Sword & Shield’s Pokemon League is a big missed opportunity

Starting to write about the new Pokemon game feels starting to chip away at an iceberg. Especially this one, with so much drama surrounding the game… with varying degrees of justification. It’s kind of daunting to write something about the game without it being contextualised by that drama.

I’ve just seen the credits roll after “finishing” Pokemon Shield. So based on that time with the game, I actually feel qualified to comment on some of it’s strengths and shortcomings now. I’m not sure how many more posts I’m going to write about the game in the coming weeks, but for now I want to dig into an aspect of the game I felt was a great change I wish they’d invested more time into.

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My thoughts on the increased trivialisation of the Pokemon franchise

The new Pokemon game is right around the corner, and I kind of feel that the mass immaturity surrounding the national dex drama has finally started to ease off. That or I’ve blocked enough people In Twitter that I’m just not seeing it anymore.

While I am exasperated by this disorganised revolt against the Pokemon franchise, that doesn’t mean I don’t have my own misgivings about the upcoming game and the direction of the franchise some respects. I am excited for the new game, seeing the franchise make the jump to a home console is something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.

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Halloween Video Game Events: Doing it badly and doing it goodly

Tis that season again, the one some people wait all year for. Which I find kind of bizarre personally. Halloween just doesn’t have the same gravity here in the U.K. as I think it does in the U.S. It all seems a relatively toothless affair meant for kids yet to arrive in their teenage years. Normally, I’d ignore the event like the big grump that I am.

But in video games, Halloween is one of those unifying events that seems to take everything that is great about the holiday and throw a party for all of their players to enjoy: The seasonal event.

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