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#471 Three Years

Today is a day for celebration, because today is the three year anniversary marking the event when I created this Be MOP blog and published it’s first post on WordPress. As I said in last year’s post (Be MOP #315), this blog was created after my Junior college midterms after I experienced a very early quarter life crisis.

What is impressive is that in my three years of blogging I still have the bragging rights of not missed any of my Monday, Wednesday, Friday blog post deadlines. Three years of trying to balance college midterms, finals, graduations, dealing with the transition away from college life, and all of the random inconveniences that popped up along the way I was still here, updating my blog on the same schedule I created for myself since Day One.

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Since my last 2013 anniversary post and now, what now has changed with me and this blog?

At the start of the year I received a 3DS handheld system with a copy of Pokemon Y for Christmas (Be MOP #318) with lead to influx of various Pokemon and Mario posts appearing on this blog. Later in the year I went out and bought a Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle (Be MOP #391) and went full Nintendo Fan Boy with this blog by writing about almost nothing but Nintendo from October to December.

But how can you blame me? All of those Nintendo exclusive games were fun from beginning to end and it was a refreshing change of pace from almost anything else I played through on my PC. Nintendo was something I did not know I needed until I got it, now it has been a staple of my weekly free gaming time.

It is amazing that the Wii U, the weakest console this gen, has been able to pump out the most amazing games from this year with having Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Smash run at either 720p or 1080p while having the frame rate be locked at 60fps. I have a theory that the people at Nintendo code their games on magic.

It is amazing that the Wii U, the weakest console this gen, has been able to pump out the most amazing games from this year with having Mario Kart 8, Super Mario 3D World, and Smash run at either 720p or 1080p while having the frame rate be locked at 60fps. I have a theory that the people at Nintendo code their games on magic.

This year I also celebrated my one year of unsubscribing from Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, an impressive feat. As I wrote in my post blog when I talked more in-depth about the year from the MMO (Be MOP #408), but enough things have gotten inbetween me and WoW the resubscribing would be a waste of money.

and no amount of emails will persuade me to go back, Blizzard

and no amount of emails will persuade me to go back, Blizzard

But out of everything,my most impressive development this year was development of my own Twitch Channel, branching out the Be MOP name from beyond text to video. Since late April, when I was announcing my plans to do start Live Streaming Infinite Crisis and other videogames (Be MOP #370). I have participated in my first 24 hour stream for Extra Life charity event, helping raise $290 dollars to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. I have also recently reached my 100th day of streaming (Be MOP #454) and shortly after that I hit 100+ followers on my Twitch Channel.

Since my debut as a streamer and now, I have; accepted into Turbine’s Infinite Crisis Twitch Partnership program, joined the Infinite Crisis Community Stream Team, and have even been invited to stream on the official Infinite Crisis Twitch Channel every week as a Community Streamer.

And I got cool Infinite Crisis skins to give out all this weekend.

Fun Fact: Because of the old Streaming schedule (M/W/F 11:30- 2:30am and Sat 11-2a) There was a time when I was technically streaming seven days a week

I wonder how long I have to be on Twitch before I can confidently add “Twitch Streamer” to my LinkedIn profile?

Just like my previous yearly posts,

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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#464 The Magic of Strategy Guides

It has been about two weeks since Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire hit the US shelves, and since then I have played through most of the game before I realized that I forgot that I did not buy the official strategy guide for the game. Not that I need it, I know the hoenn story, dungeons, and basic world layout like the back of my hand even though the remake of the game is more handholding than the original.

But buying a player guide is an old Nozell-Pokemon tradition, whenever my brothers and I would receive a new Pokemon game we would also get the strategy to go with the game, a trend that dates all the way back to the classic Red and Blue game, continued with every new installment to the main series.

This was not my original R/B guide, but an amazing Goodwill find.

This was not my original R/B guide, but an amazing Goodwill find.

Even when it got to the point when I started buying my own Pokemon games and game devices I still set aside some of money for the strategy guide, partly for tradition, and partly because I wanted all the extra, hidden and postgame content Game Freak added that I know I missed on my first play through.

