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Gaming / PS5 Reveal
« on: June 12, 2020, 03:07 »
So at 9pm UK time today we finally saw our first glimpse of the Sony Playstation 5 and its new titles. For those who haven't seen it, check it out on Twitch or YouTube. For those who have seen it, what did you think? Is it the peak of modern console design or just a giant modem lookalike? Are you excited for any of the games? I thought the new Oddworld looked pretty good, modern yet faithful to the original without dragging it kicking and screaming into the 2020s. Stray looked pretty interesting, a game about a cat in a cyberpunk world and then there were some landmark franchises - Gran Turismo 7 seemed to emphasize its campaign mode so presumably we're not gonna have a game as reliant on online play as GT Sport and Horizon Forbidden West looked positively beautiful. Unfortunately no price yet, I'm assuming they'll quietly announce that as to not kill the hype train straight away. I know a lot of people will also be hyped for new Ratchet and Clank too, I never played the original but it did look pretty slick.

Games General / What Did You Think of Pokemon Sword/Shield?
« on: June 11, 2020, 00:18 »
So with the dust settled and Sword and Shield have come and gone and we're approaching DLC season I figured now would be a good time to hear thoughts on S/S. Did you like it? Hate it? Where did it stack up in your overall ranking.

For me personally it's not been great honestly. The game felt very rushed, story wasn't up to much and Galar as a region felt pretty gimmicky. New Pokemon were okay, but I'm not too into the 'obvious' Galar regionals. Regional variations were cool when they made sense with the environment (Exeggutor grows larger in Alola where there's more sunlight, makes perfect sense), but when we're putting a top hat and moustache on Weezing to make it ~british~ it starts to feel shoddy and uninspired.

Dynamax didn't leave much of an impression, we've come to expect a generational 'battle gimmick' and it's hard to invest interest knowing that it'll only stick around for as long as said generation. It was quite a visual spectacle though and some of the Gigantimax forms are quite cool. Overall I think most of my criticisms with the game is that template is wearing thin. Of course Pokemon has always been formulaic to a degree but it's starting to feel like the formula is taking over from the atmosphere of the Pokemon world at large.

It's not all bad news though, there were definitely some good parts. The Wild Area is super fun and while it's rough around the edges I think it's a great prototype for making Pokemon more open-world, which I think the franchise could really do with, it's a very good fit IMO. Camping with Pokemon and playing with them is very nice too, it's really cute seeing all the Pokemon interact. I feel like the concept of Pokemon Amie has gone from strength to strength since X/Y and making curry is surprisingly fun too. Customization has also been a plus, lots of clothes to choose from (even if a large chunk of them kinda suck), league cards were a really nice touch too. I wasn't keen on how sport-heavy Galar is but treating the league more like an actual competition with celebrities, sponsors and collectables makes a lot of sense and should carry across to the next games.

Thoughts from everyone else?

Random Randomness / Non-Political Corona/Covid-19 Thread
« on: March 11, 2020, 16:19 »
Nanananana bat flu...or so we are led to believe. So the Covid-19 (AKA The Corona Virus) has arrived, hand sanitiser is flying off the shelves, people are panic buying, schools are closing, events are being cancelled (E3!!), some people are wearing masks and everyone is being told how to wash their hands.

How is it affecting you? Are you worried for your health or staying safe and cozy indoors until this all blows over? Where I live is apparently the 'Corona capital' (or was for a while) as we had the first few cases as well as some 'super spreader' so I probably should be more concerned but it's hard to care too much. I figure I'll either get infected or I won't, thankfully I think my work would be pretty lenient about it and I've got plenty of games to play and things to do if I have to isolate.

Gaming / Animal Crossing New Horizons
« on: March 10, 2020, 17:00 »
Anyone getting the new Animal Crossing? I'm sure there have to be some fans here, I've preordered my copy from GAME with the Tote bag. What features are you excited for? We can now move cliffs, waterfalls, bridges, having raised parts on our house and proper outside decoration plus craft furniture, get more customization options, sit on froggy chair and HAVE KNEES. Have you come up with a name for your island yet?

Games General / Pokemon Sun and Moon - Early Images Emerge
« on: February 26, 2016, 20:12 »
So the names have been made official, the press release has announced that it'll see a worldwide release in late 2016, it'll mark the start of Gen VII and we know it's going to be for the 3DS. But...while that's interesting, someone has done god's work in taking high-res screencaps of the 'Game Freak developing the new game' montage so we can all discuss it:

Concept art of some vehicles

What we can only assume is a new Pokemon centre

Concept art of some kind of water-pokemon themed building

Concept art on the pinboard, looks to be the interior of some sort of building

More overworld

New Pokemon being rendered. Looks like a bird of some kind. Some people are guessing it's a woodpecker.

