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Pokemon - which are your fav'rits?
Pokemon games - which is best?
Pokemon - what's coming up?
Is the GC 'proper' Pokemon game going to be any good?
What about the DS one?
Did you catch 'em all?
Why the fuck would anyone want to play Pokemon anyway?
Pokemon slash


Tom (Groke), Sunday, 25 September 2005 22:56 (eighteen years ago) link

I had Pokemon Blue on the Gameboy, and yes, with the help of a friend with the Red version, I did catch 'em all.

Was babysitting a kid recently who also had a DS, and when Mario multiplayer got dull, we swapped Gameboy Advance games for a little bit. I let him play Sonic Advance 3, and in return got to play a new-fangled GBA Pokemon game. It seemed pretty much the same as the old ones, but with fancy graphics. Quite fun, but possibly a bit too easy (as should be expected, really).

melton mowbray (adr), Sunday, 25 September 2005 23:12 (eighteen years ago) link

I think they strike a good balance between being quite easy to complete but with a load of extra stuff to do to fill yr Pokedex; I have never remotely got near catching them all, even discounting the ones I'd need a link-up to do. I find them very relaxing to play somehow though, even if a lot of it is just wandering round levelling up. The optimistic world of Pokemon is a charming one I think.

Tom (Groke), Sunday, 25 September 2005 23:17 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh yes, they're definitely relaxing. I remember spending hours lying on the floor playing Pokemon Blue. Is there a proper one coming out for the DS, that isn't pinball, racing or Pokemon Backgammon? If so, I might well get it, if only because of the pick-up-and-play-ness of the DS when you close it. It'd be great to have something to play when waiting for things to happen, that doesn't involve fishing out headphones and turning down other noise, like Electroplankton.

melton mowbray (adr), Sunday, 25 September 2005 23:34 (eighteen years ago) link

I played Red for about three months and then lost interest. It's not a bad little RPG and it gave me excellent conversation material for eight year olds.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Sunday, 25 September 2005 23:36 (eighteen years ago) link

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 26 September 2005 00:45 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh and my fave pokemon was Bellsprout. Lamest of the lame.

Forksclovetofu (Forksclovetofu), Monday, 26 September 2005 01:07 (eighteen years ago) link

I liked Bellsprout and

melton mowbray (adr), Monday, 26 September 2005 05:54 (eighteen years ago) link

This guy was my bad-ass.

The Yellow Kid, Monday, 26 September 2005 06:06 (eighteen years ago) link

i played one of them (i forget which) on a GB emulator some 5 years ago on my old pc. it was pretty fun, repetitively relaxing for sure. reminded me of phantasy star 2 which used to be like my favourite game ever!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 26 September 2005 13:42 (eighteen years ago) link

(then i played THAT on an emulator and blew my dome)

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 26 September 2005 13:42 (eighteen years ago) link

I played it on an emulator, loved it, and bought a gameboy to play it. I think it kinda suffers from how there is no real way to make the battles hard so all the difficulty is being-lost-type frustration rather than skill challenge. But, I mean, numbers go up. I love numbers going up. When I buy a DS I'll probably buy it again.

My favourites are Evie and Graveller, who I chose this name partly because.

Is the GC 'proper' Pokemon game going to be any good?
I know nothing about this! Tell more!

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Monday, 26 September 2005 18:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Pokemon Snap was awesome.

Casuistry (Chris P), Tuesday, 27 September 2005 03:38 (eighteen years ago) link

when I went to gencon they were having pokemon card tournaments, it was really cool to see like 12-year-old girls and middle-aged men face off.

teeny (teeny), Wednesday, 28 September 2005 16:04 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Okay, teeny's last sentence has hurt my brain.

Dan (GET ONE DIGNITY, MIDDLE-AGED MEN) Perry (Dan Perry), Saturday, 5 November 2005 14:56 (eighteen years ago) link
Cubone was the best Pokémon on just aobut every level. One, the name was endless entertainment. Two, he brought the badass AND the cute, a deadly combination. Three, I don't think he actually had a face under that mask, which is really fucked up and surreal for a kid's game. Four, he wore the skull and fought with the tibia of his enemies or something. He was Conan the Barbarian, if Conan was more Japanese, less Arnold, and way more badass. Plus he was never a badguy on the TV show and he was Ground type which made him really useful.

Will M. (Will M.), Sunday, 6 November 2005 09:58 (eighteen years ago) link

melton mowbray (adr), Sunday, 6 November 2005 16:28 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...
The new one comes out soon, and I may get it... apparently there's some insanity with trading-- gotta plug the old game into port 2 and the new one into port 1, and all this... anyone know any more?