There is something more added, nostalgically magical, when playing with a strategy guide on your lap or by your side than compared to sitting next to a computer with a webpage opened to an online walk through. In my experience strategy guides only really works with consoles and handhelds, when you have a lap available, and I was quick to learn with my time with World of Warcraft, an MMO with frequent hot-fixes and content patches does not translate well to the non-updatable media of paper and ink and with Steam and Steam community overlay feature, with a catalog of player created guides, added to most of the games on steam’s catalog, has almost completely killed PC games guides.

Having a strategy guide has always been an vital part of my Pokemon experience, seeing those dungeon maps, the tips on beating the various gym leaders and elite four members and the stats of almost all the Pokemon and Items  is just needed for me to get the full Pokemon experience. . Also there is something to be said about the way the guidebook is designed is beautiful, the way the book lays out the data, it is like a wonderful grown-up picture book, something to read and re-read on a lazy weekend day, while your 3DS is charging up.

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“read and re-read on a lazy weekend day, while your 3DS is charging up.” I am speaking from experience. 


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#444 Almost Completing my Ultimate Pokemon Quest

Yesterday was a big day for me, if you followed me on Twitter you know that I went on the exciting trip to buy ANOTHER Pokemon game. Not just any Pokemon game. this particular plays vital role towards completing one of my greatest Pokemon quest of all time. My long running quest is to try to transfer my Classic Generation 3 team through the various editions of Pokemon games to my eventual copy of my Pokemon Generation 3DS remake.

So close

So close…also just like ten years ago, Omega Ruby is the superior choice.

During the spring time I did some spring cleaning and I found a handful of old Pokemon games, including the original Pokemon Red/Blue along with my copy of FireRed and my younger brother’s Emerald game (Be MOP #371)

He did not give me his Emerald, I saw that it has a few lv 100 Rayquaza's and then phoned him up telling him I was adopting his game wether he liked it or not, and luckily he was cool with it.

He did not give me his Emerald, I saw that it has a few lv 100 Rayquaza’s and then phoned him up telling him I was adopting his game whether he liked it or not, and luckily he was cool with it.

If the past few blog posts has revealed anything I been on a major Nintendo Games kick, and the catalyst of that gaming streak is my second playthrough of Pokemon White, my old game file that had the unlocked the ability to transfer Pokemon from older games, was deleted just before I rediscovered old my Gameboy Advanced games.

After a bit of research I found out that Pokemon White/Black, although does have the power to accept Pokemon from Generation 4 and send off Pokemons to the PokeBank, it does not have the GBA transfer feature that I desperately need to send my FireRed team to the New Hoenn.

Since I reaching toward the end point of the story campaign in my Pokemon White file I decided to go shop around, to see if I could obtain a second hand copy of a Generation 4 Pokemon game, whether it be Diamond, Pearl, Heart Gold or Soul Silver. Luckily I was able to find what I need at the first stop after a bit of chit-chatting I was able to walk out with a used copy of the cheapest version of their Generation 4 game, Pokemon Pearl, in one hand and a code for my very own Shiny Gengar in the other. From my past experience with second hand copy of Pokemon games I was hoping for a fully completely save file, with the unlocked transfer feature, a nearly completed Pokedex, possibly a few extra legendaries.

After returning home I boot up the cartridge to be greeted with a game with less than 44 minutes on the file. So now I have one more new game to add to my backlog, BUT I now have all the pieces I need.

I have two DS systems with GBA compatibility, my 3DS, my PokeBank pass, and at least one edition of every Pokemon from generation three onward. After such a long wait I will soon be able to finally, finally transfer my 10 year old Pokemon, and any Pokemon from that point forward to the newest 3D(S) world, and with the creation of the PokeBank there is nearly no limit on the number of old Pokemons I can transfer to the next generation.

I am just hope I am able to play do everything I want to do with this project before Pokemon OR/AS becomes obsolete.

I am just hope I am able to play do everything I want to do with this project before Pokemon OR/AS becomes obsolete.


