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November 19, 2012


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Best and Worst: Pokemon

Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What's the one thing you like best about Pokemon, and the one thing that irks you to no end?

Selon moi, the best thing is the secrets (or not-so-obvious minutiae) in the games. The Mew Easter Egg, the Week Siblings, Shinies (gen II, anyways. Blew my little kiddie mind.), Treasure at the Bottom of the Sea, the Regi Trio, Pokemon Overworld Bonuses, Rotom's Forms, etc.

The worst thing to me, however, is the concept of EV training. I know it makes you stronger, but the whole thing kinda undermines the concept of what Pokemon was supposed to be. They degrade from "beings" to mere collections of numbers (along with IVs), and numbers is not something I'm willing to sink my time in. I hadn't hear of EV training till Gen IV, and that was when I was accused of doing it by my classmates (in reality, I'm just good at the games, and have been since Pokemon came out I had a Nidoking. Can't go wrong there. :P).

Enough about me though... what about you chaps?

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Straviios Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Likes: Music
Dislikes: Having to grind for those levels all-over again and again...
Tovato Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the best: the potential there is for the fandom's creation to rock!

the worst: all the thing they're implementing that only work if you have other people to play with. i.e. White Forest >:[
nekoshadow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Best: general fun, nostalgia, the collective concept (gotta catch 'um all!), pokememes, and my favorite dragon types :)

Worst: I agree with EV training. I dont have the patience for it D:
I also wish we could travel between regions, like we did for silver/gold...but at least Black and White 2 let's you fight all the other gym leaders and champions...
...and the anime still just having Ash instead of the main characters we play in the games XD
Purpllamas Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, I wish I'd never heard of EV training. Now all I can think is, "I'm not actually leveling up my Pokemon, I'm just increasing its level and probably battling all the wrong Pokemon so my Pokemon is going to up its stats in all the wrong places."

But man, I love Pokemon. It's just fun.
DuctileCreations Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The best: They're all pretty solid RPGs
The worst: They're all basically the same game,. Also the fact that you can't travel to other regions like you could in silver/gold.
Libegon Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Ooh, I didn't know about the Mew thing. Thanks. :D

Best: Getting the newest game around the same time as your friends, so you can sort of compete to get the next badge, delete the Elite 4, stuff like that. Becoming friends with people because of Pokémon is also pretty nice.
Worst: Events, especially real life ones. Now that I have WiFi, I can finally download them, but I wish they were permanent. With real life events, though, I don't really have a chance to get them, seeing as no one cares about Austria and I wouldn't go out to Germany just to get Keldeo.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hated missing events... but with strict parents I only attended one, and that was by accident: Momocon was giving away Jirachi or Deoxys.
Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Best: Fossil Pokemon. They have one based on a frikkin' crinoid! I don't actually like it much, but it's awesome that it's there.

Also Anomalocaris, Archaeopteryx, Microraptor, Xiphosurida, Pterosauria, Ammonoidea. I actually have a plush Archen because it's awesome.

Worst thing: I've never actually owned a game, so I don't have a clue what I'm talking about.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

...oh, well. At least you found something to appreciate.
Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
I've never owned any Nintendo products. I got caught up in the mania in the early naughties, and since then have casually watched from afar.
kmwright Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Best thing is Johto's route 34.:bucktooth:

Worst thing, pussy players who use nothing but legendary pokemon.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Legendaries, Pseudo-legendaries and starters are all for teh N00bz.
franktheladycow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You feel AWESOME when you catch a Pokemon that you really want. I think the whole concept of Pokemon is awesome. You feel a sense of being a hero, exploring and going out and experiencing your region, and growing closer with your Pokemon, even if they ARE just a collection of pixels. It makes you feel like you're not totally lame.
One thing I would like is diagonal motion. Or to punch everyone in the face who thinks I have a level 5 Reshiram just lying around waiting to trade for their stupid Pokemon.

GTS is hard.

It's hard and no one understands.
Ginokami6 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist
Best: Childhood memories/sentimental value
Worst: Haters; yeah, those people who say you're a loser cuz you still like pokemon.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haters gonna hate, some people didn't have a childhood to love. :)
RoguishBard Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Best: Nice, lengthy games with plenty to do even after the main game is completed. Cool Pokemon designs.
Worst: The inability to capture various Pokemon from previous generations and all the new online/player-to-player interactivity. Also, event Pokemon. I should be able to get a damn Arceus without having to find the one legitimate Pokemon that's being offered in exchange for an impossible lvl 5 Reshiram that some trollish ten-year old thinks he's so damn clever asking for.
I love everything about Pokemon. My only complaint- well it's more of a wish- is I would like a way to make a back up file. I've put at least 300 hours into each game since they've come out and when you do that, losing your Pokemon is a horrible experience.
One more thing: I want real online game play capabilities. I play so much but I never have more than one or two people to play with. I know you can play them online, but I want online capabilities more like an Xbox live game.
Kiwi-Punch Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
BEST: Collecting and adventuring, the slow pacing and variety of pokemon to catch.