Also... I have no idea why I still care. I haven't really enjoyed one since... Red. But a decent game to play on the 2-3h of bussing a day is always good-- and while those stylus games are fun, TRY FUCKNIG CUTTING OPEN A PATIENT IN TRAUMA CENTRE ON THE BUMPIEST SUBWAY EVER. FUCK.

Will M., Tuesday, 27 February 2007 17:28 (sixteen years ago) link

as far as i know you can trade from sapphire/ruby/emerald to diamond/pearl by plugging them both in. then you transfer a couple of pokemon across (like 5-10 at a time i think?) and they appear in a pokemon safari-type thing in diamond/pearl that you have to then catch to use. sounds like a bit of a pain but it could be fun. i am looking forward to it because it is the first pokemon that would actually allow me to trade between versions. also, wifi will be fun if i can find someone who isn't a 12 year old pokemon savant who will kick my arse in 30 seconds

webber, Wednesday, 28 February 2007 02:20 (sixteen years ago) link

kv_nol, Wednesday, 28 February 2007 08:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I played about an hour each of Pokemon Ranger and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon on the DS. May go back to Ranger, it had an interesting stylus capture thing (you have to draw circles around the pokemon to catch them), but wasn't hugely wowed by either of them really. And having all these RPG-style-games-with-the-pokemon-name-which-aren't-actually-pokemon-games around (see also the GC version) just tends to dilute the brand and leave me less eager to play the proper ones, really.

Trozei was quite good fun though. Until (as I've complained elsewhere) I beat it and unlocked hard mode and it made me sit though all the cutscenes AND TUTORIAL LEVELS again. Idiots!

JimD, Thursday, 1 March 2007 11:46 (sixteen years ago) link

what was crap about mysterious dungeon?

TOMBOT, Thursday, 1 March 2007 14:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Tom said it seemed like 1x repetitive dungeon crawl button bash but Isabel apparently liked it - like Jim I am wary of all the pokemon-name-but-not-rly-pokemon games, even though I spent FAR too long playing Pokemon Colosseum on the GC whilst acknowledging that it was k-rub EVEN AS I BLEARILY RUBBED MY EYES after four hours worth of play..

But anyway, I would try Mystery Dungeon if I saw it anywhere for LESS THAN £25 :(

Sarah, Thursday, 1 March 2007 16:18 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, Mystery Dungeon wasn't all that bad, but its YOU ARE NOW A POKEMON WOWZ! thing seemed like a bad idea, since it meant that a) you don't get to collect other pokemon any more, and b) the game didn't even let you choose which pokemon you wanted to forced me to be a treecko, which I wasn't too happy about.

All the above may have changed if I'd stayed with it a bit longer though. And I might give it a second chance, once I'm finished with FF3, which shouldn't be too far away now (although I've got harvest moon and hotel dusk and age of empires and various other long games waiting for me to get stuck into them as well....owning a DS-Xtreme is ACE!).

JimD, Friday, 2 March 2007 14:24 (sixteen years ago) link

I am jumping up & down w/excitement and impatience for the day Diamond & Pearl are released.

I loved that island in Ruby where everyone idolized Wailmer. "It's called W-w-w-Wailmer watching!"

Abbott, Thursday, 15 March 2007 20:34 (sixteen years ago) link

pokemon snap was the only one i ever really liked.

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 15 March 2007 20:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Pokemon Snap is INCREDIBLE! I hearts it.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon is still rub, but I played it again last night, I have rescued a Rattata and a Voltorb.

Sarah, Tuesday, 27 March 2007 10:38 (sixteen years ago) link

I keep fucking up what I think is the last level in adventure mode on Pokemon Link - I'm so shit at it when it goes into dark silhouette mode.

onimo, Tuesday, 27 March 2007 11:06 (sixteen years ago) link

I wish you could still print out Pokemon Snap pics at Blockbuster video.

Abbott, Tuesday, 27 March 2007 20:07 (sixteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
I've just started playing pearl! Woo! I'm not far enough in for it to give me a friend code yet, but I'm expecting fun scraps with all you lot, just as soon as it does. :)

JimD, Saturday, 21 April 2007 12:16 (sixteen years ago) link

(ok, now I've got a code. It's 5326 7362 9055. Play with me!)

