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I'm Chip, a 15 year old beaver who resides in the town of Moonside. I was one of its island's original inhabitants, as well as one of Moonside's ten founders.
I met Aileron & his crew when Dig came to my dam on the lake, calling,
" Chip, I need your help for ssomethin' !"
I came out of my dam and answered,
"Dig, what's the problem? You lose your pickaxe again or something?"
"No, not this time. We got ssome new folkss on the island, and they need your help finding food."
One of the fellows, a purple cat, stepped up to me. I looked up at him. He was at least 2 times my size!
"Umm, excuse me, Chip, is it?," he asked.
I nodded and swallowed a lump in my throat.
"My name is Big, and this is my son Flare, Scallop, and Aileron. Pleased to meet you. I know you don't know us, but would you mind assisting us?"
I relaxed and smiled. Despite what his size might suggest, he's a really nice guy! I told him,
"Sure, I'd be happy to help. Our island has a very large array of resources. Anything in particular you want?"
"Bananas, if you don't mind." Flare answered.
"Apples are fine for me....Oh, and some mangoes for my buddy who's back at the boat." Aileron responded.
"I'm not awfully particular in terms of food --," Big said. I heard a ribbit come from his shirt pocket. He pulled out a green frog with a long, pointed tail, "--Oh, and some insects for Froggy here, but I'm sure there are plenty around here."
I nodded and looked at Scallop.
"Me? I'm good. I fish for my food. Though, my friend loves coconuts. He's also back at the boat." he answered.
"Well, we've got all of that here. Dig, take Flare and Scallop to the beach to get the bananas, coconuts, and mangoes." I told him.
"Ssure thing, bro. Come to the center of the island when you finish up. Well, come on, you big lugss." he said, as the three of them ran off towards the east side of the island. I turned around to the remaining three.
"Okay, the lake has a plentiful supply of bugs, so we don't have to worry about that. You could leave Froggy here. There are some apple trees near here, and we'll probably find some more food as we walk." I inform them, and we walk off towards the forest.....
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This isn't some big philosophical debate i'm making or a way to divide the forums into groups, I'm just wondering, which generation did you begin with, and why?
Mine's no secret, I began with Generation 4. Diamond was my first Pokemon game, and the first game I actually finished. Sure it was with a god awful team that used nothing but the most powerful moves available, but even a 7 year old can win with enough revives at hand. My favourite Pokemon game is also a gen 4 title, being Heart Gold, which reminds me; is it Heart Gold or HeartGold? The space probably doesn't matter but it's something i've never been able to make my mind up on. Anyway, I've gone on about my favourites many times before, so I'll keep it short here. I'm a gen 4 kid through and through, and to me, Game Freak have yet to make a better Pokemon experience than the one available in Heart Gold and Soul Silver (though Sun and Moon got very close). So then, where did you start out?
Welcome to the finale of Pokemon MS Paint Version! Pokemon MS Paint is a five-part series which involves drawing a randomized Pokemon in MS Paint. Each user will be given a maximum of fifteen minutes to draw each Pokemon. The viewers, which are all of you, will vote on who you think has the best drawn Pokemon. The results have been added up from all five episodes and the winners have been declared!
First off, I know that Legend, Isagonj, and I had a really great time doing this challenge. It was nice to get out of our comfort zone and try something just for pure fun. We didn't have to make anything look as perfect or extravagant as we would normally intend to do, so this was a pleasant experience as a whole. In the end, whoever comes out on the top doesn't really matter (but let's get real, bragging rights are the best kind of prize). And of course, thank you to the audience for voting. It's been a little under a year since we started this series, so the long-awaited results are in!
In First Place,
In the beginning, I didn't think I would make it very far, so this was surprising!
I'm very clearly better than both Legend and Isabel and blew this competition out of the water.In all seriousness, I think that both Isabel and Legend did far better than me, but again, it doesn't matter who came out on top. (It's not rigged I promise)
In Second Place,
I commend Isabel for her unique styling and vibrant color pallets throughout this competition. I'm sure she doesn't care too much and she's probably in some kind of wormhole playing Fire Emblem. In any case, congratulations!
In Third Place,
The saying "last, but certainly not least" definitely applies to Legend. To let you in on a little secret, Legend uses a Mac Computer and didn't have access to MS Paint. He actually used Aseprite the whole time, but was restricted to MS Paint-only features. He's somewhere, lurking around PS. #ResurrectLegendFromTheDead
There's been quite a bit of talk recently about Pokemon and eSports- how Pokemon is an eSport, why it is or isn't, how it could take steps to become more seriously considered as one. So, might as well get into my stinking heap of opinions-
Pokemon is not an eSport.
Of course, treating it like a revelation is somewhat obnoxious, though a lot more people seem to refer to Pokemon as an eSport (or a developing one) without really giving what qualifies it as one much thought. When asked to explain what makes Pokemon an eSport, people typically point to it meeting the most loose and vague definition of it- "a multiplayer video game played competitively for spectators, typically by professional gamers." VGC is undoubtedly multiplayer, competitive, and in more recent years watched by spectators. Case closed, right? Well, no, not really. By this logic, any group of people who get together and stream Mario party are participating in an eSport, which we can all agree Mario Party under no circumstance is. But what makes Pokemon more like Mario party and less like something along the lines of League of Legends? Time for some funnerific discerning!
Basically every big eSport has two teams consisting of several players in a given match- this is important, as it's the one of the central reasons we even have the term "eSports" as two teams consisting of several skilled players is the main parallel between an actual physical sport and one that's entirely virtual. In Pokemon, it's the individual against... everyone else with Pokemon who wants to win, basically. In VGC, there's no group of players that are somehow working towards the same goal. Players can work together in some regards by sharing sets and thoughts on the meta, but ultimately each person is the only one directly contributing to their success, which is pretty uncharacteristic for an eSport.
