Pokémon GO Announced

Pokémon GO Announced

There is a dream that many people have. A dream to traverse the tall grass to capture wild Pokémon. And now they have announced Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android. An augmented reality game that  is made by the same ground that brought us Ingress. In the game you can find and capture wild Pokémon, you can battle other trainers, and even take place in group events such as battling wild Mew-Two. They are even going to have a wrist based item that will vibrate when you are near wild Pokémon and to simulate throwing the Pokéball. Check out the trailer to the pure awesome.

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The Professional Gamer - May 8, 2015

Hi everyone! As I write this post, I'm sitting in a condo in downtown Toronto.  The Toronto Comic Arts festival is due to start tomorrow, and I'm getting really excited about it.  Travel and vacation usually means more time to enjoy life, and that's been true for me as well.  Read on to see what I've been doing.

Watching: This week, Steven Universe (along with a number of other prominent Cartoon Network serials) were release on Hulu in the US.  I have, therefore, spent much of the past week watching through the earlier episodes.  So far, I've watched 19 episodes, of the 35 currently available, and its been a lot of fun.  Steven, the titular character, is a half-gem / half-human.  Gems are a race of sentient crystals that take on human form.  Steven is looked after by a group of three gems named Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl.  The overall arch of the show so far is the story of Steven learning to use his gem powers.  Along the way, he spends a lot of time making friends and simply growing up as a human boy.  In short, the show simply makes me feel good.  I really enjoy the use of music as well as some of the characters goofy expressions.  In short, Steven Universe just feels good to watch.

Reading: During my flight to Toronto I picked up Frankenstein again.  I had somewhat forgotten where I was in the story.  Turns out, I was in the section where the Creature monologues for 3 chapters.  The most striking thing to me is how different the portrayal of the Creature is in the book versus almost all of popular culture.  In the book, he is grotesque, but highly intelligent and very much able to discuss his feelings with the Doctor.  Whereas most popular portrayals of the Creature take after the now classic version by Boris Karloff.

In preparation for TCAF, I visited Little Island Comics and The Beguilling, two of Toronto's notable comic stores.  I purchased Giant Days No. 1, Lumberjanes Issue 5, and Batgirl No. 35.  Then we got lost in Honest Ed's, so I haven't had a chance to read my new finds yet, but I plan to do so soon.

Playing: Since my 3DS wouldn't leave me alone about it, I download the Pokémon Rumble game. It seems to be alright so far, although I am not planning to spend any actual money on the game.  

Tonight, I'll be tagging along with my artist friends to the Sparkler Monthly party.  And then tomorrow, I'll be off to TCAF proper.  Depending on WiFi availability, I'll try to get some tweets and pictures up.  Until next time, Game On!

Pokémon Art Academy Contest!

Pokémon Art Academy Contest!

Do you like Pokémon? Do you like to draw? Well then you are in luck,  The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo of American are hosting the Pokémon Art Academy Competition. Running between February 18 and March 29, 2015. To participate first you need to get a copy of Pokémon Art Academy. This game offers you 40 lessons in how to paint, sketch, and draw popular Pokémon. The contest has two categories that you can enter in: Dress-Up Pikachu and Your Favorite Pokémon

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How To Get Free Pumpkaboo


The mantra of the pokémon trainer has always been to catch them all. This is not always an easy task. Thankfully, every so often, Nintendo tosses us a bone. From now until the end of Halloween you can get a free Supersized Pumpkaboo if you have Pokémon X / Y. Just check for a gift online before launching your game.  

Once recieved you will be able to pick up your new friend on any Poké Center you come across. Enjoy!


Have you ever looked at Pokémon and thought that this turn based stuff is for the birds and it really needs more of a fighting game quality? Well then you are in luck! Live(ish) from YouTube comes a first look at "Pokkén Tournament". It is basically Tekken only with Pokémon characters. Fingers crossed this makes it state side.

The Gameslave Podcast - Episode 167

The next chapter in Sony's console library had been released. So we talk about that for a bit along with other games we have actually played.

Notes, per usual, can be found here.

Pokémon X / Y - Soon

It has been a long time since I played a Pokémon game. We are talking the Red version of the game and maybe the Yellow version. Since I last played they have added 498 Pokémon to the game. And that is not counting the ones added in this new game. With this I have decided to get back into it. I will have no clue what I am doing at first, but lets look at what I can expect.
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Pokémon Shatter Sales Record

Pikachu in line to get his copySo March 6th heralded the release of two new Pokemon titles; Pokémon Black and Pokémon White for the Nintendo DS game systems.  With their release came a new Pokémon sales record. Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games held the previous record with a one-day sale record 780,000 copies sold in April of 2007.  Pokémon Black and Pokémon White broke this record with 1.08 million copies sold in 1 day.  

Now why are so many people attracted to this? Lets check this convient quote from the press release shall we:

"Longtime Pokémon fans are attracted to the new Pokémon, new battle systems and a new region to explore, while newcomers enjoy the ability to jump in and have fun right away,” said Charlie Scibetta, Nintendo of America’s senior director of Corporate Communications. “These sales numbers illustrate the continued strength of the Nintendo DS family of systems. Already established as the nation’s best-selling video game platform of all time, the installed base of more than 47 million makes it the ideal hand-held for developers to reach a huge gaming-focused target audience."

So there you have it.  More areas to explore, more Pokémon to collect (how the hell are you supposed to collect them all now?) and a new battle system are luring 47 million fans to the game.   So grab your copies and try to collect all 649 Pokémon.