A new Pokemon spinoff game has been announce. Apparently arcades aren’t dead in Japan, so it’s coming out there first. All that’s known so far is that it’s a fighting game of some kind and that Lucario, Blaziken, and Machamp are in it.
What Pokemon do you hope to see in this? Some of the ones I want the most are Greninja, Hawlucha, and Mewtwo.
Go to Serebii for a more complete recap of what’s known about it.
Zoe Quinn, the creator of the educational interactive fiction Depression Quest, has been targeted by the same anti-feminist nuts who keep giving gamers a bad name, predictably led by her ex-boyfriend.
She’s getting all kinds of harassment, even though as far as I can tell, the “worst” thing that she’s actually being accused of is sleeping with someone who is a reviewer but never actually reviewed her game.
Seriously, this kind of crap has to stop. If these kinds of people aren’t intentionally trying to drive every woman out of the game industry, they’re certainly not trying very hard to avoid looking like that’s their goal.
One thing that’s new in Pokemon X and Y is that you can customize the player character’s appearance and clothing. Overall, this is a nice addition, and not just because it prevents everyone from looking the same online.
But I can’t help but notice that the choice are limited in a couple of ways that you might not expect.
Continue reading Hey, I’m not wearing shorts!
There is a lot on the internet about unexpectedly creepy Pokemon (though, considering it’s mostly Ghost types and it’s pretty well established that their Pokedex descriptions sound like, well, ghost stories, I’m not sure why anyone considers it unexpected by now), but have you ever noticed that there are a couple that are just surprisingly gross? And I mean surprisingly, so I’m not talking about Poison types like Garbodor.
This is Cubchoo.
Continue reading Unexpected grossness
Okay, I love Pokemon, but one thing I’ve always wished that the series hadn’t done was use the word “evolution” to refer to something that’s, you know, not what that word normally means in other contexts. Jen McCreight has an excellent post on her blog that goes into more detail about evolution and metamorphosis in Pokemon.
What you normally think of when someone says “Pokemon evolution” is really metamorphosis. Which is kind of obvious, considering in most Pokemon games the first Pokemon that you see evolve will be a bug type whose evolution is based on metamorphosis in real insects, like a caterpillar/cocoon/butterfly. Other times, Pokemon based on animals that mature gradually will suddenly evolve instead, but then, Pokemon based on mammals come from eggs too, so it’s just a similar deviation from reality. Pokemon aren’t actually evolutionary (in the real-life biology sense) relatives of the real-life creatures they’re based on (which don’t seem to exist in the Pokemon world anyway), so that’s fine. Either way, it’s still often something like a lion cub becoming an adult lion.
Continue reading Pokebiology: words with too many meanings.