After seven major story arcs and more than 1,050 episodes of the Pokemon anime, the impossible has finally happened: Ash Ketchum won a Pokemon League tournament. After several heartbreaks along the way, getting increasingly close but coming up short, he … Continue reading Ash Ketchum Might Not Be the Worst Pokemon Trainer Ever?
Editor’s note: I unearthed some reviews that we worked on a while back that never saw the light of day. They’re not exactly the most timely at this point, but here they are anyway! THE GOOD Jason: The move to … Continue reading Group Review: Pokemon X/Y
Last time we went on a journey to a simpler time: the mid-1990s, when Dancing Mad was king. This time we’re going to stay right in that period, but shift ahead a few years to Pokemon Gold, one of my … Continue reading Music to My Ears: Pokemon Gold
I’ve wanted to do a Replay for Keeps list like Shaun, Chris, Jason, Nick, and David did for some time now, but I often struggle to beat games, let alone replay them. Either my busy schedule or forgetfulness leads me to … Continue reading Replays for Keeps: The Michaela Edition
As mentioned with last week’s look at the Team Skull themes, we’ll be doing a full-fledged review of Pokemon Sun and Moon on this Thursday’s podcast. But let’s talk a little bit about some of the little changes the series … Continue reading Music to My Ears: The Path to the League
Pokemon Sun and Moon have been out for a couple weeks now, so it seems like the perfect time to talk about the game a bit. We’ll be doing a full review on the podcast in next Thursday’s episode, but … Continue reading Music to My Ears: Battle! Team Skull
It’s belated, sure, but I officially dove in to play and review Pokemon Go…and I officially I don’t get it. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.
Look, with something as huge as Pokemon Go has been, I cant help but recoil against the hype machine a little. I’ll admit that. It’s my human nature. But with what is now a cultural phenomenon, I was expecting more depth. More strategy. More heart. More fun. Just…more.
Don’t get me wrong – the first couple hours of Pokemon Go is stellar and fresh. The experience of walking around and interacting with Pokemon in your environment is the dream of millions of people who grew up on these games. Throwing Pokeballs, evolving your creatures, and steadily getting stronger is a pure treat, as was evidenced by how every person on the planet downloaded this game. You really begin realizing what tremendous potential something like this has.
Unfortunately, that’s the thing about potential–it exists as a what if that may or may not ever be realized. Just ask Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Turns out that as a brief experience, Pokemon Go is like cracking open that elusive treasure chest for the first time. And as a game, Pokemon Go is discovering the chest contains only pieces hot garbage–that is to say, it’s a shallow, aimless, and ultimately pointless exercise in redundancy.