Evolving with Pokemon

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I must’ve been good the day I got Pokemon Blue.

My dad came home and asked me if I wanted a Gameboy. The KB Toys in the mall had bright red shelves and all the video games were behind the counter. The wall behind the teenage cashier split with rows of Pokemon Red on the left and symmetrical rows of Pokemon Blue on the right.

My dad bought me a blue Gameboy Pocket and Pokemon Blue. Did he know what doors he had opened?

Pokemon came into my life when I was a shy 8-year-old Asian-American growing up in a white suburb. Pokemon Blue was something to share with my peers. Classmates would bring Gameboys to school and we’d battle or trade. We shared tips and Pokemon news. During a rainy-day recess Matt handed me his red Gameboy Pocket and asked me to catch a Scyther. His mouth agape when he saw the green monster with blades for arms locked in a safari ball. From then on classmates recognized me as a Pokemon Master.

Kevin became my rival. He caught all 150. We would meet at the center of the basketball court, our Pokemon battle court, to link up and play or pretend we were the real deal. He was one of the first friends I hung out with after school. Our friendship started with one game, then expanded over many.

Trading cards. Movie premieres. Eevee evolving into Umbreon on my birthday. The time a cousin’s boyfriend made Pokemon cries over the phone. (I knew he’d be a keeper then). The amount of childhood memories with Pokemon matches surpasses the amount of little monsters now more than 700.

Pokemon grew up with me. Blue, Gold, Sapphire, Pearl, HeartGold, Black, X, and later this year Sun. As a child the game gave me an identity, but its significance in my life has evolved to the way men and women recall their days playing sport. Pokemon has helped me make new friends over a shared love of a game that teaches companionship, courage, persistence, and proper bicycle-usage etiquette.

Happy 20th Anniversary Pokemon and Thank you.

7 Signs You’re a Reporter Covering a Meeting or event

1. You came prepared

That means getting and reading agendas and research

And coming with story ideas so you can tell yourself…

And you tell your editor what to expect out of this meeting so you’re in sync.

Dress appropriately

2. You came early

It can feel like this…

But when you make connections it’ll feel like this.

3. You actually went

Even when you think there isn’t a story

Your sources know there’s a story and are thinking…

4. You’re actively listening/note taking

And this

5. Be Tweeting

So your readers and followers will be like

6. You Follow Up

 

 

 

If a meeting ends and you feel like…

You can always ask questions until it hits you.

7. You took notes in a lesson about covering meetings

Summer Haul

What a strong Summer Sale on Steam this year.

I walked away with 14 titles from the week-long deal fest.

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The Banner Saga: A brutal tactical RPG starring Nordic warriors. The game features a hand-drawn art style reminiscent of Disney’s Cinderella days.

Dead Island Riptide: I played a bit of this zombie survival game when the original game was released. I’m looking forward to get back into it at the right price.

Delver: An early access title that promises to be a a first person roguelike with a Minecraftian pixel look.

Hitman: Absolution:  I have not played any of the Hitman games but I saw that you get to wear an animal costume in this one. Sold.

Kentucky Route Zero: This indie adventure game takes players through a road trip along a secret highway beneath Kentucky.

Long Live The Queen: Don’t let its title fool you, players guide a princess’s education to queen but she’ll have to survive first in this visual novel game.

Metro: Last Light: The second game of a series based on a novel. I’ve been interested in this first person shooter where the main character is one of the Russian survivors living in the subway system below a dystopian world.

Noir Syndrome: I bought this indie game on the promise alone that it’s a detective murder-mystery with a new story every time you play.

Organ Trail: Director’s Cut: Think Oregon Trail but with zombies.

Spec Ops: The Line: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this shooter that aims to show the true horrors of war rather than romanticize it.

The Stanley Parable: One of those weird games where the narrator is the star.

Transistor: I went ahead and rushed through Bastion so I could play Supergiant Games’s next title. This sci-fi game has an amazing art style and soundtrack with some challenging combat.

The Wolf Among Us: Finally a video game in the Fables world.

Wolfenstein: The New Order: This recently released shooter surprised a lot of people with its story and I can’t wait to dive in. I’ll have to wait as it’ll take me a day to download the title.

Are any of these games your favorite? What did you buy from the sale? Let me know in the comments below.

Three things I want in Mortal Kombat X

MKXNetherRealm Studios revealed Mortal Kombat X in 2015 with a trailer.

The 2-minute video shows series favorites Sub-Zero and Scorpion have at it in forest in the dead of winter.

Here are three features I’d like to see in the future title.

1. Finisher frenzy

I want the gambit of finishers. Characters in 2011’s Mortal Kombat reboot had several fatalities and a babality, but I want them all to return including friendship fatalities, animalities, brutalities and maybe something new.

Can’t forget the stage fatalities.

2. Interactive Stages

Imagine fighting in front of Shao Kahn as he sits on his throne. Then after hitting your opponent with a mix up you throw him into Shao Kahn where the big bad brings the pain and throws him back to you to finish the combo.

NetherRealm Studios did a great job in interactive environments in Injustice Gods Among Us and I’d like that feature to make it’s way to MK.

3. More cheese

The best part of Mortal Kombat is the one-liners.

They’re a little cheesy like Smoke’s “Where there’s smoke there’s fire,” but I’m all in. In a game where bones are breaking constantly and the floor is covered in blood I expect the characters to enjoy the tournament. Give me more cheese and I’ll be a happy boy.

What would you like to see in the next Mortal Kombat? Let me know in the comments.

 

Replay Effect: Stepping in Shepard’s shoes again

I’ve returned to the world of Mass Effect 3 and have found some pleasant surprises.

I haven’t touched the game since its 2012 release, but all the online fan art and gifs inspired and comeback. Luckily, the game is still has a few delights two years later.

1. Biotic combos are OP

There’s a deep satisfaction by unleashing a biotic combo on an group of enemies. After stopping enemies with stasis and then making them fly with warp, it pays to have another biotic on the team.

2. Garrus’s camo armor is his best look

Maybe its because camo is in style now, but his brown and white mesh is the best pattern for Shepard’s favorite Turian.

3. Romancing Jack is the way to go


When I did the Jack side-mission she the gif above happened. That’s when I remembered I had romanced her in Mass Effect 2. Obviously, the me of yesteryear had good taste.

I’m only a few hours in, but can’t wait to complete the game again and play through the DLC.

Do you have a favorite Mass Effect moment?