A defining aspect of an eSport is the level of devotion put in by players, who have typically spent hours upon hours perfecting their skills and teamwork at a said game. Pokemon doesn't really require skill, however (don't worry, not gonna make the highly flawed "10% chances ruin everything" argument.) All Pokemon requires is a decently put together team and a good understanding of the meta and what people use. It still takes time to build a team and gain this knowledge of course, but doesn't require any of the intensity or nearly as much time any other professional eSport player would need to prepare. The only aspect of competitive Pokemon and VGC that could even somewhat be labeled as skill are the prediction aspects (your opponent's leads, move choices, switches, etc.) but considering that you can't really train your prediction skills (you could consistently find that people make certain choices in certain situations and then predict appropriately, but hey that falls under knowledge accumulation then) and is mostly just based on your gut feeling I wouldn't consider it. Not to say those who have won VGC world championships and whatnot aren't undoubtedly excellent players, but rather that being a great player requires a different, simpler type of ability than do other eSports.
Anybody can throw a ball with a monster inside of it
This point's somewhat similar to the last one, but hey it's my blog so most of you have probably stopped reading now and I get to type whatever I want now. Watermelon's horrible. Anyhow, once given a team and some knowledge of the meta, basically anyone can be a successful Pokemon player. Copying and pasting teams is also pretty popular, so then you're already halfway there. Of course, typically the players with more slightly more original variations on things and put in the most time are the ones that ultimately succeed, but you get the idea- basically anyone can succeed at a high level even with relatively very little preparation, simply due to the game not requiring any lightning quick reflexes or even extensive mastery of a certain Pokemon or team, which takes out a lot of the usual "you gotta admit how amazing these players are" factor that any sport usually has going.
The way VGC tournaments are structured (swiss) sometimes make who moves on and who doesn't somewhat confusing, but also the general way they're handled/streamed makes it pretty hard to follow any one individual. Usually, the only way one gains notoriety among VGC players is by doing well at a regional or some other event with an team that uses an unusual Pokemon or strategy. (players that do well will generally still be looked to for sets and ideas, but almost never followed or discussed.) Not only is it hard to follow players that you find interesting or noteworthy, interactions between players are mostly non-existent- it's not usually a huge thing in eSports, but you still do see rivalries and/or friendships forged between players now and then, which is always interesting and adds an extra layer to the whole thing. Now, I'm not saying Pokemon VGC would necessarily become an eSport if it was like Wrestling, with storylines and personality gimmicks for players (it would just be the best thing ever.) But yes in short the visibility for these kind of things would need to be greatly improved.
VGC Players used Pay Day! But it failed!
So, this one's pretty big- despite cashmoneymoolah not typically being used in definitions of eSports, I'd say it's actually quite defining- the main reason anybody even cares about these things enough to start agreeing upon a term for them is because there's money involved, which is essentially what makes eSports different from big flashy video game tournaments. Sure, very recently (2016 or perhaps 15, I believe it was) The Pokemon Company replaced the scholarship prizes they typically gave out to the final winners of VGC formats with an actual cash prize, but that's basically the beginning and end of where money gets involved in competitive pokemon battling. Nobody's getting paid, there's not really any sponsors, nothing along those lines (not necessarily even saying that they should, as I doubt any money is really made off of VGC tournaments by the Pokemon Company.) I suppose placing such emphasis on paying players in some way would call into question the legitimacy of something like college basketball, but of course that's faulty as it's sportlike in basically every other way (and though whether or not it's enough is controversial, players are undoubtedly still being compensated in some manner.) In short, the general lack of compensation/sponsors really makes something a hard sell when trying to consider it as an eSport.
I suppose a lot of the motivation behind this was simply an overreaction on my part, just getting annoyed with how frequently competitive Pokemon gets referred to as an eSport without a second thought by the VGC community. But words and especially terms made just for rather new things like eSports have specific meanings (insert original political joke here lololol,) anOhd using them without actually thinking about it can often lead to a shared distortion of reality going on in people's heads. Oh, and one last thing before I close this mess out-
Pokemon shouldn't try to become an eSport.
I'm not sure if Pokemon being more like an eSport would actually make it much more enjoyable for players, and certainly would remove the core, more philosophical ideas behind what Pokemon should be that still exist in its competitive scene. I think it's great that basically anybody can become good at playing competitive Pokemon, go do some VGC stuff, and not have to worry about putting in too much time and effort to train, finances, or anybody else being extremely invested in their failure or success. It's seems a lot more, you know... fun.
and on that note, I'm gonna close this out and go drink some doritos
please do share any commentsthoughtsideasetc.etc.etc.
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This is my first entry within in my blog, So I thought I would have some rules!
Rule #1: Look,Im only ten,i don't need people cursing in the comments, So please don't.
Rule #2: Please don't be rude to anyone in the comments.
Rule #3: YOU MUST LOVE MEMES (not really).
So that basically is all I have for my first entry!
So I wrote an edgy poem a couple months back and I wanna show you all how edgy it is.
also @Kibbeh co-wrote this with me, so creds to her
And without further ado here is the edgy poem
As I walk through the forest…
All by myself…
I feel an unpleasant breeze of darkness…
Something wraps itself around me…
Suffocating me as it speaks…
“Don’t worry” it says…
My skin starts to bleed as if I were ⚠ed by a rose…
Drops of crimson descend like petals, soaking the snow below me...
It’s grip on me tightens…
My sight becomes hazy as my mind fades away…
Soon, I feel my soul trickle out of me…
I lay there…
Shrouded in darkness...
