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Here’s something I wanted to do a long time. This is something I heard about, in which one would reflect their feelings for a certain thing by stating the reasons for any negative and positive feelings they have. One of the ways it’s used is to straighten a person up by revealing a person’s flaws which one is dissatisfied or even telling them the things they are happy about. So, I thought, why not do something like this to Pokémon? I think it’s an interesting idea to reveal my feelings for certain aspects of the Pokémon franchise.

Perhaps this blog is, by nature, bandwagon bait, so you could make something like this on your own, but I am not sure if it will catch on because the stuff I make might be too intimidating to try out due to the quality I put into my stuff, and it’s not particularly something where you could just thoughtlessly put in.

Anyway, let’s not think too much about that, so sit back and relax, and read on!



Regarding Pokémon, I am happy...
  • ...that there is a very huge variety of different Pokémon, and there’s more to come in the future.
  • ...when new Pokémon news are revealed. It’s nice to see how the Pokémon franchise is expanded.
  • ...that there are people here reading my blogs about Pokémon stuff. Seriously, that makes me very happy!


I am sad...
  • ...that there are people still stuck in the “Generation 1 or 2 is superior” mindset for nostalgic reasons and not giving the new ones a chance.
  • ...when a certain anime episode got some bad reviews, considering BW held a special place in my heart for being the first one I could easily catch up with, considering how I was around to observe it since its beginning.


I am angry...
  • ...when someone made false assumptions about a certain thing about Pokémon. It makes me feel like replying to them, although it feels great if someone else did the correcting first.


I am curious at...
  • ...what the Pokémon designers were thinking when they designed certain Pokémon. Excerpts from the Nintendo Dream interview did great with that, but I am more interested at knowing about the others, especially from past Generations.
  • ...what kinds of Pokémon were scrapped from the main product (a.k.a. beta Pokémon).


I am worried...
  • ...when I battle online. This is because I do not know if I am able to defeat my opponent, especially one with a formidable team.
  • ...when someone didn’t like the new Pokémon, because it’s hard to know if their appeal are considered time-tested.


I am excited...
  • ... with new Pokémon games. They usually bring something fresh to the table, like new moves, new concepts and new ideas.
  • ...with how my favourite Pokémon did something great in battles played by other people. Clefable and Golurk are some of the examples.
  • ... when there are new anime episodes. It’s fun to see what others think of the episode, considering how I rarely watch the actual episode these days. They are like the windows to the show.


I envy...
  • ...the people who have the capacity to amass a huge collection of Pokémon merchandise.
  • ...those who could raise a Pokémon in such a way that makes them suitable for competitive battling. It involves a lot of breeding to get the right one.


I am confident...
  • ...that I will enjoy Pokémon even in the years to come.
  • ...that the future of Pokémon will still be great, in which other kids would appreciate the franchise, and they would even enjoy the new Pokémon.


I am annoyed...
  • ...when there’s a Gijinka (a term for humanised Pokémon) of a Pokémon of an incompatible gender (like a female Tauros). Sure, it’s artistic freedom, but it just doesn’t seem right.
  • ...at how my thoughts are obsessed with Pokémon sometimes. I wish I am more detached in this case, and focus on thinking about more important matters.
  • ...with how common a certain variation of Pokémon is, despite being elusive to obtain in real life. Case in point: Wish Chansey is exceedingly rare (unless one resorts to the Mimic glitch), yet it’s one of the most common forms of Chansey in simulators.


I am relieved when...
  • ...a Pokémon game got a great score.
  • ...there are fans out there who enjoyed quirky-looking Pokémon, amidst the more common dog and cat lovers (Eeveelution fans come to mind).
  • ...a particular episode in the anime received a positive feedback from fans.


I am confused with...
  • ...the RNG found in the games. It looks difficult to learn.
  • ...some of the more complex Pokémon theories. It just seems difficult to comprehend those. Maybe some pictorial help would be good.


I am hopeful that...
  • ...Grass-types will achieve a substantial upgrade that turns them into one of the best types in the game.
  • ...more Ghost-types are introduced. It’s the rarest type!
  • ...I may be able to design a Pokémon for the company sometime in the future.


I am ashamed...
  • ...to talk openly about Pokémon in real life, because I am afraid to reveal my obsession with it.


I am interested...
  • ...to know what’s it like to live in the Pokémon world.
  • ...in what competitive players consider great Pokémon, and how underdog Pokémon could perform to their best in capability.


I am amazed at...
  • ...how a good portion of Pokémon have such a rich origin. It shows that there’s more thought put in Pokémon than I thought.
  • ...how glitches in Pokémon games are used to the advantage of the player to complete the game faster, especially a Tool-Assisted Speedrun. The “Gotta Catch ‘em All” run for Pokémon Blue is a prime example.
  • ...how the underdog Pokémon could defeat powerful teams, like that Magikarp sweep video.


