• Tag Archives Pokemon
  • Pokemon Crystal (Game Boy Color)

    Pokemon Crystal – Title screen


    Until Pokemon Go came along, I had never played a Pokemon game. And while I enjoy playing a little Pokemon Go once in a while, I never really understood the mass appeal of the earlier games. So many of the games were just slight updates to others in the series. Pokemon Crystal is a good example.

    Pokemon Crystal was released for the Game Boy Color in 2001 and was the 7th game in the series (the 6th released in North America). It was the first developed specifically for the Game Boy Color and was not compatible with the original Game Boy. However, Pokemon Crystal was basically just a slightly enhanced version of Pokemon Gold and Pokemon Silver released a year earlier. It added spectacular new features like the ability to choose your sex and animated sprites in addition to another subplot or two.

    There are a large number of Pokemon games but many of then have been remakes or slightly enhanced versions of previous releases. Pokemon Gold and Silver were remade once again as Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS. There’s nothing wrong with Pokemon Crystal but if you are buying Pokemon games to actually play vs. to collect, you can skip over Gold and Silver to play Crystal or skip over all three to HeartGold and SoulSilver instead. Nevermind, skip all of those and just get the remake of Pokemon Crystal for the 3DS. See what I mean?

  • MegaCon 2017 Cars

    It’s amazing how far some people will take fandom and there’s know better place to see it in action than at a major convention such as one of the ComiCons, DragonCon or MegaCon among others. Look, for example, what some people will do to their cars (from MegaCon 2017 in Orlando):

    Here is a Pokemon car. This particular vehicle (or one just like it) has been making an appearance at MegaCon for a number of years. I play a bit of Pokemon Go now and them but this seems to be taking it a bit far. I have to admit, the VW Beetle seems particularly appropriate though.

    Now this one I can understand a little more. Who doesn’t want a vehicle like they had in Ghostbusters? This is a little bit of a more modern take using what appears to be a relatively modern Dodge station wagon instead of a hearse based on a 1959 Cadillac. A more practical choice perhaps but if I were going to take it this far I would go ahead and take the next step and do it with a hearse, even if it had to be one a little less obscure than the 1959 Cadillac variety.

    Finally, we have my personal favorite car of the bunch, the General Lee. This is also the most true to the original. I mean, you can hardly tell this one is not the original (except after one of those jumps they did in the show the original would probably be in a junkyard). I know, some will say that the Confederate Flag makes this car racist but cars can’t be racist and there was nothing racist about my love for The Dukes of Hazard when I was a kid. And if you disagree, you’re a racist.

  • Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (Game Boy)

    The Game Boy is where the Pokemon video games got their start. Pokemon Yellow was a slightly enhanced version of Pokemon Red and Blue and preceded the release of Gold and Silver. Yep, there were a lot of Pokemon games.

    In Pokemon Yellow, the player has the opportunity to catch 151 Pokemon. Pokemon Yellow has slightly better graphics than the previous games in the series and also starts you out with Pikachu. But other than these and a few other slight differences, it isn’t significantly different from its predecessors. Despite this, it sold very well and is considered to be one of the best Game Boy games. It was also heavily marketed. It was released to coincide with the first Pokemon movie and was released with a special Pokemon Yellow version of the Game Boy.

    I have listed my personal copy on eBay here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/322577928331