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  1. My reaction to Pokken.

  2. I greatly enjoyed watching the VGCs this weekend.

    I think back to the early tournaments they had in Journey Across America, and realize just how far the community's come. The Pokemon Company has been amazingly supportive of the competitive scene (especially when you take into account how much Nintendo resisted competitive Smash Bros for a time). Just last year, they added commentators, but now it's been refined to the point where I can easily imagine their voices appearing on radio, giving updates on matches I can't see. Their personalities ...
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  3. The Narrative Malleability of Pokemon Games

    I'm watching Twitch Plays Pokemon right now. At this moment, the tens of thousands of people are controlling a single character in Pokemon Red, fumbling through mazes, randomly calling attacks in battle, and acting overall silly in their mission to complete the game as a group. It's stupid, frustrating, hilarious, insightful, and inspiring all at the same time. As a social experiment, a meme, and a phenomenon, there are so many things that could be said for it. But there's one thing about it ...
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  4. There's a lot of ways Pokemon games can be played now...

    Just considering the mainline games... we have:

    Normal Play
    Competitive Play
    Rom Hacks
    Fan Games (Those that stick to the main series formula, anyway)
    Self-Imposed Challenge (Nuzlocke, wonder-locke, EXP Share Off, etc.)
    Speed-running
    And now Twitch-Plays.

    Each experience is pretty different from each other. When you think about it, just "playing" this game covers a very wide range of possibilities.
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  5. I saw Ender's Game today.

    Amazing movie, though this is coming from someone who didn't read the series. I can't judge on the justice they did with how much they cut or compressed from the book, but I can definitely tell that they were trying to pick the most salient highlights of the plot to be shown. I had an inkling towards the end that
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