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#319 My Problem with Pokemon’s Inconsistency

This entire weekend, much like last week, was dedicated solely to playing the newest version of Pokemon. To my delight the game is surprisingly well polished, always making sure that I could ever get lost, the soundtrack beautiful and at times is incredibly french, and even opting to keep the Exp Share on in my adventures there is still a huge about of challenging content that I experienced with me still just two badges in.

But more importantly, Pokemon X/Y finally gave the newest generation of Pokemon natural sounding animal cries instead of the chip-bit battle cries of previous games, that broke the flow of the game for me in back in Black and White.

and in a very nice addition Nintendo even added Pikchu's Voice Actress into the game

and in a very nice addition Nintendo even added Pikachu’s Voice Actress to do the battle cries of everyone’s favorite electric Pokemon

 

Even with all of that praise there is one flaw with the Pokemon series that I always found annoying, Pokemon games has this problem of adding cool and unique mechanics in their newest games and then abandoning any support in future Pokemon generation.

Generation II (Silver and Gold) had night and day in the world map and specific Pokemon that only appears in the Morning/Day/Evening or Night. And while they brought the effect in later games but for a few game in between where the map was bathed in permanent sunlight.

My appoligies to this post's images, being unable to take my own screenshots in the game forced to me to use images from other websites. Image via bulbapedia

My apologizes to this post’s images, being unable to take my own screenshots in the various games forced to me to use images from other websites.
Image via bulbapedia

 

In generation III (Ruby and Sapphire) Nintendo not only added the Diving HM mechanic, allowing you to explore the ocean floor for items and sea-dwelling Pokemon but this generation also had the Secret Power/Secret Room minigame where you can carve out hidden customization bases around the world to all your own and if you mixed records with other players with the trading link, you could leave your personalized bases, with a copy of yourself,  in other person’s game. Nintendo never brought it back for future games but that one addition made the Pokemon world seem much more bigger, knowing that your friends are hidden somewhere in your game.

This is the one thing I miss the most from Generation III  Image via bulbapedia

This is the one thing I miss the most from Generation III plus when you shared data with other people you would hear about their adventures on your television.
Image via bulbapedia

 

Generation IV (Diamond and Pearl) had The Underground, a series of mines and tunnels that ran beneath the region and it served a way to causally interact with local players, like a combination of the Secret rooms and a prototype of the 3DS’s Street Pass but it also was a great way to farm for those rare evolutionary stones (fire stones, water stones, lighting stones ect.), fossils and rare shards.

I spent so many hours setting down traps around my farming spot just to mess with my brothers

I spent so many hours setting down traps around my farming spot just to mess with my brothers  Image via bulbapedia

 

In Pokemon Soul Silver and Heart Gold had the selling point of letting the first Pokemon in your party walk behind you throughout your adventures, like they did in Pokemon Yellow, but like all other features, was dropped the feature in future games.

although it was a bit silly seeing the legendary Zapdos following behind you in  the low level areas

although it was a bit silly seeing the legendary Zapdos following behind you in the low-level areas

 

And Generation V (Black and White) had the four seasons but as I was playing through Pokemon X/Y I saw no signs of any seasonal changes to the environment.

While this entire post can be disarmed with the counter argument that Pokemon X/Y is on a new engine and handheld so it is not surprising that they could not fit the old features in this newest games but the gaming world where other series (Mario and Zelda for example) keep the old mechanics while adding something new I find this trend frustrating, because some little additions to the game really made it stand out from the previous generation and I can guarantee that this trend will continue with the next generation of Pokemon games.

But that’s just my two cents on the matter, what do you think about the whole issue about Nintendo choosing not the bring back some of the older features and what was your favorite feature in previous Pokemon games?


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#318 Finally getting my hands on a new handheld

Christmas has come and gone, all the presents are unwrapped and while I got plenty of gifts the highlight of the day was the Nintendo 3DS.

I cannot wait to collect all the Street passes when I go to PAX East

I cannot wait to collect all the Street passes when I go to PAX East

I talked a bit about Nintendo before, how the Wii U is the only console that I was looking forward to in the now-current gaming generation. Simply it was the only console that brought something new to the gaming world.