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#418 Pokemon’s Depth

To follow up from Friday’s post I started my hand at building a somewhat competitive team while I was busy watching the Pokemon World series,Those two events may or may not be related to each other and the Pokemon Company may or may not have also hired a stellar marketing team to promote the event during the entire weekend. I started my ideal Pokemon team composition with my pick my favorite mega Pokemon I wanted plus the handful of others I wanted and built the rest of the team around the other competitive roles I was missing, and then went to the internet to find the best possible Pokemon build.

My decision to build a competitive Pokemon team has not done wonders for the other 3DS games waiting for me to play them

My decision to build a competitive Pokemon team does not bode for the other 3DS games on my backlog, waiting for their time to shine

 

I started off the weekend collecting the various Pokemon parents for breeding the future Pokemon then with the preferred Ability and nature but before I started collecting copious amounts of Slowpoke eggs. It was only a decent time has passed when I realized that there was such a thing as Hidden Abilities that could not be obtained through breeding any normal pokemon. Which sent me back to Azure Bay to try farming Slowpoke Horde encounters trying to catch a slowpoke with  Regenerator.

Only after a few more encounters of randomly picked slowpokes to catch with no results I went back to the internet to find if there are better ways of finding that rare Hidden Ability Pokemon and I learned the importance of the ability Trace and Role Play outside of battles in the setting up of competitive play team. So I spent the rest of the weekend refarming slowpokes by spamming my Greninja’s Role Play move on ever single single Slowpoke for the off chance of finding the one slowpoke I wanted.

I will happily give away any and all non-Quiet Regenerator to all interested just to spare anyone else from the terrible grinding that I had to endure with every single slow poke casting Yawn at my Greninja, that only stalls my ability to detect the One. slowpoke. I. wanted.

I will happily give away any and all non-Quiet Regenerator to all interested players just to spare anyone else from the terrible grinding that I had to endure with every single slowpoke casting Yawn at my Greninja, that only stalls my ability to detect the one. slowpoke. I. wanted.

 

After catching the slowpoke I wanted, I realized that whole ordeal was only the precursor to the actual grind session I wanted,  which was trying to breed a Quiet Regenerator slowpoke, preferably by the time the release of Gen 3DS Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games and the introduction of the Mega Slowbro.

I am reminded of a quote that I want to show a quote from J.C. Smith, who hit the nail on the head about the popularity of the Pokemon franchise and how it has been able to carry on being relevant after two decades:

“We do have to find that balance as marketers, because we want kids that are just coming into it to realize it’s established but it’s not exclusive,” said Smith in an interview. “You don’t have to have been playing for 25 years to understand what’s going on. You can get in and the game will explain itself to you, then you can get into the depth that everyone’s talking about. So that’s very important for us to be able to have that accessibility. But then there’s things like we did here, with the Mega Slowbro reveal. We want something to play to the audience that’s more into the franchise and has been playing it for years and knows these characters intimately, and has their favorites that they want to see in Mega form. So we find that balance the fun part.”

 

While the entire quote is important to read I do want to focus on the middle part that talked about the depth of the Pokemon games. I might have spent my entire weekend grinding and team building, but it was worth it because it was the first time in a long time since I learned about something new about Pokemon, like what exactly are hidden abilities, how to easily detect hidden powers, the location of all the hidden mega stones in the post game side quest, and the best tricks on breeding certain Pokemon. I might be out of my depth right now, after jumping head first into the vast world of the metagame of competitive pokemon but is already paying off with the adventures I have already had and the conversations with other Pokemon trainers in my attempts to build a decent Pokemon team.

 

 


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#417 Building a competent competitive Pokemon team

Lately I have been dusting of my Pokemon White game file, one part because I wanted to replay the game, only after transferring all of my old Pokemons to the Pokebank, because it was the least played Pokemon game, either talking about playtime or total numbers of Pokemon caught it was the lowest number in my library. Back then I was terribly efficient in my first play through, catching the six Pokemon for my main team and only catching about a dozen additional Pokemon over the course of the game and downloaded only one generation V event Pokemon.