WORST: The Rock-Paper-Scissors style of gameplay wears thin these days. I also feel the lack of mature subject matter in Pokemon also really drags it down. I also hate the random encounters, lack of more than one save files, having only one master ball to use near the end of the game, and the lengths of the games. I am 45 hours into Diamond and am still not finished with the Pokedex.

Here's how I would fix it:

- More real-time battle system with new layers of strategy, forcing the player to queque up commands in real-time. This would force players to make lightning-fast decisions. I would also reduce the amount of damage exploiting your opponents' weaknesses deals to make battles feel more like those of the anime. The real time battle system would give a more realistic and cinematic feel to battle. Let's face it. Your opponent if you were in a real pokemon battle, is not going to sit there and let you take your turn. He's going to make his next move while you're still deciding on yours.

- More than one save file would give players more flexibility, and give players the ability to trade pokemon in between save files, as well as with others, and you have a ton more potential unlocked in one fell swoop.

- A shop selling master balls would be an ideal fix because I would like the opportunity to collect EVERY Pokemon. However, to balance this out because some of you make think that having more than one Master Ball is a bad thing, they would cost 10,000 pokemon dollars and the shop will be located in an area you can only discover by using SURF and get ot by using FLY. That means you're near the end of the game, about to enter the Pokemon league, and by that point you should have all 8 HMs.

- I would like to be able to SEE the pokemon I am going to fight in the wild. This would eliminate two problems: Random Encounters would no longer be a problem, AND I would get some breathing room. What if you were down to one pokemon, had no healing items, your pokemon was at low health, and the nearest pokemon center is just past that tall batch of grass, but wait...You have to battle a wild pokemon who you can't run away from, and it ends up handing you your ass on a silver platter, and you haven't saved in an hour.:iconfffuuuplz:

- You should not be forced to fight other trainers, nor be forced to talk to them, unless they're the bosses of the area you're in. It should be YOUR decision to talk to and fight or talk to and not fight or completely ignore other trainers, unless they are the bosses of the area you are in. Same situation above could apply in this case too. Imagine being low on health, only to get your ass handed to you before you could reach a pokemon center and a pokemart. :iconfffuuuplz:

That's how I would fix Pokemon. Also, I would like a Pokemon game that combines fifty pokemon from every generation, including their legendaries. That would mean hundreds of hours of content, and the option of collecting over 300 pokemon. I like to collect things, so this would be the best pokemon game ever. Include the fixes and battle system of my choice, as well as BEING ABLE TO SEE ALL OF MY POKEMON AND NOT JUST HIS OR HER BUTT, and you have my perfect pokemon game.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Multiple save files undermines the "personal" concept. I'm against it. :I

Master balls should be either in the lottery as it is, or by a collecting day-by-day game like the one in Gen II. I want to actually try to catch my Pokemon, not have them handed to me.

Random encounter erasing? I can see that going away, but I can't for the life of me see what's to replace it. Rare Pokemon would only be rare if they were encountered randomly.

I would LOVE the option of accepting battles. :la:

I think you need to play the Pokemon Prism Beta. It has a lot of what I expect the newer games to be like. Mix-and-match Pokemon Rosters per region, Interchangeable avatars with variable colors, coherent story that involves the Elite Four, extra types. Oh, and your starter is a special Larvitar.
Kiwi-Punch Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
1) Multiple save files would allow players to have multiple experiences at once. Not only that, but you could trade pokemon in-between save files, which would make collecting them a lot easier.

2) Uh...Dude...They're going to be expensive as hell. You're not going to just be handed Master Balls, you know; you're going to have to earn the money for them.

3) That's why you make rare pokemon bosses with their own caverns and shiny pokemon would spawn VERY VERY RARELY.

4) Agreed.

5) I like my pokemon games with newer graphics, so unless they update it to look like the GBA or DS versions, I ain't touching it. I've grown too used to the newer ones, it seems...
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
1.) Still against it. Maybe it's the naturalist in me. :I

2.) Okay, that seems more legit.

