Pokemon Catch-em-All Classic: Charity for ALSA Fight Against Lou Gherig’s Disease

This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this.  On a whole bunch of the live-stream websites right now like justin.tv and ustream.tv, this group is pulling a massive marathon.  They’re already near hour 70 and they’ve raised almost $12,000 for the ALS Association.  Hopefully you’ll see more of these kinds of events taking place especially with the release Black & White.  Perhaps you’ll see more game marathons trying to reach out for aid and assistance to Japan following the earthquake.

Check out the speedgamers website for the weekend playthrough. Here’s a link to their channel on Justin.tv

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Watch live video from thespeedgamers on Justin.tv

and their website: http://www.thespeedgamers.com/category/marathon-news

Japan Hit by 8.9 Earthquake

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Japan, the originating home of Pokemon and gijinka has been hit by a devastating earthquake.  The shockwaves have caused a tsunami that is now spreading across the Pacific.  As I’m writing this to you, Hawaii has reported the first expected high-surf (which thankfully wasn’t as bad as expected) and California is expecting the waves in a few minutes.

Hundreds are feared dead in the city of Sendai, which is located about 200 miles northeast of Tokyo.  According to LA Times, the is the 5th largest earthquake since 1900 and the biggest in Japan in 140 years.  In the same article, Prime Minister Naoto Kan encouraged his people to remain calm.  He also said that the nation’s many nuclear facilities were reported unharmed, but currently Fukushima (the location of one of the largets nuclear facilities in nation) is trending on Twitter as a concern due to a reported abnormality.  Here is a Google Maps locator to see its location in relation to some of Japan’s major cities.

While earthquakes are a common occurrence in Japan, this latest disaster takes place at an ill time, especially following only weeks after the earthquake in New Zealand.  In August of 2009, a 6.5 earthquake struck near Tokyo but caused minimal damage.

In regards to Nintendo, Kotaku.com was reporting on tweets from leading game developers such as Masahiro Sakurai (Smash Bros.).  All are reporting to be fine and encouraging their staff to remain in a safe location or at home.

For more video on the tsunami effects on Japan and surrounding areas, please visit
Io9.com’s collection of all the videos posted so far.

Our hearts go out to those affected in Japan.
If you want to help in the relief, please donate to the Red Cross

 

 

Poké-geddon is at last upon us

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In about a few hours, Nintendo is going to have its massive launch party at the Rockefeller Center.  Last November they converted their regular Nintendo shop into a fully-stocked “Pokemon Center.”  I can’t imagine how crowded it’s going to be there with all the screaming little kids and The Presidents of the United States playing.  That’s right.  You remember alternative rock band, PotUSA?  Famous for hits like “Peaches” and “Kitty.”

(C) The Boston Phoenix

Nintendo tapped them to write a song similar to the PokéRap.  I can assure that it is no less embarrassing, but hey, a gig is a gig.

How does it compare to its critically-acclaimed predecessor?  I’ll let you be the judge.

I’m sure the event will be a huge hit for Nintendo.  Whether it snags this new generation of gamers they’ve been trying to reach with Pokemon Black & White remains to be seen.  I think these games truly are timeless.  They have their old fans and new ones always come along.  Even if they don’t stick around forever like yours truly.

Tepig’s Got the Moves

(C) Sosostris

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There’s this incredible video of the poor people dressed in the Pokemon mascot costumes doing some really funny dancing.  Tepig’s got this pop and lock thing going.  Oshawott’s all bouncy and an attention-whore.  And Smugleaf’s all like “I’m too cool for this.”  The video comes from the big launch party in London which apparently was a huge hit.

Pokemon Black and White Releases this Week

There’s not much else to say.

March 6th release. 5 days away.

156 new Pokemon.

New adventure, yadda, yadda, yadda go play it.

And bring some costume ideas here.

 

 

 

Gotta catch ’em all.

 

Interview – Kyle Mistry (aka Tropius)

Earlier this week I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the very talented and artistic Kyle Mistry.  His Tropius (Gen III) gijinka caught my eye when his photos popped up on the front page of Cosplay.com.   In our audio interview, I got to hear more about his experience constructing an original gijinka, crafted based on a design he envisioned.  We also talked about pokemon fandom, gijinka culture, and …. wood glue?

Full interview below

Click the bump for more images of Tropius and links to Kyle’s sites. There, you can see more of his art, graphic design, and non-pokemon cosplay.

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Know Your Meme Interviews Nuzlocke

nuzlocke's portraitKnowYourMeme’s AJ Mazur posted an interview with internet sensation Nuzlocke on KnowYourMeme.com last night.  Nuzlocke, a UC Santa Cruz student, has become noteworthy especially among pokemon fans for revitalizing the games by adding an additional challenge.  The history behind his popular strategy and webcomic is quite humorous.  Concocted one day out of boredom, his challenge requires players of the game to follow these rules:

1. Any pokemon that faints is considered dead and must be released.
2. The player must only catch the first pokemon in each area and none else. If the first pokemon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances.
3. If all your pokemon faint, it’s over. Start a new game.
*As a personal requirement, Nuzlocke nicknames each of his caught pokemon*

What caused this challenge to become so popular was the way in which Nuzlocke transcribed his own experience…. Continue reading