BUT also I am rushing through my replay of Pokemon White to unlock the Pokemon transfer feature again so my FireRed and Emerald saves can join the rest of my Pokemon roster, a feature I only remembered about shortly after restarting my save file

Between that and the sudden influx of Generation 5 Pokemons I am constantly transferring caught Pokemons directly the the Pokebank , the excitement of watching the Worlds Pokemon tournament this weekend on Twitch and hype building up for the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Gen 3DS remake. I have been thinking of trying my hand at learning and building a somewhat competitive Pokemon team.

only part of my excitement is being able to tune in and watch the matches, the other major source of my excitement is NIntnedo, the king of late adopters, finally getting a channel on Twitch.

only part of my excitement is being able to tune in and watch the matches, the other major source of my excitement is Nintendo, the king of late adopters, finally getting a channel on Twitch.

 

These seems like the only natural progression after playing Pokemon since classic Red, so far I have been causally following the competitive Pokemon matches for a while and it is showing in my most recent Pokemon in Pokemon White and Pokemon Y I scanned through all the available Pokemon from the get go and building my team early on with types that would be able to score super effective hits against every gym leader and elite fours members.

I an not planning to enter any competitions rather just be able to win a few online matches and hold my own in the Battle Chateau while also learning more about the process of breeding pokemons with preferred IVs, training them with EVs in mind, and the right move sets.

Plus I do need a good portable grind fest and a new time sink for a while and just look at this I think I'll be busy for quite a while

Plus I do need a good portable grind fest and a new time sink for a while and just look at this I think I’ll be busy for quite a while

 

 The only thing is, because I am so new to this this school of Pokemon team design I need to start hitting the books on exactly where to start. Any suggestions?

 


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#394 The Tale of Nozell’s Feebas

A few lazy Sundays ago I helped my younger brother transfer his Pokemon roster from his Pokemon Black to his Pokemon X cartage by way of my Pokemon Bank account.

 

because that is what big brothers, with credit cards, do for younger brothers

because that is what big brothers, with credit cards, do for younger brothers without credit cards

 

The deal we made was that he was allowed to transfer all of his favorites to his newest version of Pokemon, I was then I am allowed to scavenge any and all leftovers from his PC boxes before he restarted his game file. After my brother finished moving I was given free range on all the other Pokemons. Among the pickings I found some original Hoenn Pokemons from the Game Boy Advance games and out of the originals generation 3 Pokemons was a Feebas that was transferred from my Pokemon Emerald Save file, which is currently MIA. But finding that one fish reminded me of a story that I want to share with all of you.

 

yup this story is a long time comming

yup this story is a long time coming

 

For all of those who did not play through Hoenn region, the Feebas Pokemon was the Generation III version of magikarp, an ugly Pokemon that could only evolve with max beauty points from winning enough beauty pokemon contests. While it was a cool idea, and evolved into a pretty amazing Pokemon the catch was it could only be caught if you fished in one of six squares on route 119, the location of the squares are different for each save file and just for good measure those six squares would be randomized with every Elite Four victory.

Just look at all that water in this one zone

If you wanted to catch a Feebas, you had your work cut out for you

 

At the time I was trying  to complete the Hoenn Regional Pokedex (and I succeeded) with help and friendly competition with my two other brothers who were playing their games at the same time. When it came to trying to add a Feebas to my collection, neither I, my brother, or any of my friends have never caught a Feebas because it was so difficult to find. So I did what any aspiring Pokemon Master would do, I spent hours fishing at each square title on route 119 until I found one of my lucky squares in my game. After the excited screams and fist pumps I imminently started farming that one area for that one fish Pokemon. I was soon known to be the only kid in my family and in my school to have access to the this fabled Feebas, as a result I gain a monopoly on that one Pokemon (until people started breeding the Feebases I gave them).Looking back on the this story with a few classes of Biology under my belt I realized how cool this story because one person in my hometown was responsible for the entire population of one Pokemon and many of those Feebases were the spawn of the first Feebas I caught.