Man a lot of crazy stuff happened at the park
So first I saw a total of three dead things (pigeon, fish?, and duck) and later my mom lost her car keys even tho she swears she put them in her purse and then couldn't find them, and so she sent me to get the spare keys from our house and drove home using those
Really weird how they just disappeared from her purse and her friend guarding it said no one went near it and her other friend who already went home said she didn't grab them
Something is off here
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Welcome to the very first installment of "Hydra Vs. The Community." In these types of blogs, I'll ask you guys for opinions on various Pokestadium-based ideas projects endeavors jamborees etc. The issue before us today, of course, is the next Pokestadium Communitylocke. For those among ye who have no idea what I'm talking about, the originals can be found here and here and here. Before starting a third one of these puppies, I think it's important that we attempt to improve some things (if the consensus is in fact that things need improving.) Here's a not at all quick list of bullet-points I'd love to get some thoughts on:
-The Points system in general, is it useful and fun, or pointless and distracting? It definitely shows I was big on having the points system and declaring a winner with the initial communitylocke. However, now, I'm not so sure of it- the main reason I'd want to bring them back for a third round is so it would be easier to tell what things should be logged in the trainer journal- we would probably still rack up totals when we get to the end, but I personally wouldn't plan on making a big deal out of the winner unless that's what you guys want.
-How about those Clauses? Should we even have them? Points or no points? For a long time now, I've regretted giving point bonuses for clauses. It was way too clunky to ever work well, with some being easier than others (and thus being basically mandatory for a shot at winning.) I wouldn't be against bringing the more basic ones back (set clause, no in-battle items clause, etc.) but using them should just be a way for more experienced nuzlockers to have a better time.
-Game availability? This one might not even seem like an actual problem at first, but if memory serves several members from the last two communitylockes couldn't participate simply because the games selected for nuzlocking weren't available to them, as they didn't own them/weren't familiar with emulators. Solutions to this are tricky- the only ones that come to mind are having experienced members help out those who aren't aware of emulation methods, or focusing on games that are more widely possessed among users (I guess DS or 3DS games?)
-Minimizing dropouts? With previous communitylockes, oftentimes a good majority of participants eventually end up dropping out around the second or third gym. Interestingly, this is around the same time most nuzlocke comics/blogs etc. tend to fizzle out- the reason for that typically being that the excitement involved stops being worth the amount of time and effort it takes. So, perhaps one way we could solve this is by simplifying how your progress is updated, which I'm definitely all for. But of course, hard to say whether or not this is even the main source of the problem, so whatever you guys think would be helpful.
-Awards and whatnot? Would you like to see awards given out at the end of the communitylocke for things like "Most Pokemon Evolved" and "Least Deaths," or even some sort of recognition given out on a weekly basis? Or do you think individual awards like this aren't helpful and detract from the main point of the communitylocke being a group effort?
-The Game lol? Oh, and of course, what game we're going to be playing is highly important as well. There's no poll on this blog for it though (and won't be one in the main topic) as those kind of polls are so easy to vote on they can often be influenced by people who ultimately don't even end up joining in, so please do leave your game preference in a comment on this blog (and ideally with reason why) for your voice to be counted. Basically any mainline games (besides Sun and Moon for countless evident reasons) can be used, so give it some thought.
Alrighty then, so please do give your opinion on any of the matters presented above, and of course ideally some suggestions as well- most of this post is just attempting to improve old things, but ideas/questions for new ones are enthusiastically welcomed as well o3o
"My head..." Miva rubbed the back of her head with her barely being able to move. She tried to open her eyes with being able to faintly see. Her eyes began to adjust and saw the massive monster that had attacked her before, struggling and trying to lift itself off the ground with its arms scrambling and tearing at the ground leaving scratches against the stone floor. Miva looked at the beast's struggle and looked to see it's legs were in shambles, one being nearly gone. The golem struggled as it beckoned in pain. Miva held close the hammer that the other being used and struggled to pull herself up. She herself was sore from the fall and was shocked how she even survived. She slowly limped across the room and heard the roar of the golem. She looked toward it to be hit by it's massive stone arm. Miva slid across the room and growled as she had felt her body has been mashed. She looked at the monster that raised it's arm to smash her down before Miva raised the hammer and closed her eyes in fear. No arm came upon her and she looked up to see the beast staring at her, waiting and watching. Miva looked up and down the fallen giant and smirked.
"Hmph, not so tough are you big buddy, well see you around boulder head." She began tracking through the ruins, looking to see odd deposits of stone. A thought then swept across her mind, she had left that massive sentinel, and she had the exact thing that could manipulate it, is that not what she came here to do? Capture the sentinel. She pondered about this as she studied these strange rock deposits. She noticed that it looked to be same material the Sentinel back there was made of. Miva looked at the hammer in her hand and felt something in her and she swung down on the stone and getting some pieces for herself. She collected the shards of stone and put them away. The continued roaring of the golem echoed through the halls of the ruins. Miva came back to where the golem lied and was annoyed by it.
"Shut up! What do you want me to do!?" Miva said yelled at the golem and noticed the hammer was vibrating. She raised it up and something magical happened with splitting open and a strange screen appeared showed the golem with a red symbol near it's right leg. The leg that was shattered in the fall. She was confused but out of sheer risk she pressed the red symbol. Something tugged from within her satchel, the shard she collected flew from her bag and toward the golem. They started to expand and grown and built for the golem. The shards grew and crafted themselves into a brand new leg for the giant. The golem observed and once the magical moment was over, the golem shook its leg. It looked around and pushed itself up, slowly lifting itself off the ground. The golem looked over itself and slowly took a step to test its legs. The fierce being slowly began its trot and looked to Miva, as if it was waiting orders.