Nintendo tends to create first-party exclusives that works with their  specific console hardware, making it tough to argue a port to the PC and unlike the other living room consoles the game’s exclusives like Dead Rising 3 or the Infamous series.

Although Nintendo is not without sin, I still can't connect to the Nintendo Store and update my 3DS or Pokemon Y

Although Nintendo is not without sin, During Christmas evening I could not connect to the Nintendo Store to download some vital update the 3DS and the Pokemon game.

 

It is not just the Nintendo Console exclusives that I care about,  the 3DS has really blossomed over the past two years with a surprising about of must have games for the handheld including Kid Icarus: Uprising , Fire Emblem, A Link Between Worlds, and of course the most recent Pokemon game.

Previous gaming generations I was, lets say, financially stable enough to go out to purchase more Gameboy/DS games outside the few I got for Christmas and Birthdays but now that I am an adult out of college with a proper full-time job I can justify visiting my local game shop more often than once in a blue moon.

To emphasis how I was looking forward to the 3DS, I spent the past two nights curled up in my bedroom completely ignoring my PC -with the still continuing Winter sales- opting instead to poke around the preinstalled 3DS apps and the latest Pokemon game. And both of those nights I had real, genuine, fun going through the new Pokemon region I even kept playing late into the night trying to catch a Honedge for my team on route 6.

The fun is from one part nostalgia one part exploring something completely new

The fun is from one part nostalgia one part exploring something completely new


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#317 Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! There is no regular Be MOP post today but to make it up to everyone who clicked through this site on Christmas day here is this year’s photo of me with Santa Claus:

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You are never too old to have your picture taken with Santa

 

and here’s the Santa photo with of me and the rest of my brothers and sisters:

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It’s not a Nozell Christmas without the yearly Santa photo for our family album

 

Now if you excuse me, there are some presents that needs to be opened and my family just started to marathon of the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. Merry Christmas everyone I will see you guys back here this Friday.

 


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#316 The Magic of the Steam Winter Sale

The Winter Steam Sales is in full swing with their standard sales and price cuts that have made Valve so famous and beloved by all PC players.

And with this is the time of year (summer too) where I my brothers, and I assume many other gamers cut their purse strings loose and buy the big games that have been sitting on our wishlist for the past few months without having to worry about being undercut by a sudden Steal sale in a few months. There is also extremely magical about buying an AAA game for just $5.

I've heard of so many people buying games at full price last week and they are kicking themselves in the wallet now.

I’ve heard of so many people buying games at full price last week and they are kicking themselves in the wallet now.

But I also I use this event as a time to go out and take a chance on games I never heard of or might be a bit hesitant about, an act I normally never do when the games are at their normal asking price.

For example, La-mulana? I heard nothing but good things about the game around the web and for Flash sale price of 1.99 how could I say no?

The Bridge, an indie 2d logic puzzle about physics and perspective that challenges your mind with stages that draws inspiration from Isaac Newton and MC Escher, looks amazing enough try out for just three dollars

Paranautical Activity, a game that is quoted in its description as the combination of “the classic FPS action of games like Doom and Quake, with the randomness and difficulty of modern roguelikes like Binding of Isaac and Spelunky” This game looks like it was made with me in mind.

This is the first early access game I bought into, lets hope it successes

I only found this game because it was one of the contender for Yesterday’s Community’s Choice poll

 

So far I have purchased five games from these sales, the three games I already mentioned, Bulletstorm and the sequel to one of the first PC indie games I ever played, Runner 2. All these games added to my and the Winter Sales are not even half over yet, I do not even want to think about what my wallet will look like at the end of the year.

I haven't been bothered to do any reserach but I have a theory that one of the critizems of Runner 1 is that there was no much of a plot

I haven’t been bothered to do any research but I have a theory that one of the criticism of Runner 1 is that there was not much of a plot. That is the only reason I could think on why the game developers added a crazy plot delivered by an over the top voice actor

 


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#315 Two Years

Today is a cause for celebration because yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of me sitting down, registering this WordPress, started my adventure of blogging with Be MOP.

