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2011 Pokemon World Championships August 11, 2011

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Nintendo, Nintendo DS Hardware, Pokemon.
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The final event of the Pokemon Video Championship Series kicks off tomorrow, August 12th, in San Diego.

Official Artwork of the Championship

Players from Europe, Japan, South Korea, and the US will compete for the world champion title.

In addition, the Pokemon Trading Card Game world championship, which includes considerably more countries, will be going on in parallel at the same venue down in San Diego.

If you are interested, information, standings, and updates can be found at the Pokemon World Championship Official site.

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1. Stabs - August 11, 2011

I guess I’m old, I can’t even imagine how competitive Pokemon works. It’s like competitive Tellytubbies or something.

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2. Wilhelm Arcturus - August 11, 2011

@Stabs – Ermmm… I am going to guess that your exposure to Pokemon is pretty limited then. Like, maybe you’ve seen an episode of the cartoon series?

Pokemon video games… the core ones, and not the fluff spin offs… are generally a long series of battles against other trainers set against a background story. It is nothing but a head to head competition, first against NPCs and then, if you want, against real life players.

The Nintendo DS has built-in WiFi and with the latest games you can log in from your DS to a world-wide match making battle system. And before that there was a Wii game, Pokemon Battle Revolution that served the same purpose. (The DS can connect to the Wii over WiFi.)

For a lot of people, the single player game is the preface, and they spend their time building up a team of six Pokemon with which to battle against other players. You have to find the right fit for your group, level them up, choose their skills (there is a wide selection, but a single Pokemon can only have 4 skills, and are generally limited to a subset of choices based on their type), and select what special items they should carry.

Pokemon is a surprisingly violent game. The attacks run through the spectrum of violence, from martial arts attacks, to fire, to dropping rocks, to hitting your opponent with a stream of high pressure water.

Pokemon never die though. You just beat them to the point of passing out and then take them to the Pokecenter to revive them.

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3. Wilhelm Arcturus - August 11, 2011

And, as a side note, I could totally come up with a competitive Teletubbies game… even without tossing in anything like chain saws or cage match rules… though frankly, I would totally be for including both of those. Just thinking of the possible achievements alone makes me giddy.

A licensing agreement would seem to be the biggest obstacle.

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4. Helena Khan - August 11, 2011

ROFL!

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5. TheRemedy - August 12, 2011

Pokemon is still an rpg at it’s core. It’s a very accessible one, but their are things there that definitely take a lot of time and effort to get into like EV training and IVs among other things.

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6. Wilhelm Arcturus - August 12, 2011

@TheRemedy – Certainly all of the core Pokemon games are RPGs. There is a story to follow, clues to discover, puzzles to solve, and conflicts to resolve.

The thing is, every single conflict is resolved via a Pokemon battle. That is the key gating mechanism in the game. You can by the guide book to help you follow the story. You can go online to find the solution to any puzzle. But you have to stand up and battle some NPC to actually move along in the game.

That is the essential competitive piece, which can be turned and played against real life opponents.

Which is, of course, one of the downfalls for me in the game, as I tend to be indifferent to battles and am done with the game once I finish the story and, in at least one instance, have caught all the damn Pokemon.

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