3.) When I mean rare pokemon I mean non-legendary. Think about it if you could walk around and just SEE a Relicanth or Skarmory. They wouldn't seem so rare anymore.
And I want the shiny rate to crank up back to Gen II's. That way, the hype would be gone and it would be a preference of color.

5.) Regarding the Beta, I love Gen II graphics like Yahtzee Croshaw loves Silent Hill 2. Especially since they rendered other Gen Pokemon like Seviper and Luxray.
TheRoyalCrownJewel Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BEST: the collecting aspects of the game, competitive battling, rare Pokemon.
WORST: the way too nostalgic fans bashing newer games and newer species. COME ON GUYS, IT'S JUST A GAME FOR PETE'S SAKE!
TheLeetCasualGamer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hard for me to say one thing, but I'll try.

Best: The massive variety, it's one of those reasons I try to limit myself from any type of hate to a Pokemon saying "this Pokemon sucks" or "this one is overrated" and limit myself to a few selected favorites. I think I've tried about 200 Pokemon in the roster and found many different ways to use them, sync them with my team, and I'm still to this day, exploring more I can do to my Pokes and it really keeps me playing. Did anyone know that Vanilluxe is actually a very good ice-type Pokemon? Yeah, surprised me too.

Worst: The fanbase, it rivals that of even the Sonic fanbase making it a drag for the rest of us.
> constant bashing of new games
> constant bashing of certain Pokemon
> telling you how to play and not play
> The idea of competitive battling when I feel it's suppose to be a lot more of a laid back series
I could really go on.
schris91 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
IVs are the absolute worst. You can spend all your time EV training a perfect natured pokemon, and then all of a sudden its stats never reach the max its supposed to because it just has a crappy IV so it can never hit the max for that pokemon species.

The best thing is when a pokemon that's a personal favorite ends up being a total beast for my in game team. Getting good natures on the first try is also a great feeling. Also getting hits off when being confused, paralyzed, that kill the opponent actually pumps me up as lame as that is.

But also I agree, the metagame people are horrible. I can't stand that. I JUST WANT TO PLAY POKEMAN. You can't just play online with your in game team now cause you get wrecked by people who spend hundreds of hours perfectly EV training and breeding perfect IV pokemon for competitive play.

I must say most of my previous gameplay complaints were pretty much fixed in Gen 5. I thoroughly enjoyed those games and they were the best improvements over a previous generation in the games' history. It still comes up short to GSC imo but B/B2/W/W2 are great games.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
IV's are equivalent to DNA in our world, so it's easier to be happy that your partner maxed itself out as best as it could. :P
WatchHerFly Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
DIVE from Gen. III was the coolest shit ever.
Actually, so was SURF. So easy to get lost out there at sea. It was fun.
Shinies are great too. Though I always seem to get the gold Magikarps. :lol:

Like you, I agree that the EV training stuff is the worst. I don't even understand how to do it correctly. I get the "Good" nature junk and all that but really. Just ENJOY the game. Haha.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I live dive... I used to spend hours looking for treasure and rare Pokemon under the sea.

Screw EV training; just play the damn game. :)
Abstract-Mindser Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Worst: The fact that Pokemon continues without really innovating. Its about the mons instead of the actual games. Also, the anime.

The Pokemon Special Manga is pretty fantastic.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, right? Takes the concept of "if it ain't broke don't fix it" to its limits.
Spudfuzz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best thing? Eevee.

Worst thing?: The Eevee fandom and it's emo neon rave "OCs". :noes:
hydris Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I haven't kept up.

I remember what pissed me off was the AI using potions and spamming defense curl or a +evasion move.
Kinola14 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Best: The fact that you could actually catch a GOD POKEMON without causing the world to implode on itself. :laughing:

Worst: I...guess it'd have to be those times when you "Can't escape!" from a wild Pokemon battle.
DavidScript Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best: The glitches, the three Regis (especially Regice), landing that Counter/Mirror Coat, Shuckle, Misty (from the anime), and the Battle Tower.
Worst: Those Zubats. Seriously :B
Also the competitive metagame Gen V brought is pretty bad.
Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree.

And landing those counter attacks were fuckin' awesome.
Streled Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Best: anime, porn and parody
Worst: doesn't really improve a lot, fans who only whine about anything, rabid fans, those who believe Pokemon is bad for kids/adult.
Requiemachina Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Best: Everything.
Worst: Everything.
sbkMulletMan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
The best thing about Pokemon are the vulgar parodies.

superpika237 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Best thing is Lilligant, worst is the metagame people.

Fuck those guys.

Kimihro Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, forgot to mention Pokerus... silly me.
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