The new logos in Japanese. Both these and the Korean ones seem to focus on the diamonds above the text..

PKMN.NET / Would YOU Like to Manage the PKMN.NET tumblr Account?
« on: January 03, 2016, 23:31 »
If you've been following the 'Rules' topic you should know that there has been some drafting of ideas to help further expand the PKMN.NET community, one of which is the possible introduction of an official PKMN.NET tumblr account.

We're now at the stage where we can start looking for a person or people to actually run and manage the account and get the ball rolling.

While this won't be officially launched right away, we're looking for members or a member to help trial the idea and see it through it's soft-launch period. We'll be using this time to get a theme in place, get used to having someone manage the account, test a few bits and generally see how it works for us before it's made official.

The purpose of the PKMN.NET tumblr blog is to really just give our lovely site and community a presence on tumblr. What this means is that we want someone familiar with tumblr who can represent PKMN.NET by blogging and reblogging Pokemon and PKMN.NET related content; be it Pokemon News, Pokemon Fanart (Either from tumblr or the Fan Art forum), community news, silly gifsets...whatever. As long as you don't break the forum rules or post Youkai Watch, you're actively encouraged to make the position your own and run it however you think would be fun. Seriously though, don't post Youkai Watch.

Anyway - nominate yourself, a friend or whoever you think would be suitable below along with an brief explanation as to why and/or a link to your tumblr if you're comfortable with sharing it. Please remember that we're looking for someone committed to doing this, so if you don't have the time to invest then either don't apply or grab a friend who can cover for you when you're not available. There are no limits on how much you have to post, but we don't want a situation where the account ends up untouched for weeks on end.

Why do you want to run the PKMN.NET tumblr?:
Link to existing tumblr account (Optional):

And of course, feel free to ask any questions if you have them.

Gaming / New 3DS Owners?
« on: April 12, 2015, 18:16 »
I have it...and it is pretty great. I got the standard New 3DS because I wanted that SNES vibe plus the changeable covers, I also got it with Xenoblade 3D because...of reasons. Does anyone else here own one or want to own one? Thoughts, opinions, experiences? Here are a few notes so far of my experience:

  • Transferring everything from my older 3DS (The first-launch normal 3DS) was easy. I did it wirelessly instead of copy and pasting across SD cards and it worked like a charm. It was a little bit slow because it uses local wireless but all was fine on the other side. I don't store much on the SD card as it is, so maybe that helped.
  • Super Stable 3D is GREAT. I thought it was destined for failure given that head-tracking is kind of poor in Pokemon Amie if you're in anything but completely optimal lighting conditions but it works perfectly. I'd gotten into the habit of keeping my head solidly still during any 3D moments and then turning it off after that, now I can just keep it on and enjoy.
  • The console itself looks and feels the business, everything is matte and nice to hold
  • The sound is noticeably better and more rich. When I started up Alpha Sapphire Kyogre's roar just had so much more texture and there were more sounds that could be heard
  • Xenoblade doesn't look half as bad as people are complaining about. Shulk and co just get a bit jaggy if you zoom out too much
  • The stylus is worse, basically. It feels tacky and plastic-y and you can't fit the old stereoscopic stylus in there. It's like going back to the DS
  • The new C-stick doesn't really feel like a stick, it's solid like a button and barely moves. It does work completely well, but it doesn't have that same amount of obviousness that the other stick has.
  • Pokemon still lags in 3D. This is basically a software issue on GameFreak's behalf.
  • Xenoblade's British accents are weird after years of hearing American voice acting and there's no Japanese audio option

What are everyone else's thoughts so far?

X and Y/OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire / GAME Midnight OR/AS Release!
« on: November 25, 2014, 18:32 »
Who's going to their local game to grab OR/AS at Midnight? Loads of chains are taking part this time around probably considering GAME opens at 2am on the Friday for Black Friday. You can see all the details below.

GAME OR/AS Midnight Release

If anyone wants to meet up at the Brighton branch, let me know!

Well, there you have it. 10 years ago today I signed up to these forums and began my PKMN.CO.UK adventure. I wasn't originally going to make this thread but I figured that you don't often get a chance to make threads like these and it's been a real ride to say the least. Plus there's so much I'm grateful for.

