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TheLovecraftian from Software Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Jan 15th 2020 at 6:23:09 PM

There is the Nuzlocke challenge, where you treat a Pokémon fainting as if they actually died, so if they faint you have to release them as soon as possible. There are other rules to it that add difficulty, but that's basically the idea. And plenty of fangames carry the possibility of enabling that as a ruleset as well.

Edited by TheLovecraftian on Jan 15th 2020 at 12:23:20 PM

Propta Fornicatio et Nudatio Circumspectans, Unitati
tclittle Professional Forum Ninja from Somewhere Down in Texas
Professional Forum Ninja
Jan 15th 2020 at 9:02:34 PM

In a nutshell, the Pokemon franchise is a colossal monument to laziness.

Lazy dev rhetoric really pisses me off. It basically allows someone to wave off or bring out a generic excuse for bad game design or bad games in general when there is likely a better excuse.

And then you have the Z moves where Pokemon run without moving their limbs.

Z-Moves also follow the same logic behind regular moves, you have the generic attacks, powered up support moves, and signature moves. The former 2 have to be generic enough for any Pokemon to use them, and flashy enough to mask the generic movements of the Pokemon itself. Whereas signature Z-Moves can use the Pokemon model to its greatest.

Generic Z-Moves can lead to some unintentionally hilarious moments:

I really liked Mega Evolution as a gimmick and was eagerly looking forward to seeing what new Megas the next game would deliver. And instead, Game Freak was all, "Mega Evolution is So Last Season. Now we're all about these bland super-attacks that are like regular attacks but can only be done once, with five straight minutes of poorly-animated spectacle leading into them!"

Fan speculation seems to think that both Z-Moves and Dynamaxing are Game Freak trying to find a gimmick that more balancing than Megas, as while they gave new life to some Pokemon, they also massively contributed to Pokemon's already bad Power Creep problem.

That reminds me of some Fridge Logic about how a Pokemon that looks like an earthworm can get hit with a blast of atomic fire from a Mega EX dragon and "faint". Sure, why not?

It's the same thing with "evolution" as Pokemon don't evolve, they metamorph when evolving.

Also, Wild Tyranitar used Hyper Beam! Sobble fainted!

So I'll make a resolution, that I'll never make another one, just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun, until its done.
VeryVileVillian Cutest non-canon couple from Russia Relationship Status: Yes, I'm alone, but I'm alone and free
Cutest non-canon couple
Jan 17th 2020 at 12:17:58 PM

Cyberpunk 2077 Development Will See Long Crunching Hours

Lurking in shadow, haunting every step, bringer of chaos: Nyarlathotep.
fredhot16 from Baton Rogue, Louisiana. Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Jan 17th 2020 at 12:56:23 PM

Oh, hello there, blood money. Didn't know I had ya.

Suspension of disbelief: I can believe in time travel but it still has to make sense with it's own rules.
Jan 17th 2020 at 1:50:56 PM

Don't get it, the game is delayed and NOW is the crunch time? That seems off.

deludedmusings Relationship Status: Above such petty unnecessities
Jan 17th 2020 at 3:03:42 PM

Somebody on twitter who is involved in gamedev described it as 'death march' rather than crunch.

Basically, dates keep getting pushed back and the absurd workload never ends.

Holding a grudge is allowing someone to live inside your head rent free.
fredhot16 from Baton Rogue, Louisiana. Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Jan 17th 2020 at 5:34:55 PM

I found this.

This is hilarious.

Suspension of disbelief: I can believe in time travel but it still has to make sense with it's own rules.
Ultimatum ◕ ◡ ◕ Disasturbator from England Relationship Status: Holding out for a hero
M84 This is bad comedy. from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
This is bad comedy.
Jan 17th 2020 at 5:52:30 PM

It’s CD Projekt Red. After the horror stories about Witcher 3’s development, is anyone really surprised?

Disgusted, but not surprised
Dhiruxide World's Most Excited Birb from Somewhere and nowhere
World's Most Excited Birb
Jan 17th 2020 at 11:40:26 PM

What's also sick is their legion of fanboys defending everything they do. I seen way too much apologia on youtube or reddit now.

Game gets delayed? They bitch how there's literally nothing else to do until September. When they hear about crunch? They shrug it off.

What's Hell... without a little fire?
slimcoder Insane Religious Murderbot
Insane Religious Murderbot
Jan 17th 2020 at 11:49:02 PM

Fans, comes from the word Fanatic.

Nothing surprising there.

Triple-A game companies suck, that's just how it is.

Edited by slimcoder on Jan 17th 2020 at 11:49:31 AM

Nobody is innocent, there are merely varying levels of guilt. Oh and Primus hates you.
TobiasDrake Exposition Dragon from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Exposition Dragon
Jan 18th 2020 at 3:13:43 PM

Fan speculation seems to think that both Z-Moves and Dynamaxing are Game Freak trying to find a gimmick that more balancing than Megas, as while they gave new life to some Pokemon, they also massively contributed to Pokemon's already bad Power Creep problem.

If Game Freak's worried about some Pokemon being more powerful than other Pokemon, I feel like the ship's sailed on that.

You can't go, "Power Creep is bad and we need to make sure every Pokemon is balanced," and then turn around and go, "Meet this version's new 680-stat ultra-Legendary. Banned in all tournaments because LOL, are you kidding me, this guy murders everything by breathing on it except other 680-stat ultra-Legendaries."

