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@Sullen: you mean actually Last Legend Episode Six in its PokéGearAdvance release, right?
^ So if "LL"="FF" then what would "DQ" be? Better question, what would "DQM" be?
^^Correct—although that particular entry is an odd one in the series for also featuring a Wailord as a second Water-type summon. Fans were bemused, to say the least.
Deoxys was also a key component of the plot in Last Legend Episode Seven, even though it barely featured in the other games of that Compendium for the most part...
Also, we can't forget the Torchic's Gulag series and its spin-offs.
edited 3rd Sep '10 8:53:13 PM by SullenFrog
A nice take on that.
A better question would be what would "MH" be and who the heck wrote that game.
I love this topic.
This also raises a rather big question—namely, if most kids are going around capturing Pokemon for a living, who has time for video games?
As Pykrete explained waaaay back, most kids start a Pokémon journey. Most kids also quit within the year.
edited 4th Sep '10 9:10:43 AM by Tangent128
Ah, yes, I forgot about that. Even so, one would think the video game industry isn't quite as big in the Pokemon world as it is in ours.
I also think Nintendo is a much, MUCH, more powerful organization. As all those mysterious, green-clad, delivery guys who give you special versions of normally one of a kind pokemon all claim to be Nintendo reps...
You think the pokemon games exist in universe? If every little kids begins a pokemon journey, but most quit, then there's a huge potential there to let those who quit continue their journey in video game form. Or is that getting a bit too meta?
^^ A lot of things we can integrate into the world with sufficient reinterpretation, but I think the Mystery Gift delivery men are just straight-up Fourth Wall violations. Or at least otherworldly figures.
^ Well, you see kids trading Pokémon on their GameBoys in the games...
They're probably classified more under Sports than RPGs, though. And if Legendaries are featured, they tend to be inaccurately depicted.
You got to wonder about all the other forms of entertainment. Are all media Pokemon-centric or not? Is there anything featuring Human vs. Human combat? What kind of anime series do they watch? What would be the equivilent to Real Life's trope heavy series?
Heh... Last Legend, that awfully sounds to close to the in-production The Last Story by the guy who created the original FF games... only this one is to be published by Nintendo.
^^ You just made me imagine Madden and Corso commentating for the League season. I'm honestly not sure whether it'd be better or worse than the schmuck they picked for Stadium/Colosseum.
The far more satisfying mental image was a halftime marching band on the League pitch. I've always imagined my Sceptile with a trumpet for some reason.
^ One imagines boxing and standard martial arts and such are still there. They've explicitly said they spar with their Pokémon a few times.
And Last Legend reminds me of Ri2 and his progressively absurd Jimmy Hart Versions...
edited 4th Sep '10 1:29:28 PM by Pykrete
Well, as I just realized, the anime has shown baseball exists, and the upcoming Black and White games depict American Football player opponents.
But still, you got to wonder how fictional entertainment has developed in a world where the fauna toss elemental attacks of all sorts. Does Magical Girls of the Magic Warrior variety exists? What of the standard Shonen Jump? Is there equivilent to Gundam or other Giant Robot series?
Although it does seem outside the pervue of this thread.
^ Well we do have an idea◊ of what Poke-NGE would look like, so there's probably at least Mecha Series in the Poke-world...
A truly Excellent work with the Lugia entry. Besides the Leviathan/Bahamut thing, here's de detail that the whole references to music also made me think of this art for some reason. (Link is SFW).
edited 4th Sep '10 4:37:48 PM by SilentReverence
My approach with it is just Like Reality Unless Noted, and then it's just noted a lot.
edited 4th Sep '10 6:35:17 PM by Pykrete
On the subject of Poke-World video games, do you suppose that there is a series of infamously difficult Bullet Hell games featuring a female trainer and her Heracross?
edited 4th Sep '10 7:02:03 PM by CaptainNapalm
Alright, working on Lapras. Considering it's increasingly rare and known for beauty and song, I might draw a lot of parallels to whales.
Lapras is a large aquatic (but amphibious) Pokemon, being on average 2.5m (8'2") tall and weighing up to and over 220kg (485lb) though larger specimens have been found as fossils. It has a large rounded body with four flippers (the fore flippers twice as large as the hind ones) protected by a bony shell, a long vertical neck, and a beak-like head with a single horn and curly ears.