I started off on the wrong foot completely, I joined the forums because of IRC and didn't make a great impression there in the first place. I insulted Rex (Now a very good friend of mine) and told him he looked like Jack Osbourne (He did a bit though), I said I was going to spit in Dan_Dan's face and got kicked numerous times by Sentret for swearing. I stupidly thought Jas (Now Superficial Mycosis) went to my school because she mentioned hers had just become a 'technology college' like mine, so I tried to casually throw "PsyKoViggy" into conversations around my school randomly in hopes I'd identify her somehow.

I don't know where I'm going with this, so I want to personally thank the first IRC crew I knew of Mike, Joeno, James, Sam, Claire, Iceduck, Ant, Phil, RocketMember002, Kat, Rex, Jas, Raph, Mark and Dan all being there when I came back from school and accepting me even though I didn't belong. You all made this community so inviting and endearing and you were the first group of people who I properly felt I connected with on the internet.

I also want to thank Alex (CS10), Tim, Lottie, Kay, Rob, Mushroom, Brin, Pokeapache Connor, Jasper, Vicki, Faf, Barney, Xagor and probably loads more people I'm forgetting. I was never really in your friend circles properly, but I always appreciated that you guys existed. You made the landscape of the community so much more fun and interesting. Lottie - you were one of the first people to add me and talk to me on MSN back in those days and listen to the things I couldn't tell anyone, I always appreciated this so much because you gave me a presence outside of the forums and by extension stopped people treating me as being a random IRCer/forum user. Had you not done that, I probably wouldn't be friends with the great people I've met on this site and would have dropped off years ago. I still get a surge of nostalgia when I hear the Banana Boat Song. I still get a laugh out of the word boat. Boat.

Mushroom, if you ever read this - I'm so SO sorry for getting glowstick liquid in your eye. Even now I feel terrible about it, if it's any consolation I was always sad that you kind of left the forums because I still believe you would have made an excellent mod/admin.

Emma - Our games of Animal Crossing Wild World and Mario Kart were fun as hell. You got me into so many bands and you were awesome. Akari, Whiplashed, Frez, Kendall, Mightyenapup, Chandler, Utack, BloatedMitch, Movemaster, Sizacu, TCoZ, Veyka, Sappy, TSOL, Liam, Webbz, Maikeru, Ayla, Lit, Kristian and all of the other IRC peoples who I enjoyed chatting with so much. Sometimes we argued, sometimes we had the best laughs, I don't regret it one bit. You are/were all great.

Muhed - It's hard to believe that someone like you could ever go underrated but I think you have. You've been a solid force in keeping this site alive in its darkest, emptiest moments. I feel like we're on different wavelengths most of the time, but you've always reached out to people and never been afraid to talk to them. Not only is that an admirable thing to do, I think it's a downright nice thing to do and one that gets forgotten under the fact that you're never afraid to be controversial or disagree with mass opinion.

Kit - Not only did you and Nellie make my first convention experience one of the best and most memorable ever, you changed me as a person. I never did thank you enough for all you did for me; you got me out of one of the worst, longest periods of depersonalization in my life and taught me to be a part of life instead of an observer. I feel like you taught me how to have fun and I've never looked back since.

And finally Rex. You are one of, if not the nicest person I've ever met. From the moment I first met you when you picked me up at the station for the 07 meet, it was like we were insta-family. From there the adventures have been fun as hell and I hope to have so many more. I honestly never thought in a million years I would ever be friends with you 10 years ago, but somehow here we are. You've stuck up for me and supported me when nobody else has and I can't thank you enough.

For everyone else, I'm sorry if I forgot you. I know that most of the people mentioned above are older members, I can only hope for my 20 year post I'll be mentioning all the new members we have today and how things have changed so much from the good old days of 2014 when we're playing Pokemon Rainbow in our flying cars and spacesuits on the Nintendo holo-goggles. Thank you so much PKMN.NET, the members, the staff and of course - Joeno who without him none of these great friends, memories and stories would exist, unfortunately you've set the bar way too high - There won't ever be an online experience that can compare to what I've experienced in the past 10 years here.

Just a quick FYI for some of you out there who pre-ordered OR/AS from GAME:

Regarding the steelbooks announced this week - you'll need to update your pre-order if you pre-ordered before they were announced. Doing so will cost you 10 GBP deposit instead of 5. If your local GAME is anything like mine, they'll take the 5 quid off the original pre-order and give you an entirely new pre-order receipt for which you'll end up paying a fiver instead of a tenner.

If you do not do this, you'll get the Kyogre/Groudon figure as a pre-order bonus but not the special metal case (steelbook). If you pre-order the steelbook, you also get the figure too.

