Monday, March 29, 2010

A Little Hiatus.. and the PokéWalker

Sorry, I've been a little busy with work and writing up a Paleontology abstract (a small published summary of my research) and playing my SoulSilver version lately but I do want to talk about the features of the Pokéwalker. I've had one since I bought a Japanese version of Heartgold last year... but since I couldn't really read it I couldn't do a real write up for it.

First of all, if you aren't taking a stroll with your pokémon everyday.. you should. You would be surprised how much walking the normal person does in one day. The main draw is, of course, the ability to level up your pokémon. However, you can only raise you pokémon one level per stroll so that isn't that impressive as many people has hoped.

The other main purpose to use the PokéWalker is to use the Watts earned from walking to capture pokémon and find items. Early on, the pokémon and items aren't that great.. but the more you use the PokéWalker the more area you can stroll in. Some of the areas have really rare pokémon like Spiritomb and Torchic.

Although that is cool, I have found that one of the biggest draws for me to use the PokéWalker is to Mystery Gift with my friends for free items similar to in the old days of Gold and Silver. When two PokéWalkers sync, both people get a random free item as well as you can battle computer controlled versions of your friends team in Viridian City for Battle Points.

What do you like about the PokéWalker or do you think it's unimportant? Reply with your opinion!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pokémon AMVs

I dunno if you guys have ever searched YouTube for pokémon AMVs (Anime Music Videos) but if you haven't you might want to consider it. I'm going to post one on here from time to time that I really like, and occasionally I'll pit two videos against each other and have you vote on your favorites in the Poll on the right... this week is Mewtwo vs Sableye. Watch the two below and feel free to comment as well.

Mewtwo - I Stand Alone (Godsmack)

Sableye - Scared (Three Days Grace)

Also, Team Knockout has a YouTube Channel. All of the current uploaded videos we've made are in the right hand column. Granted, I haven't uploaded alot, but I plan on uploading more soon now that Lauren has a good camera.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

HeartGold/SoulSilver Hits the States

Aaron, Lauren, and I just went and picked up our copies of HeartGold and SoulSilver. Lauren got HS, Aaron and I got SS. Lauren and Aaron both decided to start with Cyndaquil, whereas I started with Chikorita since I already have a good Feraligatr and I didn't want to start with the same pokémon they did. For people who reserved thier games as Toys R Us like we did (since Lauren works there after all) were treated to some special freebies like a DS Basics kit including Lugia and Ho-oh stili (plural of stilus), a HG/SS T shirt, a pikachu paper hat, stickers, coloring sheets, and of course the figure of Lugia or Ho-oh depending on the game you reserved. To read all about the event, check out this article that Lauren sent to Pokébeach by clicking here.

On another note, I've been listening to a cool pokémon podcast, PokéDex Radio. If you want to check it out, click here. I recently interviewed the person behind Pokédex Radio, Gabriel....

Matt: Do you have a favorite pokémon/pokémon game?
Garbiel: Easy answer - Charizard. I've always had a thing for fire types. As for favorite game, I wouldn't be able to give a definitive answer, I've enjoyed each one. If I really had to choose, I'd say Pokemon Crystal. I loved all of the additions to the game compared to the First Generation as well as the upgrade from Gold and Silver.

Matt: When did you start your podcast, and why?
Gabriel: I had the idea of starting a podcast back in the summer of 2008, even though we didn't record until March 2009. I had started to listen to all kinds of podcasts and fell in love with the ability to get my voice out there without having to be a professional of sorts. At first, I didn't know what to talk about, then it hit me - Pokemon. It's something that has been part of my life for over a decade and I enjoy the topic.

Matt: What's your favorite part of doing a pokémon podcast?
Gabriel: I like being able to reach out to the community. If it wasn't for my podcast, I wouldn't be able to stay in contact other trainers and see their opinion of current and past Pokemon happenings. I also like sharing the knowledge I have about the games with others.

Matt: Do you think your podcast offers something that other's don't?
Gabriel: Of course! While it may sound cliché, I say it offers knowledge, experience and care. Pokemon has been a part of my life for about 12 years and counting. I've played and lived Pokemon for so long. I think anybody would respect the fact that I care about the topic.

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In my opinion, the podcast will probably benefit newer players more than some of the more experienced players... but it still can be fun to listen to. Also, Gabriel hits on some topics, like contests, that some people may or may not really understand (I even sent in some info on contests that you can listen to in Contest episode 2). All in all, listen in an form your own conclusions. I'm going to keep listening for sure.

Also... the results from the Action Replay poll were tallied. Basically 75% of the people who voted said that Action Replay is LAME. If you disagree, feel free to post your comments by clicking the title of the Action Replay article.