I have forgotten about this story for years but now it finally paid off because, my brother kept one of my original Feebases from my Emerald save and transferred it to his Pokemon Black and gave it to me as a gift for allowing him to transfer his other Pokemons. Now one of my pokemon, that is reaching ten years old, which was the result of hard work, determination and just a little bit of luck has come full circle and has come back into my possession, taking up permanent resident in the Pokemon Bank cloud servers just waiting to be transferred back to the Generation 3DS remake to come back to it’s updated world.

 


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#388 Getting Hyped for the Gen 3DS remake

Nintendo has announced the Hoenn remake (which will now be known as the Gen 3DS) a few weeks ago but I have not paid it much notice. Sure I brought my yearly subscription to the PokeBank (Be MOP #380) but not much besides that. It was not until more information was started to get leaked and I started talking to my old friends and brothers who played the original generation 3 game was when I really started to get hyped for the remake.

Two facts about myself before we continue: The Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald games were the last Pokemon games that I was completely on board with during the launch, my interest in the series dropped in the next generation of games (Diamond and Pearl) , it spiked a bit in Pokemon Black and White, and it only fully recovered in this most recent games. I always played bought the D/P and B/W games and played through them but I never tried to do any of the side quests after defeating the Elite Four. Secondly, Game Freak knows how to cram content into Pokemon games -and then leave them out in future games- but I already had that rant (Be MOP #319)

This generation has a special place in my heart because while all Pokemon games sucks (compared to the next gen) This one introduced Pokemon passives which helped sculpt the complex and competitive world of professional Pokemon battles

This generation has a special place in my heart because while all Pokemon games sucks (compared to the next-gen(Be MOP #69)) This one introduced Pokemon passives which helped sculpt the complex and competitive world of professional Pokemon battles

With out further ado, in no particular order I would like to list the generation 3 features I am excited to see return to the remake:

Secret Bases: This was one of the features that was sadly dropped in later installments of the Pokemon game, but it was a way to add a bit more customization to your game file with ability to carve out your own little clubhouse/living space in the world and decorate it however you want. What made this feature amazing was when you mixed records with another player through the link cables you were able get a copy of their secret base on your save file, not only that but enter their secret base on your file, see how they decorated their base and even battle their Pokemon team during the time they mixed records with you. This feature, if still kept in the remake, can only be improved with the implementation of WiFi, Friend Codes, and Street pass.

Contests: A new feature that was added for this game which was just a regular Pokemon match but instead of battling other wild pokémons and trainers you try to impress the judges/crowds with your best moves while sabotaging the other contestants. While it was not a major selling point for me but it was an extra bit of endgame content which is a nice addition to have when you eventually get burned out after trying, and failing, to complete the regional or national pokedex. What is best thing is that even through it was dropped in the future game the Pokemon contests needs to return in the remake because a particular Hoenn Pokemon need this game play feature in order to evolve.

The Stakes: This was the first Pokemon game that placed the fate of the world in your hands, and while it was impressive in the 16 bit representation of the world I can not wait to see the same scenes again reenacted in the latest XY game engine. We already saw the in-game cut scene with the Nintendo ORAS sneak peek, which can be found HERE

Hopefully we can actually see some environmental changes to the world besides it just constantly raining or shining too much. But I'm not getting my hopes up in that department

Hopefully we can actually see some environmental changes to the world besides it just constantly raining or shining too much. But I’m not getting my hopes up in that department

 

 

And lastly, Those blasted trumpets: The Gameboy was the first time Pokemon could hold and use MP3 files of actual instruments rather than just chiptunes. That and because of the world was designed, about half of the routes are oceans or rivers and needed to be traveled by surfing and the sea/surfing score became one of the predominant meme for that generation, besides mudkips. I can not wait to hear that sea/surfing theme played with an updated score and knowing Nintendo I would willing to bet that one of the employees will sneak a fourth wall breaking comment about the trumpets.

I do not usually get hyped for future games -too many titles have burned me one too many times times- but this how I get hyped for Nintendo games by talking about the best possible features. That and I get to talk about a fishing story that is ten years in the making. That particular story is for another time.

this one's a good story about hard work and monopoly/ and tracing an entire population of pokemon back to one owner.

this one’s a good story about hard work, monopoly, and tracing an entire population of Pokémon back to one owner.

 


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