for fellow Pokemon fanatics to talk to about the games with.