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Pokemon is not Pikachu and Charizard!

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by , 27th April 2013 at 08:49 AM (464 Views)
Well, another orange mass of letters is coming! Well, it is a bit big and unorganized, because it's just random thoughts that enrage me a lot.

It has to do with a board game I played with some relatives of mine (they have started coming for Easter Break). It was basicly a "State 10 <things>" game, in two groups, but with 10 pre-organized answers and time limit. Each group has to state more to get points etc etc
Here comes the good part.

The other group draws a card and asks us "State 10 Pokemon". Ofc, everyone was expecting me to get all 10. I started saying random things like Hydreigon, Haxorus, Togekiss, Croagunk, Gallade, whatever I could remember first . Except that the board game assumes that you may only know things like Pikachu, Charizard and Mewtwo. Well, here are the 10 it had:

Pikachu
Charizard
Bulbasaur
Squirtle
Gengar
Alakazam
Mewtwo
Mew
Ho-oh
Lugia

Two reasons: They either are important in the Original Series Anime or are considered exteremely powerful by most 5 year old kids around (really, Gengar Alakazam and Charizard are the most powerful non-legends in a 5 year old's eyes). Here is what pisses me off. Everyone, everywhere, will immediately think "Pikachu and Charizard" upon hearing "Pokemon". Like there is nothing else.

TBH, they have done great job in making us think that way. For lots of years we were only getting the Original Series Anime (Greek Dubbed). We also got AG for a while back at Gen 3, but after that DP and BW were only available in cable networks with too little subscribers who can pretty much watch the anime in the Net at the first place. To this extent, what everyone remembers is M01 aired millions of times, Ash watching Ho-oh at the sky at Ep001 (agian shown millions of times) and Charizard kicking butt (IIRC, the anime has once skipeed Indigo League! Probably because Charizard must never sleep but only kick butt? Yeah, probably)

There's no hope. Even at gen 28, everyone will only remember Pikachu and Charizard...
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  1. H-con's Avatar
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    There's no hope. Even at gen 28, everyone will only remember Pikachu and Charizard...
    And so what? I think you need to come to terms with that for a lot of people, pokémon were just a fad in their childhood. They don't care, and that's fine.
  2. Zexy's Avatar
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    I just dont like the fact that they are marketing this way. You can have a mascot, but it looks like 600 species are totally neglected. These people just dont care, its acceptable. But those who are in charge of marketing are, right?
  3. H-con's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWartortle
    I just dont like the fact that they are marketing this way. You can have a mascot, but it looks like 600 species are totally neglected. These people just dont care, its acceptable. But those who are in charge of marketing are, right?
    It's pretty basic, people already have an image of Pikachu == pokémon (which is by far reasonable, seeing Pikachu's place in all this). I can hardly blame them for not wanting to market completely different pokémon when so few people care. I'd almost say they've done a good job, because whenever you say Pikachu (and Charizard, for that matter), they associate it with pokémon. You can't do the same with a huge amount of different pokémon, it needs to be narrowed down.


    People who actually bother with pokémon are usually a bit more updated, and to say that the newer games are marketed with Pikachu and Charizard is laughable, so your point is pretty moot.
  4. Miles101's Avatar
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    Ditto is hardly ever remembered even though it's Generation I :(

    If you actually go to the official site, it's COVERED in current Pokémon...and still no one cares.
  5. Zexy's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by H-con
    It's pretty basic, people already have an image of Pikachu == pokémon (which is by far reasonable, seeing Pikachu's place in all this). I can hardly blame them for not wanting to market completely different pokémon when so few people care. I'd almost say they've done a good job, because whenever you say Pikachu (and Charizard, for that matter), they associate it with pokémon. You can't do the same with a huge amount of different pokémon, it needs to be narrowed down.


    People who actually bother with pokémon are usually a bit more updated, and to say that the newer games are marketed with Pikachu and Charizard is laughable, so your point is pretty moot.
    They arent advertising pokemon as much as they did at charizard s time, at least here. I am talking from what happens in Greece after all.
  6. H-con's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWartortle
    They arent advertising pokemon as much as they did at charizard s time, at least here. I am talking from what happens in Greece after all.
    Okay, so they're not advertising pokémon as much as they used to during the fad. That's understandable. What you seem to imply is that people should know about a bunch of pokémon they haven't heard of and don't care about when they don't advertise nearly as much as they used to during the fad with these pokémon.
  7. Helioptile's Avatar
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    this is why Game Freak needs to expand its demographic.
  8. Zexy's Avatar
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    I cant see why its not still a fad though. Especially when back then there was not iinternet coverage, while today there is.

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