Cyberphile

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Pokemon Trading Card Game – (BGE) — July 25, 2016

Pokemon Trading Card Game – (BGE)

My Pokemon Trading Card Game review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read the full review from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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I remember when I was child, my stepfather at the time (who was not a great man) took me out to the store and told me I could have any Game Boy Game I wanted. Shocked by the sudden kindness in his heart (or so I thought), I grabbed the newest Pokemon game, this one. I later learned that he only got me a new game to keep my quiet about the new hunting rifle he bought directly after, but as a kid, I didn’t even notice because I was building decks and dueling with virtual Pokemon cards. I remember it even came with a limited edition Meowth card, one that you could only get in the game itself. It was holographic and the game was so good, I couldn’t even tell you what happened the rest of the day. At any rate, with Pokemon GO reigniting my love for Pokemon, I downloaded this bad boy from the 3DS Virtual Console. Having not played it in a good number of years, I was excited to get back into it. And I remembered (almost) instantly how great the game is. I beat it in a single day, about 8 or so hours.

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What’cha Doin’ 7/22/16 – Pokemon TGC and Junji Ito — July 22, 2016

What’cha Doin’ 7/22/16 – Pokemon TGC and Junji Ito

I put some real time into the Pokemon Trading Card Game on Game Boy Color yesterday. In fact, I downloaded it as a 3DS Virtual Console game and I already have all 8 medals. I just need to do the final few battles and I think it’s complete. That means on Monday you can probably expect a review of it of some sort. I’m running mainly a fire-based deck revolving around my favorite Pokemon, Ninetales. I dont want to say too much about the game because, again, the review is coming very soon. Stay tuned!

I also watched another episode of Kokoro Connect, and I found a really nice hardcover version of Junji Ito’s Gyo. Junji Ito is a manga writer/artist who mainly writes horror, mostly in the style of creepy gross out stuff. I’m a big fan of Junji Ito, so I always grab any physical manga of his that I see. He draws in a very realistic style, and there is a TON of detail in nearly every panel. The stories themselves can be hit or miss, but he usually leaves a number of holes in his story for the reader to wonder about. What’s nice about his collections in manga is that they usually squeeze one or two of his short stories in there too. My personal favorite, the Enigma of Amigara Fault, is in the Gyo collection, which I was very happy about. If you like horror and manga, you need to check out Junji Ito.

Finally, I also made a MyAnimeList page. It lets you sort and rate your anime and manga. The ratings may be off because I was just sort of going from memory, but here’s a link to my profile.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/18/16 — July 18, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/18/16

It was a pretty busy weekend for me, so unfortunately, I didn’t get to play too much. I continued my adventure in Pokemon Blue, and also started working on the Pokemon Trading Card Game for Game Boy. You might be able to expect a review for it somewhat soon. I’ve been having some medical issues on top of working a lot, so allow me to apologize for not being able to play too many games and put too much into the site right now.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/14/16 – More PoGO — July 14, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/14/16 – More PoGO

Can’t stop playing Pokemon GO. It’s just so fun to go pal around with a few friends to some hopping spots and catch everything you see. Not much to say about it today, check my last two posts. We almost got a Blastoise, but we arrived just a bit too late. I did hatch two 10km eggs last night for a Jynx and an Aerodactyl though. That’s pretty sweet.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/13/16 – Pokemon GO: Lures and Crowds — July 13, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/13/16 – Pokemon GO: Lures and Crowds

Last night I hung out with a few friends to drive around and find some good places to find Pokemon in GO. And boy, did we ever hit the jackpot. First, we merely roamed around a bit, checking areas that I didn’t have access to back home. Then, we headed to a public park near his home which had a nice triple lure going on when we got there. There were a TON of people there, easily an upwards of 50 trainers or more. Some hanging out in groups, some flying solo, everybody just catching Pokemon. After dinner, we swung by another location with a triple lure (and many many trainers, including an EMT) and ran into a bunch of Pokemon that hardly ever appear by where I am, mostly water types. I bumped my Pokedex from 44 to 62 in a day alone. I’m also up to trainer level 15 thanks to that. Probably the best moment of the night was when someone shouted from another nearby lure, “There’s a Dratini over here!” and everyone ran over to the spot to grab it. It was really really cool. I can’t wait to get out there again and catch some more Pokemon.

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What’cha Playin’? 7/12/16 – Pokemon Blue — July 12, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/12/16 – Pokemon Blue

With Pokemon GO out, I have a renewed interest in Pokemon, so I fired up the GameCube Game Boy Player, and popped in my Pokemon Blue Version. It’s time to get back on the Pokemon horse, so to speak, and with GO revitalizing the Pokemon scene (not that it ever really need revitalizing) it makes me want to go back to basics. So I started with my Bulbasaur (like always) and got myself to Viridian Forest. Current party is Weedle, Caterpie, Pikachu, and Bulbasaur. Also played some Super Monkey Ball with the girlfriend, and of course, I pop into my Animal Crossing town daily to see what’s up. I was unlucky enough to have all of my weeds for the day spawn into the same acre, so I need to start my 15-day perfect streak from start. Either that, or I missed a weed or two yesterday… Whoops!