Lapras has blue, scaly skin, but it goes soft and pale on the underside of its body, neck and head. The shell is typically grey and covered in large, blunted spikes. Specimens with purple skin have been known, but they are astonishingly rare in an already rare species.
Well-known for their capacity to understand human speech, Lapras are highly intelligent and can be easily trained to perform complex actions. Their shell is strong and lightly ridged, being relatively comfortable to sit on and also being a natural non-slip surface, and the protrusions make good seats and handholds; this combined with their great speed, strength and stamina, and their gentle, docile nature, make them excellent and comfortable water transport, which is the main reason for their great demand and resulting rarity.
Lapras also have very strong and high-capacity lungs, which allow them to make extended dives underwater to find food or to hide. This also gives them a great vocal capacity, and their main means of communication seems to be through complex and beautiful songs that echo for great distances over the sea. Recordings of Lapras songs have been in great demand among certain markets.
As they share traits of both the Water and Ice type designations, it should be no surprise that Lapras are at home anywhere on the sea, especially in the polar regions, and they can move even faster on ice than they do on water. Some are also found further inland, typically deep in watery caves, though they are rare and often poached by trainers. There have been constant rumours of a Lapras colony existing in Loch Lapp in Scotland, but concrete evidence still has not been found. Further detail on Lapras habitats is difficult to find due to the species being endangered and scattered.
Lapras are omnivorous, and have been documented eating both smaller aquatic and ice-dwelling Pokemon, scavenging from the corpses of larger ones, and feeding on plankton, aquatic plants and even going onto land to feed on tropical fruits and berries. Captive specimens adjust to a herbivorous diet easily, though occasionally require nutrition supplements to remain healthy.
Well-known for their gentle and docile nature, there are recorded times where wild pods of Lapras would be curious and unafraid of humans in boats and ships, but nowadays they are more likely to flee from human attention, often by diving underwater. Beached Lapras are often wounded, fatigued or otherwise vulnerable, and easily caught.
As a result, Lapras have been hunted to near extinction, and now the greatest hazard to catching one is prosecution. Most countries have banned capture of wild Lapras and trainers with one have to present permits or proof of owning it before the ban, or risk having it confiscated and facing charges. But not all countries uphold the ban, and the Big Five leagues have no restrictions regarding capture and use of Lapras, which has resulted in great controversy internationally and a Team Aqua splinter group has become well-known for harassing and impeding Lapras hunters, and recording and publishing their exploits.
One other possible reason for this great demand is that, though they rarely display it, Lapras are very powerful Pokemon. They do not evolve and thus require no special training or equipment to do so, and have been seen displaying a startling variety of abilities in captivity, including electric, psychic and dragon type moves. A cornered Lapras is quite capable of fighting off most amateur trainers, if it chose to do so.
While there are very few nowadays, Lapras travel in pods consisting of up to a dozen females led by one or two males. In times past, most Lapras found individually would be solitary males wandering the oceans. But over-hunting has broken up most Lapras pods, and today very few exist and most Lapras of both sexes are found wandering as individuals or in pairs, singing over the winds in search of others of their kind.
As a result of their rarity and usefulness, captive breeding programs of Lapras have been set up in several countries, though with a low success rate. While long-lived, Lapras are shy and breed rarely, and very rarely have more than one young at a time.
edited 4th Sep '10 11:29:54 PM by SabreJustice
You have made me feel sad with such a beautiful entry. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Also, the idea of a Greenpeace-like Aqua splinter cell sounds so strangely funny and sitcomesque that I wonder if it has been made into fanfic yet...
It's a jab at those guys who go around harassing Japanese whalers. I tried not to go too much into it, lest I bring up Unfortunate Implications and Flame Bait. (I'm Australian, and we have a fairly strong environmentalist streak, and my grandparents run a wildlife park... yeah, whalers are not popular. But I think the idiots in the boats are sending the wrong message)
Wait a minute, how can they be hunted to extinction if they're valued for their battle prowess? Are their shells and meat highly sought after or something, or were you referring to their wild populations being on the verge of extinction?
Wild populations, I'd assume.
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