"Alright... I suppose you will be the one I will take with me. But... i got to name you... Giga. That works." Giga looked and responded to the name with a low hum. Miva shook her head and pointed the hammer to incite Giga to go forward. He began his march forward and Miva lead.
So begins the two's trek though the god forsaken ruins of the Sentinels
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1. Has an aesthetically unappealing discord username
2. Triggers children on roblox
3. Threatens users
4. Never stops eating
5. Thinks he's a pessimist but is a fairly happy-go-lucky idiot who feeds on nonsense
6. Has acid reflex
7. Uses custom discord themes
8. Stays in his house all day (to be fair it's cold and there's snow everywhere)
9. Had a really long stupid ps username name before shortening it
10. Asks really strange questions
11. Is probably a weeb
12. Lowkey enjoys the weird conversations in ps discord chat
13. Didn't lie about their age on ps and instead left for a year
14. Loves chocolate
15. Doesn't celebrate any holidays
16. Has a name that isn't even a name, it's a noun, but a really weird one
17. Doesn't have a 3ds
18. Is annoying
19. Doesn't have a phone
20. Has hairy legs (don't click the spoiler if you don't wanna see it)Spoiler
21. Is making a call out post instead of doing chores
22. Posted his leg on the internet.
Now I'll be tagging my wonderful best friend @Hydralicious for this call out fun!
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1. has been banned like 8 times
2. provides no useful discussion topics
3. he is a priest but he gambles
4. he pretends to be 7, but he is actually 59 years old
5. stole scratchy and petey's name
6. he has about 15 accounts
7. he wants to EAT me
8. he is rude.
9. he is not banned. mods. please ban.
10. his community reputation lies about his personality
in conclusion, i made this before primal could
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1. Not a furry (which you really should at least try to be, in these modern days and times)
2. Stole sprites in 2011 because he was kind of a dim kid and didn't know what MS paint was or how to access it- sometimes not even actually pokemon sprites, both Ice wolf from mother 3 and the Black mage from final fantasy were submitted as Pokecreations (ah, the days before an approval system)
3. Has not yet banned sciz for himself, what is essentially the only way any PS staff member can prove their worth
4. Probably stole username from @Hydralicious, a member who is hard at work bettering the site via snarky comments and callout posts for dark forces and doesn't need this unnecessary confusion
5. Embraces the kind of negative stereotypes that have kept the US a third-world country for centuries
6. Sometimes he uses colors just because he remembers he can
7. Failed to make a Hanukkah, Kwanza, Winter solstice or Cotton candy day friendly version of the PS advent calendar, revealing that he doesn't think you're worth jack if you're not of the same creed as him
8. Took him way more tries than it should have to remember how to spell Hanukkah- also uses "Der-Hydras" as his Showdown username. Coincidental? Up to you.
9. has two brothers ( @Master Snivy and @Contract_Crawdad) who somehow have even more crude senses of humor and are probably just puppets here so he can funnel coins to his offshore bank account on Alola or something
10. Never really got into Splatoon despite owning the game
11. Along with Pepsi man was the only user to be made into a non-forum member by Johan for some (likely justified) reason, and was probably only unbanned form the forums due to him temporarily shutting down the site lol
12. He takes great joy in writing paragraphs upon paragraphs about competitive Pokemon, editing and updating FAQs/guides, reading posts by sciz and other things no human-hearted person should enjoy
13. has been known to be slightly less inhibited and self-controlled on other communication platforms
14. Has a comic that requires the artistic skill of a 5-year old and yet seldom adds new installment, leaving @Yunn Goos to starve of humor in the streets like an animal
15. Is creating a silly pointless callout post for himself rather than doing his job and working on containing developing crapstorms on the site
in conclusion this was pointless but fun, I tag
person who's original username I can't recall@Primal for the next one
Callout post for @Sonic20
2. steals art
4. wants to assault people
5. Threatened a member because he wanted to steal their profile
6. Hates pokemon and thinks it’s broken
8. Curses and attempts to summon Satan on what is supposed to be a family-friendly, Christian site
10. Is homophobic
11. Likes Sonic slash fics
12. Hates nintendo
14. Threated me on multiple occasions when I demanded that he not steal art anymore
15. Is an ART THIEF
16. Has an alt-account called Petey Piranha
In conclusion we need to ban this monstrous art thief #BANSONIC
Hey Pokestadium! It's
ya boiekevinn, one of the admins, here for a long awaited blog!!! Yes, it has almost been a year since I've lasted posted a blog on Pokestadium, and after an on-and-off hiatus throughout 2016, I'm glad to say that from now on I'll be trying to post more and work hard on Pokestadium as much as possible. Anyways, now onto the actual blog! For those of you who were active throughout the year of 2015, you might remember these Q&A segments that I used to post on my blog, and I've decided to bring them back, as I was looking over my profile recently, I viewed my old blog entries and remembered how much fun I had with this series. Interacting with members through Q&A segments has always been a joy for me, and I love learning more about you guys as well as telling you all about myself.
Some of you might have noticed the addition of ribbons over your profile picture when posting. Do not fret however, as I am just testing out the Ranking System that this board offers and this is not permanent, but if you guys would prefer for the feature to stay/be expanded upon then I'd be more than happy to keep it around. For those who do not know, the ribbon that appears above your profile is determined by the amount of posts you have. Below is a list of the ribbons you can possibly obtain:
- Beginner - 100 posts
- Trainer - 250 Posts
- Ace Trainer - 500 Posts
- Veteran - 750 Posts
- Elite - 1000 Posts
- Champion - 2000 Posts
- Master - 5000+ Posts
I'd like to receive any comments, thoughts, and suggestions you guys may have on the ribbon system. Should certain ribbon holders be allowed to participate in certain events/posses benefits? Should there be more ribbon tiers added? Should the system be removed completely? Be sure to let me know. Depending on the input I get from you guys, I'll keep/remove the system in about a week from now.
