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Pokemon Sword and Shield Is Ultimate Temptation

The next generation of Pokemon games is here! Pokemon Sword and Shield will be released on the Nintendo Switch later this year, marking the very first time a main Pokemon game will come to a console instead of the Nintendo handheld.

Which is the very reason I probably won’t get to play this one.

The video looks great! The graphics, the world, the everything; it looks like the classic Pokemon game, while reveling in the true size and power of a console. It’s everything we Pokemon fans could possibly want!

Except I’m probably not about to shell out $300 for a Nintendo Switch.

Here are the new starters. I think I’m leaning towards the grass starter. Looks like a parrot/monkey hybrid. Though I’ll save my final decision for when I see their final evolutions.

Pokemon Sword Shield 01

Though I’ll probably never get to play.

Look, I thought I’d sworn off consoles years ago by switching to full-time Steam games on PC. Then I went and splurged $400 on a Playstation 4 last year! Now you expect me to spend another $300 on a Nintendo Switch just so that I can play Pokemon Sword and/or Shield?

Granted, there’s a bunch of other Switch games I’d love to play, but I’m not made of money for video game consoles! And granted, I bought both my Nintendo DS and my Nintendo 3DS specifically to play the newly released Pokemon game, and rarely ever played any other handheld games. But I largely regretted spending so much just to play the new Pokemon game.

So no, this isn’t happening. I’m not buying a Nintendo Switch.

Probably.

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New Detective Pikachu Trailer Threatens My Sanity

I have been a fan of pokemon since Red/Blue, when I randomly decided to get the game for my old school original Game Boy after reading a magazine article. I’ve played every main generation…though I completely avoided the card game, all spin-off video games and barely watched the anime. So maybe I’m not the world’s biggest fan.

But the very existence of the Detective Pikachu movie is blowing my freakin’ mind!

This is pure madness. How else do you explain this trailer? All those realistic looking pokemon! All those surprises! And I love that song! That this movie exists, and could be amazing, and could kick off a whole new franchise of realistic live action pokemon movies, is just the sweetest idea ever.

Though I don’t really like Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu.

Also, somebody ask me about my Master Six pokemon fan fiction. I’ve been sitting on those ideas since I was a teenager writing fan fiction.

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Mortal Kombat 11 is Coming – No Sign of Smoke, Yet

I’m an OK Mortal Kombat fan. I’ve been playing it all these years and there’s little doubt that I’ll eventually dive into Mortal Kombat 11 when it comes out in a couple months. But I’ll admit that my interest in the game revolves almost solely around whether or not my favorite character Smoke appears in the game.

I’ve written about this before on the blog: Smoke is my all-time favorite video game character. The perfect storm of unlocking his fight in MK2 and being generally interested in all of the palette-swapped ninjas (my future band name) turned me onto the gray one, and then I really dig the story that he was Sub-Zero’s best friend, who was betrayed by their clan and turned into a robot assassin, only to still have a good soul trapped inside. There have been a lot of ups and downs with Smoke over the years, but he’s still my boy.

I’m also a big fan of Mortal Kombat lore. I once bought the guidebook to Mortal Kombat Trilogy just to have an encyclopedia of characters at the ready. I didn’t own a video game console at the time, let along an actual copy of Mortal Kombat Trilogy. It was just fun like that.

Here’s hoping Mortal Kombat 11 is good! And that it eventually includes Smoke in some capacity.

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My 6 Favorite Things of 2018

It’s that time of year again! My annual roundup of the pop culture I enjoyed, just like every other website and blog worth its salt. But unlike those fancy pants websites with their paid writers and access to advanced screenings, I’m just a schlub typing away at his computer, enjoying what sweet little things come my way!

2018 List 01

Thank god it’s almost over

2018 has been an OK year, I guess. I don’t have any major accomplishments to brag about. I’m still working on making my own comics, with more Gamer Girl & Vixen news to come in the new year. I haven’t lost any weight, but I remain confident that maybe I will someday. And I’m not dead yet! That always counts for something.

The following list is just my favorite, most memorable shows, movies, toys and whatnot I encountered in 2018. Some things, like movies, were released on 2018. Other things, like TV shows and comics, are often ongoing and extend beyond just 2018, but they were my favorites in 2018. It’s not that complicated. And, as always, I am wholly out of touch with new music, so that’s not a category.

Feel free to share your own favorite things from the past year in the comments!

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The 6 Most Wicked Snowmen in Pop Culture

Christmas is right around the corner. Hanukkah has already come and gone. The holidays are in full swing and, most importantly for today, winter weather is being a real bitch! So how about we talk about snowmen?

Snowman Evil List 01

Don’t trust him, kids!

Every winter season, I like to do a holiday-themed List of Six that celebrates some portion of this joyful time of year. And I’ve really stretched that idea from time to time. I’ve done elves, reindeer, Jesus, Christmas lights, and the abominable snowman, to name a few. I don’t know what I’m going to do next year, but this year I’ve cobbled together a pretty fun list of the most evil and wicked snowmen in pop culture! I probably could have done good snowmen, but where’s the fun in that?

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