Article 8 Things Gamers Want
In this week's InterNerd, we explore several different artists' reinterpretations of existing Pokemon imagining them as real beings, nightmare monsters, actual humans, and more.
DeviantArt-ist Arvalis has put together a pretty sizable collection of incredibly realistic Pokemon designs with a trainer silhouette in each to show the sheer scale of these 'mons. But one of the coolest parts of these designs is how other Pokemon are subtly worked into many of them (notice the Caterpie in the Charizard one below).
Role-playing games, be they Japanese or fun, are designed to present a captivating world for your characters to explore. Whether they be frozen fantasy landscapes, lush magic jungles, or neon space futures, good RPG worlds can make you want to leave your dreary 9-5s behind and fight an evil empire or encroaching alien menace. Unfortunately, that's the only good part about living in a role-playing world. Everything else is terrible.
7. Heroes Steal From You
As a meager dirt farmer, you have spent years scraping to buy medicine for your sick wife. Sure, it meant living in a one-room house without a bathroom, but it's worth it for her. And who knows? Word has it the Chosen One is passing through town. Seeing him could boost your wife's spirits! In fact, here he comes now!
"Hello, Chosen One! Welcome to our village!" you say before he smashes your pots and chests, stealing all your medicine and the only three gold pieces keeping you from homelessness. He has thousands of gold pieces, and powerful medicine he'll never even use during the final battle because it's too valuable, but he takes your goods anyway.
6. Shops Don't Sell Anything You Want
Happy Birthday! You get a gun-sword and a bag of potato seeds! What? You wanted a new watch? Too bad! Your village shop only sells pain killers, pain makers, and onions. Even though you've lived in your town your whole life, the sales folks only market their goods to strangers passing through for 15 minutes. If you've got a few hundred gold pieces, maybe you could buy some shields and use them as cereal bowls. Except there's no cereal or spoons either.
Article 7 Terrible Ideas for VideogamesFebruary 4, 2011
Forget that musty old snake-hater we usually celebrate on March 17th. It's time for us to create St. Patrick Stewart's Day. Here's the illustrated tale of a man who deserves his own holiday for pioneering work in the worlds of acting, geekdom, and making baldness cool.
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in 1940 in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in northern England. He was one of the few adorable babies of Black And White Photo Times.
Article 8 Legend of Zelda HipstersNovember 15, 2010
After their father dying in a mysterious war, the most important moment in any trainer's life is choosing their first Pokemon. Will they take the seed-shooting Bulbasaur, the water-spouting Squirtle, or the fire-breathing Charmander? Each one brings a different set of advantages and challenges for the road ahead.
In fact, you can learn a lot about a person based on their first Pokemon.
Personality: Much like the half-dinosaur/half-plant itself, Bulbasaur trainers are a paradox. They're calm, yet emotional. They're defensive, yet always ready for a fight. They're brave, but stubborn. They drive hybrid cars, but they don't wear seat belts. Of all three trainers, they are the most sensitive and the least predictable. They masturbate a lot.
Work: Bulbasaur trainers are skilled at their jobs, but ask for way too much time off to explore their interests. You might catch them at their desk daydreaming, but they'll always stay late if you ask. Warning: they steal food from the fridge because it's been there forever and they thought no one would mind.
Romance: Don't be insulted when a Bulbasaur trainer asks to split the bill. Splitting things is just who they are. They'll always watch your favorite movie with you, but text through the whole thing and act like it's not a big deal. Of the three, Bulbasaur trainers are the best in bed, but get ready for a whole lot of weeping.