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The Voyage of the Lost Pokéwalker
| This is an editorial by Tenchioak.
About the author
Computer Science researcher by day, gaming journalist by night - is there anything that Greg can’t do? Hint, the answer is lots. Greg is a graduate student and research assistant at West Virginia University, a gaming journalist at 4 Color Rebellion, a former intern for NASA Ames Research Center, and a visiting academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. More importantly, he's also a former admin on Bulbagarden dating back to the days when we still used the .com, a pop-culture junkie with an entertainment addiction, and likely to quote Oscar Wilde at any given moment. Greg loves quirky Japanese video games, esoteric role-playing games, Tetris, film noir, Lovecraftian horror, and Irish whiskey. He isn’t wild about Russian literature or DC crossover events, both of which result in confusing, mind-shattering crises.
Being a game journalist isn’t as interesting as one might think. You get used to reporting things that you hear through the internet, there’s this layer of emotional distance between you and the stories. It’s rare to pick up interesting gaming stories in my own life, so when I heard one when out drinking last night, I had to repeat it. One of my friends, Matt, whipped out his Pokéwalker and started playing with it. This, in itself, was pretty normal, but it prompted my friend Jordan to begin telling us his story – a harrowing tale of a Pokéwalker and the most epic journey that one young Hoothoot could ever undergo.
Jordan met up with a friend one day, a couple of weeks back, at West Virginia University’s medical campus. The two of them took care of some business and hopped on the PRT (the local monorail system) to head back downtown. The pair had been to a few stores before Jordan noticed something – his Pokéwalker (and the Hoothoot inside) was gone! Frantically, the two of them began to trace their steps. Eventually, they arrived back at the downtown PRT station, unsuccessful in their attempt to locate the pedometer. At this point, a couple of hours had passed. The cars on the monorail have been all over the city, and the probability of that one car appearing again was tiny. Either the Pokéwalker had been turned in, or he was never going to see it again.
HeartGold and SoulSilver- a return to form or a lazy rehash?
| This is an opinion piece by Yeoldejacob. All views expressed are of the author's and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Bulbanews.
About the author
It has been nearly a decade since the North American release of Pokémon Gold and Silver. It has also been nearly a decade since Game Freak and Nintendo wowed me with a new installment of the series. The follow-ups to Gold and Silver, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, were the first real misstep in the series. The first games to have serious flaws. The first games in the series I found to be a chore to complete.
Before the release of a true sequel, we saw the release of enhanced-remakes of the original Pokémon Red and Green, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. These games, being nothing more than the original games with a fresh coat of paint, confirmed suspicions I had while playing Sapphire; Game Freak had begun coasting. They had started to disregard what made the series so iconic, so acclaimed, so addictive. Pokémon had entered a common phase of widely popular series, one that many never get out of.
Then came Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, the first games in the series for the Nintendo DS. Diamond and Pearl felt very much like experiments, which is to be expected, being that the DS is radically different than any console the series had appeared on to that point. While still not up-to-par with what their early predecessors accomplished, there were flashes of what makes Pokémon, Pokémon.
Hi Bulbagarden. I enjoyed the Rocket takeover that you recently held to promote the English release of HeartGold and SoulSilver. It was a great way to celebrate the games' launch and really got me into the spirit of the season. Great job! -- Anon 03:03, 12 April 2010 (UTC)
Trom is awesome
Just saying. -- Totally not trom 03:03, 12 April 2010 (UTC)