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What’cha Playin’? 7/11/16 – Pokemon GO Outside — July 11, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/11/16 – Pokemon GO Outside

The amount of people in my neighborhood playing Pokemon GO is staggering. Yesterday I went out in search of Pokemon towards a more populated area following lures and running into well over 50 people playing Pokemon of all ages, colors, genders, and walks of life, surely. I’m pretty happy with my progress so far; I’m level 11 and my best Pokemon is a 984 CP Vaporeon. My Pokedex has 42 captured so far, so I’m happy with what I’ve got, though I still don’t have my favorite, Ninetales. Soon enough, I suppose! Anyway, let me tell you about my interactions with other Pokemon Trainers yesterday.

  • At the Home Depot I ran into a kid and his mother catching Pokemon while the father and I waited to have spare keys made. We compared Pokemon briefly, then wished each other luck on their journey. After my key was made, a wild Pidgeotto popped up so I paused to catch it when another guy aged maybe 16-22 (I’m terrible with guessing ages) asked if I was playing Pokemon GO. I said yeah, and he said everyone was talking about it. I told him to check it out before continuing my journey.
  • After hitting level 8 yesterday, I got my first lure, which allows you to place one at any real-world Pokestop, where one can stop for items. For 30 minutes, the map shows a lure at that location, and Pokemon will repeatedly spawn at that location. I tested it out at my local park, and I had a group of 4 16-22 year olds who swung by to grab whatever pops up. Multiple cars pulled into the parking lot nearby as well. At one point a large black jeep moved slowly towards me, rolled down their window to see a burly tattooed guy and his wife/girlfriend. He asked if I was playing Pokemon and asked for tips on how to battle at gyms. I taught him and he thanked me and went on his way, saying they had been swinging by Pokestops all day. After my lure was nearly over, one of the white SUVs drove away, but not before he put his window down and yelled “Thanks for the Pokemon, man!” I gave him a thumbs up and a “Go Team Mystic!”
  • After a dinner interlude, I went back out to hunt some lures (and a wild Squirtle, score!) and ran into a girl I work with, her boyfriend, and their new born baby. He had dropped a lure down, so we hung out for a cool 20 minutes or so, and when their lure (and cellphone battery) was up, I went to the lure nearby and ran into a few Trainers with whom I shared little more than a “hey”.
  • While heading to another Pokestop to drop another lure, I ran into an older couple walking their dogs. “Are you catching Pokemon too?” they inquired as I walked by. “Yeah,” I said, “Catching them as we speak!” They chucked and told me there were a bunch of Pokemon at the school, from what they knew. I wished them well and headed in that direction.
  • When I arrived, I was walking behind another Trainer, so I let him know I was going to use a lure. We hung out for a bit as more people slowly started to swing by, as well as cars parking nearby. I ran into an old high school friend (and middle school sweetheart) catching Pokemon and we talked a bit about our lives since high school and about our Pokemon collection, sharing information, memes, and nearby areas to lookout for. More and more people joined to camp the lure (which someone else placed when mine expired) and before long we had nearly 20 people on this lure, everyone talking about how many people were playing Pokemon GO, and how both crazy and awesome it was. Phone batteries were dying, so we called it a night, and wished everyone well on their adventure.

Pokemon GO is starting a revolution of people helping each other and coming together and it’s amazing. I sincerely can’t wait to see what else this game can do for people and social communities. What are your Pokemon GO experiences? Share them in the comments!

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What’cha Playin’? 7/8/16 – Pokemon GO — July 8, 2016

What’cha Playin’? 7/8/16 – Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO is finally out in the states! Woo! If you’ve been living under a rock, Pokemon GO is a free to play app for your smartphone that uses your GPS location to find and catch Pokemon, as well as find items hidden in real world locations. As you catch more Pokemon, you get more experience to level up your trainer, allowing you to catch stronger Pokemon and eventually participate in gym battles. Unfortunately for me, you need to be at least level 5 to do that, and I’m only level 4, so I’ll have to wait a bit yet. Pokemon GO is made my the same folks who worked on Ingress, a similar Google GPS MMO sort of thing. It actually has kind of rekindled my love of Pokemon. The last one I played was Platinum, and now I want to try and play the newer ones, when before I had no real interest. I’ve caught a few Pokemon in GO, the only problem is that… It is wicked hot outside. I hate the heat… But that’s my problem, I guess.

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Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue (BGE) — February 26, 2016

Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue (BGE)

My Pokemon Blue/Red review for the Best Games Ever list is now live. You can read it from the Best Games Ever list, or by clicking here.

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Everyone knows Pokemon (but did you know it’s short for Pocket Monsters?). It doesn’t matter your age, gender, ethnicity, or even where you live. Pokemon transcends all of that. Pokemon, for me, and for many others, was a huge part of childhood. From my very first file on Pokemon Blue, to the card game, toys, action figures, TV show, clothing, bed sheets, plushies, and many many others, I ate slept and breathed Pokemon. Many kids did. I played every title inside and out until Pokemon Platinum, then, for some reason or another, I just kind of gave up on Pokemon. I began to dislike all the new things they were added, because, to me, it felt like they were losing the main point of Pokemon. Maybe it was because I was getting older, maybe it was because I had other games to play, maybe I just thought 493 was enough Pokemon. For whatever reason, I stopped. But you know what? I still play the titles up to Platinum, and honestly, I’ll probably catch up one of these days. But to me, the two originals are still the best. (Blue Version 4 life) I decided to save this review for today, because Pokemon turns 20 tomorrow, 2/27/16.