Thursday, October 16, 2014

Nerd Gatekeepers: The Downfall of a Culture

Just a little rant here relating to things like the recent #Gamergate fiasco, which continues my almost two month rant about how the Pokémon community, in association with other gaming and "nerd" communities, is digressing.

First of all, I was NEVER a popular kid. I was way into dinosaurs, and never cared about sports. I liked collecting transformers, and when Pokémon came out when I was thirteen I became an instant fan. I enjoyed the idea of collecting, I liked there were some who appeared dinosaur-like, and I enjoyed the RPG format, mainly because it was the first RPG I was particularly good at.

Pokémon came out at a bad time in my life. By that I mean it wasn't thought to be normal for a teenager to enjoy a "kid's game" so much. Had I been in middle school, it would have been fine. In my hometown, which is very rural, kids my age were off hunting deer or playing football. I had no interest in either. This led to me being frequently persecuted by my peers, predominantly those who now fall into what are considered "bros": males who posses athletic ability and an affinity for things that are stereotypical of teenage or college age males (drinking beer, fast cars, etc). It wasn't restricted to just males though. In fact, many of the people who treated me the worst were female. In the end, gender doesn't matter. Psychological and physical bullying is still just bullying, regardless of which gender perpetuates it. Since I didn't fit the established norm, many things about me were called into question. It's really hard to live a normal life when 90% of your peers would rather persecute you than just let you live your life in peace. My life was a living nightmare between 5th grade and 12th. Only toward the end of my senior year did I actually start enjoying being me, but that was mainly because I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. On the flip side, college was great. It was still near that rural town I grew up in, but as students came from around the world, the view of what is "normal" wasn't so small.

Now, this being said I'm happy that things that used to be considered nerdy and odd are now mainstream. I like that I can share my interests with others without fear of persecution. Unfortunately, people who grew up like me don't always share the same opinion. There are some who now feel the need to guard the "nerd culture" from the masses as they feel that it is being diluted. To me this is just as bigoted of a stance as the ones the "bros" used to perpetuate. Before I felt that I was doing good by working past all of the hate to maintain my identity. Now it seems that hate has shifted. Now we have "nerd gatekeepers" and "internet trolls" excluding others that don't meet their standards of what is acceptable in "nerd culture". In my opinion, these people are only hurting that culture. I find myself ashamed to be associated with these people based on our shared interests. I can only hope more people like myself, who are willing to be friendly to people who haven't caught every single Pokémon or watched every episode of the first series of Transformers, will stand up and decide to not be pulled down to the level these people inhabit. Just as we should have been allowed to enjoy our interests in the past, we should not be excluding others from enjoying it now.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Megas and Details on the US Demo

New Mega Pokémon have been revealed this morning along with details on the release of the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo.

First off, last week Mega Pidgeot and Mega Beedrill were leaked, however I waited to post on them as I felt we would be likely getting more as the Demo started to be released. Mega Pidgeot gets a boost to Sp. Attack and the No Guard ability. Mega Beedrill gets a boost to Attack and Speed, and gets Adaptability as it's ability.

Also, thanks to the Demo, we now know that Steelix and Glalie will also be getting Megas. Although not much is known about them yet, we do know that Mega Steelix gets Sand Force. Mega Latios and Mega Latias were also show again, as well as a new mechanic that allows you to ride them to find other legendaries hiding in Hoenn.

Finally, the code to download the US Demo has been confirmed to be released through the Trainer Club's October News letter. If you haven't already signed up for an account on Poké, I would suggest you do so quickly!

UPDATE: Mega Glalie has been confirmed as a pure Ice type with the ability Refrigerate.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mega Rayquaza Confirmed

This morning during the 7 Hour Live Steam, Mega Rayquaza was confirmed. This is not entirely surprising, as Groudon and Kyogre have been powered up it only makes sense that Rayquaza get powered up as well. What is interesting is that Mega Rayquaza isn't Primal like the other two. The reason why is explained in a revised history of Hoeen:
His yellow "tattoos" now
float beside him like ribbons.
"It was a primal age, early in the world's history... The natural world was overflowing with energy. That energy granted Groudon and Kyogre an overwhelming power. Seeking ever more of that energy for themselves, the two clashed again and again, and their battles cast the people and Pokémon of Hoenn into great danger. Brimming with the overwhelming power granted by the energy of nature, this transformation was named by later people "Primal Reversion." And the people called their tormentors Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre.

One Pokémon looked down upon this battle from the sky above. The Pokémon that dances in the heavens: Rayquaza. Rayquaza is venerated by the people of Hoenn as their protector and savior. When Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre had battled for 20 dawns and 20 nights, the world began to lose its natural balance and tilt toward destruction. The people, unable to endure any more, cried out to their mighty savior Rayquaza before a great stone that shone with rainbow brilliance. And a change came upon Rayquaza, weaving in the sky above Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. Suffused in brilliant light, its body began to transform visibly. And then..."
This shows that unlike the other two, Rayquaza mega evolved at the request of humans (with the "great stone [...] with rainbow brilliance likely being a giant Keystone). Mega Rayquaza gets the new weather ability Delta Stream. This ability overwrites any currently in effect weather as well as blocks weather moves (like Sunny Day) and weaker weather abilities (like Drought). The new weather type also reduces damage from moves on Flying pokémon to normal damage. The weather is removed if Desolate Land or Primordial Sea is activated second or if Mega Rayquaza is switched out. It also learns a new flying move, Dragon Ascent, which is likely a variant of Overheat.