I understand that many new amazing members have joined since my hiatus, I've talked to some of you
and stalked your profile pages,and you all seem like great members. So to the newer members of Pokestadium/the ones who aren't acquainted with me too well, I'd like to say thank you for your constant support and participation on the forums. It really makes me happy to know that we still have members joining and interacting around Pokestadium. It reminds me of when I first joined myself.
Speaking of when I first joined, things really have changed since then! Members have come and go, the type of content and humour is now different, and the forum looks completely different than what it looked like around 4 years ago. Do you want to know what Pokestadium was like back then? Well, this is what this blog is for! For my Q&A Blogs, I'll usually have a general topic for members to ask me questions on; so for instance, I've done Q&A's on myself, events on the site, and a forum update that we did around a year ago. For this entry's topic, I'll have it set on the following things:
- Anything about me: ex.Favourite flavour of icecream? Favorite music genre?
- Ribbon System: ex.Can there be a _____ ribbon?
- Pokestadium's past: ex.What was the forum like 4 years ago? What kind of member was I? Who did I look up to?
- Thoughts on Pokestadium: ex.How do you feel about Pokestadiums's current state? Do you agree with my opinion on _________?
I'm really looking forward to answering as much as questions as I can, as well as getting to know some of you guys better.
For anyone who has any detailed questions, suggestions, is seeking advice, or just wants someone to talk to/get to know better, please feel free to PM me.
I hope everything is doing well with you guys, and I hope you all have a wonderful day at Pokestadium.
Now, ask away!
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Sonic Advance (GBA)
Sonic Advance is everything Sonic the Hedgehog 4 should have been. High-paced yet precise sidescrolling. Physics that rival the original trilogy. Characters that provide new levels of fun. It's tragic that the Advance series as a whole has fallen into obscurity.
The story is very much standard for the old-school 2D Sonic games. Eggman has captured a bunch of animals, and has decided to take over the world. Why? For plot convenience, of course. It's not the most interesting story, but
it's a Sonic game, and gameplay takes priority.
The gameplay is almost as if it was ripped from the Genesis games themselves. The physics are pretty much perfect, and the level design is, for the most part, enjoyable. There are a few levels where trial and error are involved, but this is true of all 2D Sonic games. After playing it through once or twice, you'll know where to control your speed, and you will do absolutely fine.
The game features four playable characters; Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and most interestingly, Amy. All play in a unique way, offering different paths and speeds. Sometimes these differences will benefit you, and at other times, you'll wish you picked another character. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles play as they did on the original Genesis games, albeit with a few extra moves, such as Tails' (useless) tail swipe, and Knuckles' (useless) punches. This game introduces Amy as a playable character for the first time in a 2D Sonic game. Amy is most certainly the most enjoyable character to play as- She offers a whole new level of depth to the game, requiring you to master your timing, as she lacks the ability to curl up. Instead, she can use her hammer to attack, which is actually advantageous in many situations. For example, she can jump higher using a special move, and has a longer range than Sonic's insta-shield. She can even defeat certain bosses easier than the other three, as her range far exceeds the others. It is a common complaint that Amy is "not fun" and "too hard", but to that, I say, unironically: Get good. These characters introduce a large amount of replay value, as well as fun, new ways to play.
However, there is of course, a catch, as is tradition for Sonic games. The special stages are absolutely horrendous. They're slightly reminiscent of Sonic 2, which is fine in itself, but it involves a 3D plane, which really doesn't work well on the Gameboy Advance. It's incredibly difficult to determine where to place yourself, and as a result, makes collecting Chaos Emeralds tedious and frustrating. Fortunately, they're not necessary to enjoy the bulk of the game.
The graphics are truly some of the best GBA games have to offer. Most of the environments are vivid, and the character animations are incredibly detailed. Sonic Team did an amazing job of the spriting. Even idle animations
capture my attention, giving the characters a huge amount of personality.
The sound of this game is, as always, very memorable. Sonic games almost never get this wrong. However, whilst the tracks are memorable and the sound effects are great, it definitely suffers due to the limitations of the GBA sound card. This doesn't stop them from being catchy and appealing, though.
Overall, Sonic Advance is a brilliant game, and most certainly the best out of the trilogy. It keeps speed to a good pace, but isn't too fast, and also has 4 unique ways of playing. It's not without flaws, but it's still an extremely solid experience. I definitely enjoy them more than the Genesis games, myself. I'd give Sonic Advance a 9/10.
(please tell me how you think this is, i've literally never written a review before and i'd appreciate feedback on the quality of the writing- I'd also be happy to discuss the game with you, if you'd like)
"You want me to do what?" Nat said with shock in her tone
"If we want to get the power back on, you need to wear me." Snaggletooth said with a nice calm soothing attitude voice.
"Okay, first this sounds so disturbing, second, I AM NOT DOING THIS!"
"If you don't... You most likely die trying to get to the generator. But with me on as a disguise, you could sneak past anyone who sees you. I don't mind it, it was how I was designed."
"LOOK SNAGGLETOOTH! I AM NOT GETTING INSIDE OF YOU!"
A loud sound of metal being scraped across a wall and a mechanical low growl.