I am proud that...
  • ...Pokémon is one of the most popular franchises, because that would mean practically everyone’s heard about it.
  • ...Pokémon is a Nintendo franchise, meaning that Nintendo has a powerful asset to help them survive the market.
  • ...Pokémon is a valid competitive battling game, both video game- and card game-wise. Not only does it mean that the games have the strength of replayability, it also means that there are exciting matches worth watching.
  • ...There are other fans here that love Pokémon, and we could share that love together in the forums.


These are the emotions that I compiled, so while it may not be all the emotions I have with Pokémon, it’s all that I could think of. If you do want to do something like this, it would be best to compile the relevant emotions that you have, and not what I listed, although it is a good start. I hope you enjoyed reading these as much as I have writing them.

Thanks for reading.


So, that's it for the articles I released in a row for a week. I hope you enjoyed them all (or at least one of them)! If you read them all, you are awesome!

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  1. HumanDawn's Avatar
    Oh my! We get and have the exact same feelings regarding Pokemon ^_^! We have so much in common XD! It's such an amazing franchise that millions around the world enjoy for all ages! People call me weird sometimes for playing it a little with the little ones, but I see it as a way to communicate with them despite our age and maturity :). Adults these days don't talk with children that much. A child that doesn't talk to adults(mature ;) ) frequently grows into an unintelligent child. Thanks to Pokemon, it has helped unite them!
  2. Kouzan's Avatar
    I have to agree on all of this, especially the I'm Sad part. The only excuse the nostalgiafreaks seem to have is that the the new designs are awful. That's such a bad reason and every gen has had some bad designs. A Pokemon's design isn't the most important part of the game, they should at least give them a chance.
  3. 捷克羅姆's Avatar
    I'm glad that you're happy. I agree with you on some, but parts related to games don't usually apply to me. I especially agree on the ashamed part, so I spent some time here to get it off ("proud" part). On the sad part, I'm more of annoyed at people who has their nostalgia goggles on too tight (but only at people online). I do hope your hopes come true.
  4. Ghetsis-Dennis's Avatar
    I agree with most of them, but I'm disappointed that you didn't mention the current statement of other types besides Grass.
  5. Ranger Jack Walker's Avatar
    I am angry and I am annoyed when non-fans and even fans sometimes dismiss the anime as kids stuff when the truth is that if anyone bothered to look carefully, they'd find some seriously dark stuff especially in DP like Cyrus being stuck in an alternate dimension (a plot point carried over from the games), Hunter J's methods and the deaths of her and her crew, Paul's treatment of Chimchar and the beatdowns Ash's Pokemon recieved at his hands, etc. And thats not even getting into the movies which always up the ante. Ash's 'death', Celebi's near death (and shrivelled up body), Latios' sacrifice, the main cast of movie 8 being consumned in the Tree, Sir Aaron's death, Lucario's death, Ash locking up May, Pikachu and Manaphy as he undertakes a suicidal mission, Darkrai's death, etc.

    If I ever meet a person who says that the anime is immature kids stuff in real life, I'll seriously puch them in the face for their stupidity.
  6. Karamazov's Avatar
    ^But the anime is a kid show. At times it's a lot darker and more mature than people think, but it's a light-hearted adventure story for the most part.
  7. Ranger Jack Walker's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karamazov
    ^But the anime is a kid show. At times it's a lot darker and more mature than people think, but it's a light-hearted adventure story for the most part.
    I meant that peope say its only for kids.
  8. Raine Caulwell's Avatar
    Well said, good sir.

    I would have added a few more worries on the state of the TCG's current direction, but something tells me you don't play. Or, if you do, what are your thoughts? ^_^;;
  9. Steelrush's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Ranger Jack Walker;bt232439]I am angry and I am annoyed when non-fans and even fans sometimes dismiss the anime as kids stuff when the truth is that if anyone bothered to look carefully, they'd find some seriously dark stuff especially in DP like Cyrus being stuck in an alternate dimension (a plot point carried over from the games), Hunter J's methods and the deaths of her and her crew, Paul's treatment of Chimchar and the beatdowns Ash's Pokemon recieved at his hands, etc. And thats not even getting into the movies which always up the ante. Ash's 'death', Celebi's near death (and shrivelled up body), Latios' sacrifice, the main cast of movie 8 being consumned in the Tree, Sir Aaron's death, Lucario's death, Ash locking up May, Pikachu and Manaphy as he undertakes a suicidal mission, Darkrai's death, etc.

    If I ever meet a person who says that the anime is immature kids stuff in real life, I'll seriously puch them in the face for their stupidity.[/QUOTE]

    They just want to control people and want them to conform to their beliefs (due to that providing them with emotional comfort).