JimD, Saturday, 21 April 2007 14:08 (sixteen years ago) link

How do you get given a friend code? I went to the bottom of the poke-centre and I found where you can enter other people's friend codes, but I can't for the life of me see where you can find out what your's is. Any help?

webber, Monday, 23 April 2007 03:27 (sixteen years ago) link

4081 1977 8490

webber, Monday, 23 April 2007 07:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Where di you find that friend code, webber? I haven't really looked yet, but I did get that pal pad or whatever.

Will M., Monday, 23 April 2007 18:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Yep, if you look in your pal pad you can check your own code. I've added you, webber!

JimD, Monday, 23 April 2007 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

2964 5069 9622 mmmm hmm!

Will M., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 02:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Wah! Where did you get your copies??

Sarah, Tuesday, 24 April 2007 11:11 (sixteen years ago) link

They had plenty of copies at the Best Buy, EB Games, AND Futureshop where my family lives (I was home for the weekend)

Will M., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 14:19 (sixteen years ago) link

What Pokemon yalls got? I have a level 20 Psyduck, Grotle, and Luxio now. I have some oter Pokemon but they haven't interested me long enough for me to actually do anything w/ them.

Will M., Tuesday, 24 April 2007 18:00 (sixteen years ago) link

I've got a Chatot I'm quite fond of (who has some surprisingly powerful attacks for a little birdie) but the rest of my team, so far, are just old standards (a misdreavus, a psyduck, a geodude, etc). On the whole the new monsters don't seem particularly interesting.

I'm quite enjoying hanging around underground though, digging up spheres.

Btw, have registered you Will. Perhaps we should start thinking about scheduling some fights or something...

JimD, Wednesday, 25 April 2007 15:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, Chatot seems pretty good! I, too, have levelled him to the level of the rest of my little guys. I also friend code added you. Which side of the Atlantic are you on? If the east side, it may be difficult to set up a fight or two, because I generally get home from work around 7-8pm EST. Either way though.

I find the pickings for Pokemon seem very slim, too. I guess I'm not far yet. Shoulda picked Chimchar though, there are NO Fire pokemon to be found. :( Found and nabbed a Cleffa though, I wonder if they're worth using.

Will M., Wednesday, 25 April 2007 16:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Okay, let me phrase this another way. Where did people in the UK get their copies from, as certain retailers state they will NOT SHIP pokemon to the EU!

Sarah, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Amazon is giving release date of 30 June and your pokemon will all be like level 9372 by then :(

Sarah, Thursday, 26 April 2007 11:25 (sixteen years ago) link

By then I will be successfully breeding my pokemans, so the new little babies will all be level 1, and itll be like i am at the same level as you because i will have to level them all up all over again!

Will M., Thursday, 26 April 2007 15:22 (sixteen years ago) link

Where did people in the UK get their copies from



And yes, I'm in London, so hooking up might be tricky, esp since I tend to go te bed very early these days. But I'll let you know if I have any late nights coming up. :)

JimD, Thursday, 26 April 2007 17:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Course Sarah, you could always try in canada. They're happy to ship worldwide (or at least they always used to be, back when I used to get all my ds and gc games from them) AND they've got pokemon in stock AND it's LOTS cheaper than it'll be when it finally arrives here in another two months time anyway. So that's what you should do.

JimD, Thursday, 26 April 2007 17:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Actually, you know what's annoying me at the moment? I'm 75% certain that I bought and played pokemon ruby, but I can't find my cart anywhere. And I don't know whether that's because it's lost, or because I sold it, or because I'm just confused and I never actually played it in the first place. But either way, it's looking like no pokedex-transferring-fun for me, boo.

JimD, Thursday, 26 April 2007 17:12 (sixteen years ago) link

STOP PRESS - Just found it! Had a flash of inspiration, and thought of checking in the slot of my old (long since packed away) GBA. And there it was! Hooray!

Found my copy of pokemon gold too. Shame I won't be able to transfer all those over too.

JimD, Thursday, 26 April 2007 17:24 (sixteen years ago) link

I have an old flash cart type thing where my slots 1 and 2 are used for my p1rat1ng, so i can't put my ruby in anyway :/

Will M., Thursday, 26 April 2007 17:39 (sixteen years ago) link

pretty good so far! I've actually never played a Pokemans before (lol @ me waiting until I hit 30 before I test the waters of this retarded nonsense) so I don't really have a frame of reference but I enjoyed the hour or so I played it before diving back into OoT 3D.