Edited by TobiasDrake on Jan 18th 2020 at 4:13:58 AM

Drake's Razor: Never attribute to cold unfeeling logic that which can be equally explained by emotional outburst.
Draghinazzo My love, has dressed me like a clown Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
My love, has dressed me like a clown
Jan 18th 2020 at 3:28:00 PM

Newer legendaries have a BST over 680 and are still allowed in tournaments (though not all of them).

It's not possible to completely cramp down on power creep but before the announcement of the DLC Sw/Sh seemed to have done that somewhat. For one example, 90 to 100 was considered a decent speed tier again since the majority of the metagame wasn't like 120+ speed. The only really fast mon atm is Dragapult.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. ...not really though.
RhymeBeat Bird mom from Eastern Standard Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Bird mom
Jan 18th 2020 at 3:57:22 PM

Also both Z moves and Dynamax can be used by anything. Which actually mitigates it's usefulness as a balancing factor. Neither mechanic has really made any Pokemon better, while giving Megas to awful Pokemon have largely been good in making them more viable.

The Crystal Caverns A bird's gotta sing.
Kayeka World's biggest wannabe from Amsterdam Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
Jan 19th 2020 at 1:39:42 AM

[up]Only if you don't consider megas to be entirely distinct pokemon, which they mostly are.

People say I have a problem with authority. I say that authority has a problem with me.
RhymeBeat Bird mom from Eastern Standard Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Bird mom
Jan 19th 2020 at 7:37:24 AM

Their presence still gives weaker Pokemon SOMETHING.

The Crystal Caverns A bird's gotta sing.
M84 This is bad comedy. from Our little blue planet Relationship Status: Chocolate!
This is bad comedy.
Jan 19th 2020 at 8:02:58 AM

I mean, nobody gave a shit about Beedrill until it got a Mega Evolution. It went from being shit to being "Not the bees!"

Edited by M84 on Jan 20th 2020 at 12:03:16 AM

Disgusted, but not surprised
MJTrooper The Neutral One from California
The Neutral One
Jan 19th 2020 at 9:16:45 AM

So basically, the only Pokémon that deserve Mega Evolutions are the ones who aren't competitively viable.

Personally, I'd prefer if the 'net was a little friendlier, but you know the GIFT...
TobiasDrake Exposition Dragon from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Exposition Dragon
Jan 19th 2020 at 9:36:49 AM

Yes. Isn't that the same exact reason for why Game Freak usually comes out with new evolutions for Pokemon that didn't have a third (or even a second) form?

Giving Megas to the Starters wasn't a great idea. Mewtwo was an even worse idea.

And someone was high when they signed off on M-Ray. In addition to being one of those 680-Legendaries, Rayquaza was also given the special unique ability to Mega without holding a Stone, thus giving this already phenomenally powerful Pokemon an even more powerful Mega than all the other Megas.

Like. Again. If Game Freak's worried about balance, they can start by not doing that shit.

We don't need Mega-Legendaries and Mega-Starters. But Mega Beedrill is a perfect example of what Mega Evolution could do for Pokemon that were good in the early game, but fell by the wayside in the lategame and would pretty much get you laughed out of the competitive scene.

Drake's Razor: Never attribute to cold unfeeling logic that which can be equally explained by emotional outburst.
RhymeBeat Bird mom from Eastern Standard Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Bird mom
Jan 19th 2020 at 9:57:10 AM

Actually very few starters are really competitively viable on their own. Unless they get a kickass HA (like Greninja or Seroerior) they tend to falter in competitive situations.

The Crystal Caverns A bird's gotta sing.
Draghinazzo My love, has dressed me like a clown Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
My love, has dressed me like a clown
Jan 19th 2020 at 10:31:30 AM

Meganium for example is pretty trash.

It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. ...not really though.
RainingMetal from Eagleland Canada Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Jan 19th 2020 at 11:53:01 AM

Also it's a shame that during your regular adventure, you never get Hidden Abilities for your starter, instead being handed the old standard "Stronger attacks when weaker" cliche.

Edited by RainingMetal on Jan 19th 2020 at 11:53:11 AM

Waifu fans need a life(u).
Ultimatum ◕ ◡ ◕ Disasturbator from England Relationship Status: Holding out for a hero
◕ ◡ ◕ Disasturbator
Jan 19th 2020 at 11:54:56 AM

Meganium trashy status makes it an underdog that makes me choose chikorita every time,that or Totodile but never Cyndaquil

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RhymeBeat Bird mom from Eastern Standard Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
Bird mom
Jan 19th 2020 at 12:03:44 PM

I really am annoyed the the Ability Capsule arbitrarily can't switch a Pokemon to their hidden abilities. You spent 200 BP for the thing. Let me do what I want with it.

The Crystal Caverns A bird's gotta sing.
TobiasDrake Exposition Dragon from Colorado, USA Relationship Status: She's holding a very large knife
Exposition Dragon
Jan 19th 2020 at 12:31:38 PM

Double post 'cause reasons I guess?

Edited by TobiasDrake on Jan 19th 2020 at 1:34:40 PM

Drake's Razor: Never attribute to cold unfeeling logic that which can be equally explained by emotional outburst.

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