It feels just like yesterday when I wrote this post outlining everything I planned to talk about on this site.

It feels just like yesterday when I wrote this post outlining everything I planned to talk about on this site.

 

I do no tell this story often but I actually started this blogging experiment after I experienced a mini quarter-life crisis when I came to the harsh realization that I was almost out of college and I might not go as far in the work force as I had hoped with just a bachelor degree in Political Science so I decided to start writing about one of my favorite activity and just go from there.

Since then I published my first blog post I updated this  every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the past 105 weeks without skipping  an update, for better or worst. It was scary for a bit in the summer when I decided to change the direction of Be MOP by move away from blogging exclusively about and aim towards more of a general video game news and event but I think it was worth it, because now I’m up to about one political gaming blog post a month.

Hey I gotta use my Political Science degree somehow....

Hey I gotta use my Political Science degree somehow….

But now I just want to say thank you to everyone who ever visited my little corner of the web, thank you for all the views, likes and comments. It really keeps me going during the creative dry spells.

Just like my Year One post:

To make this go full circle here’s a the link to my first post on this blog. Enjoy and I’ll see you back here Monday.


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#314 What games are you hoping to get for Christmas?

We are well into the Christmas season, a time for watching sappy holiday romantic comedies, eating seasonal snacks and the getting in the gift giving spirit so my question for you today is: “Are there any games that are you are looking forward to see under the Christmas Tree next week?”

For me I know what I will be looking forward to a shiny new 3DS and a copy of Pokemon Y to go with when I wake up on Christmas day.

I haven't seriously played handheld games in years, it looks like 2014 is going to be a fun year for me

I haven’t seriously played handheld games in years, it looks like 2014 is going to be a fun year for me

 

or if you do not observe Christmas another question between GoG and Humble Bundle it seems that every gaming  store (on and offline) are having their end of the year Winter blowout sales  so, “What games have you already bought or are looking forward to buying during all of the video games winter sales?”

Currently I’m hoping to pick up Spec Ops: The Line, Fallout 3, the entire Assassin’s Creed series, and Lego Marvel Super Heroes along with a handful of indie games for pennies on the dollar

All of the friends told me this game is the perfect game to complement the Christmas season

All of the friends told me this game is the perfect game to complement the Christmas season

I’m interested in hearing what you will be looking forward to this holiday season?


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#313 The oddity of GoG.com

Very recently I had to set up a GoG account for last week’s Fallout giveaway and because now that I have a GoG account spent a bit of time this weekend looking around the online store to see what it was all about. After a bit of poking around I came to the conclusion that Good old Games is bit of an abnormality on today’s internet.

To recap Gog.com, short for Good old Games, is an online digital distributions store that focuses on selling nothing but indie, old, and obscure games from the past the other digital distribution shops and physical PC shops might not carry, games like the  entire Ultima and the Thief series.

While I never played this game I do remember reading  the short story it was based on.

While I never played this game I do remember reading the short story it was based on and I look forward to playing it soon

On top of being a specialty store for specific and obscure games the other appeal of GoG is that all of the games sold on their site are free from any type of Digital rights management. You can redownload the games as much as you want, copy it for all of your friends, torrent on for the rest of the internet, the games sold here has no type log-in or barrier between you and the game. Which in today’s video gaming world with more and more advanced and aggressive DRM tactics is almost unheard off.

On top of the Fallout games, when you make an account with GoG they give you about a half dozen games for free

On top of the Fallout games, when you make an account with GoG they give you about a half-dozen games for free as well.

That’s what is so weird (to me) about GoG, that in today’s gaming world, with a focus on the newest and fancier games comes with DRM for our newest gaming systems, there is a marketplace that focuses on the preserving and redistributing games of the past, the PC games that the might have been played by the averaged gamer might have played back when there were a child.

What is more amazing of the existence of the market place on the internet is that it found a demographic and can funded enough to not only continue to stay online but to grow and become established site for PC games.

Of course between the internet and the free market capitalism there is very little that should acutely surprise me on the internet

Of course between the internet and free market capitalism I shouldn’t be surprised on the type of stores that appears online

 


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