XBOX BING GOATSE (jamescobo), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 19:45 (twelve years ago) link

also my stunfisk's name is EUGENE in case anyone needed to know

― salsa shark, Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:30 PM (3 hours ago)

i NEVER named my pokemon, i always thought that was a disgrace for some reason

jag goo (k3vin k.), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 20:15 (twelve years ago) link

If you name your pokemon then THEIR NAMES DON'T CHANGE WHEN THEY EVOLVE and that always really annoyed me.

oppet, Tuesday, 21 June 2011 22:42 (twelve years ago) link

Gregor Samsa didn't change his name when he evolved.

free inappropriate education (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 21 June 2011 23:09 (twelve years ago) link

Kafka uses SAMSA!
But he's ineffective...

Don't start the chain you know? (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 22 June 2011 04:25 (twelve years ago) link

so much hate for giving pokemon names, wtf dudes.

salsa shark, Wednesday, 22 June 2011 08:51 (twelve years ago) link

Huh? 90% of the fun of pokemon (as with Game Dev Story) comes from giving them all rude names.

JimD, Wednesday, 22 June 2011 09:54 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, it's the game dev story effect

Don't start the chain you know? (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 22 June 2011 13:28 (twelve years ago) link

six months pass...

kind of feeling this

this is funny u bitter dork (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 21 January 2012 20:57 (eleven years ago) link

three months pass...

151 artists draw all ("all") 151 pokemon

dharunravir (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:44 (eleven years ago) link

btw, anyone know how to download the old game onto my iphone? i know i need an "emulator" and a "rom" but i'm not good with this stuff

dharunravir (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:45 (eleven years ago) link

first step is to jailbreak your iPhone; def no game boy emulators in the app store

raw feel vegan (silby), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:06 (eleven years ago) link

you might have less of a headache just buying a GBC and a copy of the game you want on eBay if this world is unfamiliar to you. Probably run you <$25 total.

raw feel vegan (silby), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 15:09 (eleven years ago) link

That tumblr is the best thing I've seen since I looked at puppies for two hours on Saturday night <3 <3

salsa shark, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:35 (eleven years ago) link

you might have less of a headache just buying a GBC and a copy of the game you want on eBay if this world is unfamiliar to you. Probably run you <$25 total.

yeah, this p much. otherwise just search youtube for a tutorial on jailbreaking your phone and installing an emulator

Lamp, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 17:55 (eleven years ago) link

is jailbreaking dangerous/bad for your phone in any meaningful way?

dharunravir (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:25 (eleven years ago) link

it voids the warranty?

Lamp, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 18:59 (eleven years ago) link


dharunravir (k3vin k.), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 21:41 (eleven years ago) link

four months pass...

i bought pokemans black today to stave off power outage woes (naturally the power came back on like 2 hours later), any beginner ~protips~, i started with oshowatt

also is pokemans conquest any good? looks fun

adam, Monday, 3 September 2012 01:42 (eleven years ago) link

Make sure you train some good ghost/psychic/dark Pokemon for when you get to the Elite Four, even though you don't need them to beat any of the gym leaders.

ms fotheringham (Crabbits), Monday, 3 September 2012 01:48 (eleven years ago) link

Ooh I am so mad at myself – I got to the Elite 4 and I have nothing – nothing! – good against dark, psychic, or ghost pokemon. What folly on my part, to go that long with leveling some up, assuming since they're not immediately needed, they'll never be needed? Will I ever even finish this game?

― offee is for losers only, do you not c? (Abbbottt), Sunday, May 1, 2011 9:40 PM (1 year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Future players of pkmn black/white, all zero of you on this board, learn from my mistake.

― offee is for losers only, do you not c? (Abbbottt), Sunday, May 1, 2011 9:41 PM (1 year ago)

I never finished the game btw

ms fotheringham (Crabbits), Monday, 3 September 2012 01:49 (eleven years ago) link

/diligently taking notes

i don't trust this professor juniper

adam, Monday, 3 September 2012 02:53 (eleven years ago) link

zappi, Monday, 3 September 2012 11:34 (eleven years ago) link

don't know how it is where you guys live, but there's been crazy pokemon warnings here all summer—kids aren't even allowed outside by themselves

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Monday, 3 September 2012 21:35 (eleven years ago) link


Mordy, Monday, 3 September 2012 22:13 (eleven years ago) link

kids just need to stay out of caves and the tall grass

ms fotheringham (Crabbits), Monday, 3 September 2012 22:21 (eleven years ago) link

These Pokemen are expensive. After this thread's revival I thought I should get Black/White as I haven't played one in a long time, but it's still basically full price. Thought I'd be able to pick it up for a tenner or so by now. :(

CraigG, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 08:18 (eleven years ago) link

you can barely get used game boy advance games for $10 on eBay. Nintendo shit holds its value new and used for a long time.