"Open up." Nat said quickly and desperately. Snaggletooth stood still for a second and pulled his own eyes out of his head and rolled them around in his hand for a second before putting them back on the table he was sitting on. He shifted and let all the steel plates of his body open up with the sound of the metal splitting away from each other. The face plates split open and exposing a hallow skull lined with wires and copper parts. Nattily looked into it with fear and turned around, stepping into the suit and letting her body go limp inside the steel shell. Nattily opened her eyes looking at the face plates surrounding her face. She started to breath heavily but noticed that the suit itself was vacuum sealed around her. She couldn't breath, causing her to panic and disregard the need to conserve air in her lungs. Suddenly the face plates pulled apart and let in the musky air of this dark and dank underground tunnels, but it was air!
"You can't breath inside of me for too long. I will open up the face plates when needed, but opening it up when one of them is near... Will cause them to kill you. But staying up will make them suspicious. They might look over the suit if you don't play dead. We must find the power start up switch, this will turn the power and overclock devices on." Snaggletooth explained to his user. Nattily was fearful of this who situation but proceeded on through the tunnels, looking onward into the darkness trying to find a switch. Occasionally stopping to get a breath of oxygen
"You know, this is the first time in along time since I have been used this way. I have been at other places before. I was moved around, sometimes I would have my suit and sometimes not. Sometimes they would put a different suit on me, and sometimes it was my original. I remember when I was first made, it was a big factory, with four others around me. I was the final prototype, I was suppose to be the perfect model, till someone used me. Then they made me shut down, till I was woken up by someone. He was forced into me... He was forced by people I knew. I could tell they wanted him out of their way. They pulled off my locking release... Now he is part of me. He was found, but he was never removed, he is still in here. Then, she came. She was killed by them as well, she was trying to find him. But she could not. Now she is somewhere, but she wasn't found, she is still there. She wants to help you as well." Snaggletooth monologued as the went along. Suddenly clanking came from down the hall and appeared to be a white faced clown. The clown had glowing white pupils in pitch black eye sockets looking around with it's white gloved hands in front of them. Wack then laughed out a line.
"Come on out birthday girl, we have a big surprise for you! You get to meet Jax!" Nattily looked in horror but then played dead. She slumped against a wall trying to make herself look like a simple endoskeleton. She cut her breath as Wack the clown stepped past Nattily. She tried to stand up but then heard as Wack turned around. He felt against the wall trying to look for the 'birthday girl'. But Nattily noticed something... It can't see, considering it lacked any functioning eyes. Wack felt against the wall right above Nattily. Nat looked over the robot clown trying to hold her breath. Then.. her concentration broke and forced the face plates open with the sound of metal splitting and clashing. Wack looked down at Nattily hearing the sound, and keeled down. Wack stared blankly with a cheerful expression. Suddenly a voice came over the intercom.
"WHERE IS SHE?" Yelled an aggressive Occulin. Wack raised his head and walked toward the sound giving Nattily the chance to move quickly away. She moved as silently as she could trying to avoid the clown. Nattily finally escaped from the ear shot of the sinister clown. Nattily walked through the halls once more, looking and looking for the switch. She then heard her guardian angel's voice
"We are here, directly in front of you is manual power reset lever, quickly flip it on and we have to get out of here. Belladonna and Occulin are getting angry." Snaggletooth said with little too no emotion. Nattily grabbed a hold of the lever and pulled it down. The sound of a loud siren and lights flashing on. Nattily looked around with hope but then noticed a window to the right of her. Nattily peered through it, trying to see whatever is inside. Nattily looked close seeing an entirely different room, a place that looked to have been once another restaurant. She could faintly see what looked to be someone walking around in it, a woman to be exact. Nattily smacked the window yelling
"Hey! What are you doing there!? Who are you?". The figure looked at the window with her body still darkness, as it stared with sweet blue eyes. The figure looked closely at the window and made it's way toward it. Suddenly Nattily's suit lurched away from the window, giving Nat a sense of confusion. The suit took a hold of itself and was heading toward the exit. They came to the entrance of this subterranean lair and Snaggletooth opened up and Nattily fell out. Nattily fell to the ground breathing heavily and gasped.
"What the hell is wrong with you? I was trying to help that..."
"That was no person... That was Jax... She saw you. She knows you are here. Listen, if you wish to continue your time here, I ask you for aide. I want your help, to keep us safe from her. You see Jax came her from her old location, somewhere called Circus Baby's pizza world. She was hidden in the back all the time for she was unfinished. Her maker abandoned her, left her to decay and rot. She did something to cause it, however. She was on stage before, but then she did something and she was put away. She did something wrong, something she was not suppose to do. She killed an adult, one who was watching her. Jax was filled with fear, hatred, and a desire to kill. She wanted revenge, but she was not like the others. She didn't have a soul, she was just built to kill and hunt who left her away. Jax wants to get out, but to do so she wants a new body, but she wants the perfect one. Occulin and Belladonna are working for Jax and forcing the others to work for them. We want her to stop before she takes us apart and use us as a body. We want you to stop her, but keep listening to the two, I will help you stop her soon." Snaggletooth explained.
Nattily sighed and left, with the sound of a clock ringing 6:00 A.M. Nattily headed home and sat on her bed within the big mansion that her grandparents owned, one of the advantages of having rich grandparents huh. She grabbed her remote and flicked through channels on the TV. She noticed the old show the Immortal and the Restless, the old vampire soap opera. She thought this show was so cheezy and flicked onto Professor How. She lied in bed thinking about what Snaggletooth said.... What if Jax did want to kill her and steal her body. This is going to be a long week.