Sadly enough, if the promotional image is anything to go by. It looks like we'll be getting plain grey carts this time instead of blue/red ones.

I'm sure there are going to be plenty of these as we learn more stuff, but just looking at the minimal info we have right now...what do you speculate for the upcoming games? Remember this is a thread for what you think we might see, not what you want to see. The thread for that is over here

Right now, we know that the games will be straight remakes of R/S (whatever the extent of that is) and that Kyogre and Groudon on the box are not what they seem (Heavily implied to be Mega Evolutions) and of course we have the names 'Omega' and 'Alpha'. A few things you might wanna think about to get the cogs moving:

  • How much do you think OR/AS are going to stick to the original R/S plot?
  • What do you think the significance of Omega and Alpha is? (If any)
  • How will these new forms/evolutions of Groudon and Kyogre tie into the original R/S storyline with Team Aqua and Magma?
  • Do you think the history of peripherals with remakes (Pokewalker/E-reader/Wireless Link) will give us a new gadget this time?
  • Do you expect tie-ins with X/Y anywhere?

One thing I've been thinking about is whether or not the Strange Souvenir from the backpacker in the Lumiose Hotel will have some sort of connection to a Sevii Islands-ish extra region. Hoenn is fairly tropical so kind of fits the motif of having some kind of Easter Island type area somewhere nearby.

I feel like I ask this question every year but here it is again.

Is anyone planning on going to this? Cosplaying? I was thinking of cosplaying Clemont but I'm not sure right now, it'd be nice if there was a PKMN.NET meet or something.

Gaming / Nintendo Direct 13th of February (10pm GMT)
« on: February 13, 2014, 15:51 »
So...anyone excited for this? If you've been keeping up with the latest gaming news you'll probably know that Nintendo hasn't had it easy over the past few months and the fact that there hasn't been a Direct in a while has made people worry, but as many have said - Nintendo are often at their best when their back is against the wall.

What are your hopes/expectations for the Nintendo Direct tonight? Apparently they'll be discussing 3DS and Wii U software launching at the end of Spring. People are expecting announcements on X and Bayonetta 2.

Me? I'm hoping for Dragon Quest VII 3DS

(Sorry, I know some of you have gotten it for Christmas)

But for those of us who've had it for a while and probably completed it, what are your thoughts now the initial sheen has worn off and it's comfortably in your collection?

For me, I'd say there's good and bad.

The good is that it's a massive improvement over B/W, which I really didn't enjoy all that much. X/Y does feel very 'Pokemon' as it used to. I think the biggest changes of the game (3D, Fairy Type etc) were handled very well and could have easily made the game too different to enjoy, thankfully they work beautifully.

There are so many small features that I really can't begin to list them all here, but they all make the game fantastic. X/Y will definitely be remembered as the games responsible for a lot of features that improved Pokemon.

On the bad side, my main criticism would be that X/Y feels like it's heavily targetted towards people who gave up after the GBC. It's great in the sense that it makes it super accessible for people who didn't play past Gen 2, easing them into new Pokemon rather than throwing 600 new 'mons at them and expecting them to like it. But I feel that at times it was almost too stripped down. As much as I love Team Rocket, I really didn't think it was possible to have an even more generic evil team. In fact, the whole storyline in contrast to B/Ws character-heavy plot was virtually non existent. It would have been nice to have seen a balance between the two. I never got the impression that Team Flare were real villains, even if their goals were no more or less nefarious than Aqua/Magma/Galactic/Plasma...I just couldn't really believe that they were real villains.

The lesser number of new Pokemon is disappointing too, though I feel this was probably done to encourage younger players to explore existing Pokemon and use them online via the PSS rather than continually being distracted by new Pokemon. It's fine and all, but as someone who already has explored the existing Pokemon is doesn't really leave a lot of new Pokemon to learn about.

All in all I would say that X/Y is a great game though, and gen VI probably sits somewhere in front of III and V but behind I, II and IV for me. I feel that things were slightly rushed or kept very basic in order to soften the blow of the big changes in order to not make players feel like they were playing a completely different game, but for someone who wanted to invest lots of time into the game I feel that the story/region is somewhat lacking.

I have! GAME sent me a text earlier telling me they had it in stock so naturally I rushed down to pick it up. It's absolutely stunning, the videos/screenshots/etc. just don't do justice to having it right there in your hands and playing it. Everything is beautiful and I haven't even had my first trainer battle yet (Aside from Shauna).

I've got Fennekin and Scatterbug so far.

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