"Pffft" --buddha (silby), Tuesday, 4 September 2012 15:49 (eleven years ago) link

not sure i'm comfortable with this evil pokemans liberation front storyline in black. it's a little dark knight rises.

adam, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 12:33 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

x/y y/n?

adam, Friday, 18 October 2013 15:44 (ten years ago) link

yes! except I forgot when it was due to come out and only just placed my order for it a few minutes ago :$

salsa shark, Saturday, 19 October 2013 20:36 (ten years ago) link

as expected it slays

Andrew Kornfan, Sunday, 20 October 2013 09:44 (ten years ago) link

seriously so dumb that it's 2013 and i can't just play this on my iphone as an app. fuck going to my mom's house and busting out my game boy

k3vin k., Sunday, 20 October 2013 16:35 (ten years ago) link

it does slay

adam, Wednesday, 23 October 2013 23:27 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I've been playing for about a week now. The new graphics are nice but I don't think it's a huuuuuuge step up from Black/White.

Random things I like about this game: Hawlucha, Restaurant Le Yeah's triple battles (it made it so easy to get my team levelled up between the 30s/40s without grinding), the storyline giving you a few really decent Pokemon in the first half of the game, new moves, new 'fairy' type, being able to see distribution of EVs, Pikachu's voice acting

Dislikes: only Pikachu gets voice acting, poor camera angling and lack of any on-screen map when in lumiose city, 'horde battles', that some of the ppl who challenge you to battles are a bit freaky/zombie-like in their 2D drawings, too many challengers with fighting types, two dimensional Stunfisk.

salsa shark, Saturday, 9 November 2013 22:11 (ten years ago) link

you take that back, flat Stunfisk is hilarious

Andrew Kornfan, Saturday, 9 November 2013 23:11 (ten years ago) link

flat stunfisk is so puzzling! I know it's supposed to be flat-ish but surely not two dimensional! I honestly thought my game was glitching the first time I encountered one :/

salsa shark, Sunday, 10 November 2013 01:13 (ten years ago) link

it's got a little bit of thickness, I thought, but I haven't encountered one since a Battle Maison match a few days ago so I could be mistaken. I think it's supposed to be one of those fish that hides from predators in the sand. I love it

Andrew Kornfan, Sunday, 10 November 2013 19:51 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

you guuuyyyyss

I found a Stunfisk in my hometown :3

salsa shark, Monday, 31 March 2014 20:46 (nine years ago) link

four months pass...

Mordy, Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:43 (nine years ago) link

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:53 (nine years ago) link

my girlfriend got me pokemon pearl and a DS for our anniversary, after hearing me complain about how much i missed playing pokemon. as someone who last played silver something like 10 years ago, i was happy with how similar the gameplay is relative to the old ones (though i guess pearl is pretty old at this point). not really a huge fan of the double battles, and i'm uninterested in all the berries/pokemon contests and stuff, but the plot is still pretty good. my only real complaint would be the lack of cool pokemon to raise, though i guess i just made some bad choices. i had always gone with the water starters, so i chose piplup, but he doesn't really learn any cool moves. the other 2 i've had for a while are machop and luxio.

k3vin k., Sunday, 24 August 2014 03:20 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

finally playing pokemon x!!
why won't it let me name my pidgey 'burrows'?? what am I missing here?

King Clone (Crabbits), Tuesday, 7 October 2014 16:31 (nine years ago) link

naked lunch i guess?

the other song about butts in the top 5 (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 7 October 2014 16:40 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

this merch is pretty damn cute

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Saturday, 7 March 2015 17:29 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Moon and Sun! Moon and Sun! Moon and Sun!

Andrew Kornfan, Sunday, 28 February 2016 18:07 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

this thread missed like 3 games but scarlet and violet! scarlet and violet!

Kompakt Total Landscaping (Will M.), Tuesday, 22 November 2022 09:07 (one year ago) link

Sword Shield was underwhelming in a lot of ways but its new pokemon and region specific types were great. I'm not far enough into Scarlet Violet to judge it yet but the changes/updates so far are promising.

salsa shark, Friday, 25 November 2022 19:02 (one year ago) link

Pokemon - which are your fav'rits?

feeling dratini lately

Pokemon games - which is best?

gold and silver in a walk

Did you catch 'em all?


The field divisions are fastened with felicitations. (Deflatormouse), Friday, 25 November 2022 19:14 (one year ago) link

arceus was really good, i should go back and finish it. will continue my staunch refusal to play a new mainline one though

ciderpress, Friday, 25 November 2022 21:17 (one year ago) link

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