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Seriously, all you people are Pumpkin Murderers. Then again, I've carved Jack O' Lanterns myself, so I'm no better. Oh well, our fantastic 'Ace Philosopher' tagged me, so here's my answers.1: What is your favorite thing about Halloween? Getting to invite friends over to go Trick or Treating2: Do you believe in ghosts? No3: Have you ever seen a ghost? No (I somehow think this would influence the last question's answer heavily4: When was the last time you went trick or treating? Last year5: Have you ever carved a pumpkin? Yee6: What is the last thing you dressed up as for Halloween? A Devil7: Do you like horror movies? If so, what is your favourite? Yeah, but not if they're too gory. I did like the Critters series though8: Favorite ghost type Pokemon? I'm not sure. Gengar would be the easy pick, but I'm probably gonna say Chandelure, just because I like both the concept and the typing9: What's your favorite Halloween-themed movie? I haven't really seen any10: What's your favorite Halloween song? I haven't heard any, as far as I know11: What is your favorite type of candy? Hard to pick. But I like sour things, like Lemon Sherbet12: What are your phobias? Don't have any13: Would you rather be a witch or a ghost? Ghost14: Name one thing that always creeps you out. Gory details15: Do you have any plans for this Halloween? Not yet16: What's your favorite scary story/book? Don't really have one, as with movies and songs I haven't read any.18: When is the last time you were really scared? Yesterday. Jumpscares always catch me out, so watching Markiplier play Sister Location, yeah... I'll let you get the rest.19: How do you celebrate for Halloween? Depends if I organise something with friends. Last time we trick or treated, then played Dawn of War Soulstorm and Cards Against Humanity20: What is the first thing you dressed up as for Halloween? idek21: How excited are you for Halloween? Quite. It's a fun time of the year22: If you could transform into animal, what would you transform into? A Bear23: If you were a witch, what animal would you have as a companion? Probably an Owl. Dey cool
24: Do you believe in magic? Nah
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Tagged by @Gir and @Hydralicious, but I've never celebrated Halloween so these answers will be pretty dull
What is your favorite thing about Halloween? -
Do you believe in ghosts? Nah
Have you ever seen a ghost? No
When was the last time you went trick or treating? Never
Have you ever carved a pumpkin? Negative
What is the last thing you dressed up as for Halloween? nothing (this is starting to get a little depressing)
Do you like horror movies? If so, what is your favorite? I don't really watch them, I'm not really good with gore or any of the sort and I don't get how people can find enjoyment out of it
Favorite ghost type Pokemon? jellicent !!
What's your favorite Halloween-themed movie? No idea honestly
What is your favorite type of candy? Strawberry creams <3
What are your phobias? Too embrassaring //
Would you rather be a witch or a ghost? Probably a which tbh
Name one thing that always creeps you out. Noises at night
Do you have any plans for this Halloween? Nope. Homework maybe.
What's your favorite scary story/book? Honestly, I'm not all too sure.
Do you decorate for Halloween? Nah.
When is the last time you were really scared? I get scared a lot, honestly.
How do you celebrate for Halloween? Nothing?
What is the first thing you dressed up as for Halloween? Nothing, haha
How excited are you for Halloween? On a scale of 1-10, 1
If you could transform into animal, what would you transform into? Birb. Maybe a swan or a brown eagle.
If you were a witch, what animal would you have as a companion? Probably a classic cat, or maybe a snake.
Do you believe in magic? Not really.
sorry this was so dull, haha.
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1: What is your favorite thing about Halloween? EVERYTHING SPOOPY!
2: Do you believe in ghosts? Yep... I guess
3: Have you ever seen a ghost? Maybe... the sock theif ghost
4: When was the last time you went trick or treating? Last year... Sort off
5: Have you ever carved a pumpkin? YES! I NAMED IT STEVE
6: What is the last thing you dressed up as for Halloween? Nightmare Fredbear
7: Do you like horror movies? If so, what is your favourite? YES SIR! That title goes to the blair witch project!
8: Favorite ghost type Pokemon? Mimichyu dude... It just wants to be loved
9: What's your favorite Halloween-themed movie? Everyone has said it already... NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMANS
10: What's your favorite Halloween song? This is Halloween
11: What is your favorite type of candy? Suckers
12: What are your phobias? Auntomophobia
13: Would you rather be a witch or a ghost? Ghost... So I can haunt people's bathrooms...
14: Name one thing that always creeps you out. Dolls, clowns, and clown dolls.
15: Do you have any plans for this Halloween? Dress up... and scare people
16: What's your favorite scary story/book? All the King horror
18: When is the last time you were really scared? Like... yesterday
19: How do you celebrate for Halloween? Dress up... And scare people... I'm not original
20: What is the first thing you dressed up as for Halloween? Like a dinosaur or something
21: How excited are you for Halloween? THIS MUCH! You can't see my arms but they are outstretched
22: If you could transform into animal, what would you transform into? Most likely a Snake or something...
23: If you were a witch, what animal would you have as a companion? Warlock... Most likely like a bat.
24: Do you believe in magic?RAVENCLAW FOR LIFE BOY! But yeah magic would be cool. Science has yet to explain a lot of things so why not?
1: What is your favorite thing about Halloween? buying sweets to pretend i did something for once2: Do you believe in ghosts? no3: Have you ever seen a ghost? no4: When was the last time you went trick or treating? 3 years ago5: Have you ever carved a pumpkin? no6: What is the last thing you dressed up as for Halloween? superman7: Do you like horror movies? If so, what is your favourite? no8: Favorite ghost type Pokemon? dusknoir9: What's your favorite Halloween-themed movie? none really10: What's your favorite Halloween song? spooky scary skeletons if that counts11: What is your favorite type of candy? starmix12: What are your phobias? frogs13: Would you rather be a witch or a ghost? ghost14: Name one thing that always creeps you out. frogs15: Do you have any plans for this Halloween? no16: What's your favorite scary story/book? none18: When is the last time you were really scared? yesterday probs19: How do you celebrate for Halloween? by staying in and playing overwatch when the Halloween update comes out20: What is the first thing you dressed up as for Halloween? a skeleton21: How excited are you for Halloween? not very22: If you could transform into animal, what would you transform into? a lion or something23: If you were a witch, what animal would you have as a companion? a lion or something
24: Do you believe in magic? no
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Ahh these are cool! I love tags because I love talking about myself. Thanks @Yashu for tagging me lols.
