In anticipation of Pokemon Sword and Shield, Ian from Adventure Rules drops by the channel to battle me in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee! As we attempt to prove that we’re the best (like no one ever was), we discuss the controversy surrounding the upcoming game, ways of reforming the school system to better prepare students for the real world, and the dynamics of who sleeps closest to the door!
Last night, Kris from Double Jump continued her Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu adventure on Twitch. After she was done chipping away at the main campaign, she invited me on for a rematch!
We had some awesome battles, but I think the best part of hanging out with Kris was the conversation we had. During the battle and well after it was over, we just chatted for a long time and that was even more entertaining! The conversation went everywhere, from Bird Box, to Wonder Woman, Britney Spears, crazy hair styles, nightmare tales from our past retail jobs, my most epic fart, that time Kris almost lost an eye, and more! Kris and Rachel, we need to figure out how to make this off-topic chat a thing. Doesn’t matter if it’s your channel or mine, or if it only occurs once in a blue moon, we have to do it again because it was too much fun not to 😀
If you haven’t already, give Double Jump a shot! They make awesome gaming content for their site that’s released daily and they stream multiple times a week. I sing their praises as friends and content creator colleagues all the time because they’ve earned all the adoration and hype I send their way.
I never gave Pokemon Red/Blue the time of day upon its original release in the 90s. As an overly-conscious teenager, I perceived myself as being too grown up and mature for a kids game. This perception was only amplified by the fact that my little brother was obsessed with Pokemon at the time. I tried his copy of Pokemon Blue for a few hours just to see what the hype was about, but I dismissed it far too soon.
Many years after the fact, Pokemon X would be my gateway to the franchise. From there, Pokemon Go was the game that made me a fan. Though I’ve technically been to Kanto before, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee is the first time I’m visiting the region with an open mind and open heart.
A few years back, video games in Canada got a 20% price hike in response to the falling dollar. It fundamentally changed the way I shop for games. I almost never pay full-price for a new game anymore. Instead, I’ll use trade-ins to offset the cost, while banking heavily on annual E3 pre-order deals that range from $20-30 off new games.
While I love the idea of saving money, I’m eating the cost elsewhere. The last five games I’ve ordered online have really made me question whether the savings was worth it at all.
My experience with the Pokemon franchise has been one largely devoid of PvP. I never touched it in Pokemon X or Pokemon Ultra Moon, the two mainline games I played prior to Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee. Pokemon Go will be getting a form of PvP soon, but it’s been absent from that game for over two years. The only times I’ve engaged with it were during random instances where I’ve fooled around in Pokemon Stadium on the Nintendo 64 with the default Pokemon.
Taking on Kris from Double Jump the other night in a few Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee battles was an eye-opening experience. Even with just the handful of matches we played that night, it gave me a greater appreciation for the franchise’s battle system and how exciting it can be to go head-to-head with another human.
In case you missed it last night, I had the honour of making an in-game cameo on Double Jump‘s live stream as Kris and I battled in PokemonLet’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee! It’s always fun to play and collaborate with them, even though I was fighting with everything I had. Kris’ Pikachu named Piper is no joke!
Thank you to both Kris and Rachel for allowing me to play with you on your stream. It’s all love at the end of the day, but with the Pokemon wars having officially begun, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate out tomorrow, I foresee a lot of confrontation between us!
If you haven’t already, give Double Jump a shot! They make awesome gaming content for their site that’s released daily and they stream multiple times a week. I read it every day and their stream is appointment viewing for me.
From taking players all the way back to Kanto region, to completely reworking the catching mechanics, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee goes a long way towards streamlining the Pokemon experience. Generally speaking, I like the direction the game went with this particular title, though I dearly miss seeing which moves will be super effective/not effective on the menu. However, I’m overjoyed for one particular thing from Sun and Moon that was dramatically changed in Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee. Continue reading →
Working our way through to Lavender Town in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee, we run into a bunch of competition in route 9 before Team Rocket attacks us at the end! We also spend a lot of time talking about the nuances of pizza!