    Don't feed those fascists, they don't deserve your attention.
  10. winstein's Avatar
    @Ghetsis-Dennis; Well, since the Grass-type is my favourite, that's the one I had in mind the most. The only honourable one I would have mentioned if I thought is the Ice-type. Besides those two, not much else.
    @Raine Caulwell; I am not quite familiar with the TCG, even if I did play a bit. However, if you want to know my thoughts, I would say that it's quite a fun game, and I wish there's another video game version of the TCG because it's cool to battle computers since they are easier to beat. The TCG online is a right step in the direction, although I didn't like how you can't adjust your deck against CPUs, and the requirement of buying cards to use them in your online deck (against others), since I don't own that many cards, besides one of those HGSS decks.

    On a side note, I am not sure what to say about the metagame. I did hear which cards are great, but I can't tell the characteristics of a great card and a not-so-great card.

    Also, are you a member of PokeBeach? Due to the way you are familiar with TCG, I believe you are a member there. If you are, I would like to hear something about the metagame.

    Thanks for reading.
    Updated 22nd May 2012 at 02:36 AM by winstein
  11. Lord Clowncrete's Avatar
    Well, in my opinion grass types are doing pretty well right now. Majority of the grass types have peaked and cannot be improved much further.
  12. winstein's Avatar
    @Lord Clowncrete; That's good to know. I love it when Grass-types did something great (and how many have unique roles), although I am a bit irked by how Water-types typically learns Ice attacks to be able to get past the typical Grass-type, which is in my opinion the main flaw of the Grass-type (and the Ice-type).

    Thanks for reading.
  13. Raine Caulwell's Avatar
    @winstein

    Well, my complaint about the current metagame is this: it's de-evolving. Back in base set, you had Pokémon Powers. Pokémon Powers were all encompassing. However, it wasn't clear whether or not they were active all the time, or if they had to be activated under certain conditions. They addressed this by splitting Pokémon Powers into two sub-categories: PokéPowers and PokéBodies. PokéPowers were active powers, in that they had to be activated, and only when certain conditions were met; they were also unable to be activated if the pokemon was affected by a special condition. PokéBodies were passive powers, ones that never turned off and were active constantly; they were active even when the pokemon was being affected by special conditions unless specified otherwise.

    Now, the whole problem with the current metagame can be summed up in 3 words: Japan's Junior Division. I'm not sure what it is about their cards that makes it hard for their children to play (unsure if it's because the grammar is too complicated for them, or whether their kids are just plain dumb), but the United States and other foreign countries have been kicking Japan's ass for years. The kids within Juniors, for whatever reason, are usually unable to figure out when powers are to be activated, they're unable to figure out how to get evolutions out in a timely manner to evolve their basic pokemon into a stage 1 or stage 2.

    So, instead of just accepting their young children suck at the game, or ramp up their training programs (which they do have), they start tweaking the metagame specifically for their Juniors Division. This is why they replaced Pokémon Powers with Abilities, a really vague system that doesn't shut down under any circumstances and they behave like PokéBodies... they also heavily reduced the number of pokemon with Abilities/Powers because the kiddies still have a hard time figuring it out. This is why you now have really heavy hitting basic legendary pokemon, and the even heavier hitting and high HP basic Pokemon ex.

    This wouldn't be too much of a problem with me, the ex's, if they had done it the same way as they did in the old EX series, in which the searching engines and various cards specifically excluded ex from their functions. However, they do not distinguish between them and regular basic pokemon! They did this so their kids can get out their over powered basic pokemon and have a better chance of trouncing their rivals.

    It's stupid, and annoying; and I am half hoping they make stage 2 pokemon much more viable again.

    Also, I don't remember if I have an account on Pokebeach, but I most certainly don't use it.
  14. Silverwynde's Avatar
    I find the nostalgia-philes upsetting myself. I can't help but get frustrated when someone seems ready to dismiss the entirety of Gen V because they think that Vanillite or Trubbish look stupid. There are other Pokemon in Gen V and maybe if they would give them a chance, they'd enjoy the game!

    I'd dearly love to see some of the beta work for Gen V. I'd love to see how the designs were refined and changed until we got the finished Pokemon. Would I like the unfinished form of Sawk more than the current form? I can't help but wonder.

    I can understand why you'd be embarrassed to discuss Pokemon publicly; I had the same problem too. But when my friends found out, it didn't bother them and the most I've heard from my co-workers is "You ever get that shiny you were hunting for?" I also wouldn't get too upset about being focused on Pokemon, either. If I hadn't been so wrapped up in Gen V and the GTS over the past year, I may have gone through a mental breakdown. There was so much going on in my life--most of it wasn't good--that playing Pokemon kept my mind at ease, if you will. I was able to de-stress and cope with a really bad situation thanks to my copy of Black; focusing on it kept me from thinking about what was going on at the time. My Golurk Riser wasn't simply a hero in-game; he was a hero in real life.

    I'm hopeful we'll get a few more good physical Ghost moves: not everyone can learn Shadow Claw.

    And I really hope you do get to design a future Pokemon. I'd love to see what you could create.

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