1: What is your favorite thing about Halloween? The overall mood and atmosphere. October in general is a great month, everything is slowly getting colder here and everything looks and smells so nice. I also like how Halloween is always just a thing that PS does, you know? It's sad that Halloween isn't really a big thing here where I live, so it's great to see PS really go along with the Halloween mood.
2: Do you believe in ghosts? Nope, I used to though, and I was always scared that they'd go and eat my face at night or something. But one day I just stopped believe in them somehow and I wasn't scared anymore either.
3: Have you ever seen a ghost? No, otherwise I'd believe in them haha.
4: When was the last time you went trick or treating? Ooh uhh when I was 9 or so? That was the only time too and me and my friends were practically the only ones who did in town. A lot of people didn't have candy at home anyway. ;p
5: Have you ever carved a pumpkin? Nope, I'd love to try it though.
6: What is the last thing you dressed up as for Halloween? Nothing.
7: Do you like horror movies? If so, what is your favourite? I love horror movies. A lot. I don't really have a favourite but one I enjoyed a lot was The Orphan. Would You Rather and Hide And Seek were both great too though. ^^
8: Favorite ghost type Pokemon? Uhhhhh no idea honestly. I'd say Dusknoir is pretty rad though.
9: What's your favorite Halloween-themed movie? I don't think I've ever watched one of those whoops. o3o
10: What's your favorite Halloween song? Read 9 lols.
11: What is your favorite type of candy? Anything containing chocolate probably.
12: What are your phobias? I don't really have any, except maybe some arachnophobia (fear of spiders). They really creep me out but I think in a battle of life and death I'd probably win. Unless it's one of the nasty jumping venomous ones.
13: Would you rather be a witch or a ghost? Tough one, being a ghost seems really cool. I'd just go around and scaring people and things like that. But witches get potion-making skills and magic, which is also pretty rad. Know what, I'll go for being the ghost of a dead witch.
14: Name one thing that always creeps you out. Spiders lol. Other bugs too.
15: Do you have any plans for this Halloween? Not really, except spooking around on PS.
16: What's your favorite scary story/book? I'm not a big fan of horror books, because you gotta be really really good to make a good book, since you're unable to get away with just a bunch of jumpscares. So nope, wouldn't know.
17: Do you decorate for Halloween? Nope.
18: When is the last time you were really scared? Two days ago when watching a playthrough of Sister Location hahaha. The jumpscares got to me unfortunately. Good thing I easily like got out of that state again haha.
19: How do you celebrate for Halloween? Spooking around on PS. ;P
20: What is the first thing you dressed up as for Halloween? Nothing, again.
21: How excited are you for Halloween? Eh, could be better if it was a bigger thing here. But I'm fairly excited, it's my second favourite holiday. o3o
22: If you could transform into animal, what would you transform into? Ooh probably a bird. A big predator one like a buzzard or an owl.
23: If you were a witch, what animal would you have as a companion? Having a big bird myself would be pretty cool actually.
24: Do you believe in magic? I mean of course, everyone's at least seen Harry Potter right? How do you explain all that? They were all using magic!
It's been a while since we had another tag, so I thought I'd make one to get into the Spookathon and Halloween spirit! The rules are simple, just copy and paste the questions listed below in a blog post and answer them with your own answers. In the end, tag an unspecified number of people and look out for their answers! Keep in mind that you do not have to be tagged if you want to post your set of answers.
1: What is your favorite thing about Halloween? Probably the candy
2: Do you believe in ghosts? Not sure about this one
3: Have you ever seen a ghost? Nope
4: When was the last time you went trick or treating? I think five years ago?
5: Have you ever carved a pumpkin? Though I failed horribly, yes.
6: What is the last thing you dressed up as for Halloween? I believe I was demigod from Percy Jackson.
7: Do you like horror movies? If so, what is your favorite? I haven't seen any horror movies, but I love the TV show, Scream Queens.
8: Favorite ghost type Pokemon? Mimikyu, for sure.
9: What's your favorite Halloween-themed movie? I haven't really watched that many Halloween movies, but I think I watched the Charlie Brown Halloween special.
10: What's your favorite Halloween song? THIS IS A MONSTER JAm
11: What is your favorite type of candy? If we're going for Halloween candy, the small Hershey's bars.
12: What are your phobias? I really dislike large fish. Not sure why, but they make me terrified.
13: Would you rather be a witch or a ghost? A witch; I would like to be alive please.
14: Name one thing that always creeps you out. Serial killers I guess?
15: Do you have any plans for this Halloween? I'm one of the hosts of this year's Spookathon, so I guess my plans are planning some contests and jazz.
16: What's your favorite scary story/book? Would Harry Potter count?
17: Do you decorate for Halloween? Unfortunately, no. However, if I ever got a chance to, I would love to.
18: When is the last time you were really scared? THERE WAS A HUGE ⚠ROACH LAST WEEK AAAAh
19: How do you celebrate for Halloween? I eat candy.
20: What is the first thing you dressed up as for Halloween? Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.
21: How excited are you for Halloween? 8/10
22: If you could transform into animal, what would you transform into? A CAT
23: If you were a witch, what animal would you have as a companion? A CAT
24: Do you believe in magic? indeed. How can you explain Ash not aging? Magic.
I apologize for my boring answers, but hopefully yours will be better!
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