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Arylett Charnoa
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  • I've been feeling rather depressed about many of the ills of society that I can't do much about. I was reaching a breaking pojnt of stress and then suddenly, I had to rush to the hospital to get my appendix removed. I was there two nights and was finally able to relax. Partly due to the post-surgical medications, but another part due to the comfort of my room, the great food, and most importantly, the very kind hospital staff. I met many people, but they all made me feel cared for and like I mattered. So in a weird way, I needed that. To be reminded of the good in humanity, to feel like a person again instead of someone lost in the sea of toxicity and world issues the internet often drowns us in.

    This section of the US I've moved to has been great. Everyone seems nicer and more cheerful, and genuinely helpful.
    InfiniteBakuphoon
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    This felt strangely good to wake up to, for many reasons. Maybe because it reminds me of how I’ve been longing for a new life of my own…but enough about me, haha. I know that life hasn’t necessarily been always that great to you and those close to you, so with that in mind, I’m so happy for you, Arylett! I hope that all of that goodness continues for you in your new life.
    Somewhat torn on deciding whether or not my fursona should be canine/feline. I'm veering towards wolf/fox at the moment though.
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    I always thought of you more on the former side of things than the latter, to be honest! But I say just go wherever your heart takes you!
    Arylett Charnoa
    Arylett Charnoa
    Cats are something of a recent thing to me, only brought on because the MMO I play is going to add a female cat anthro race in its next expansion. I've been drawing myself as canines since childhood, so I keep coming back to it.

    I'm always interested to see someone else's opinion on what fits me though! So thanks for that!
    Despite being 31 years old, I've never fully completed a Zelda game. I plan on remedying this by completing my first Zelda - Ocarina of Time. I've started the original. [I've watched others play several Zelda games before though, so I'm pretty familiar with some of them. Especially Ocarina of Time.]
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    Good luck! You'll be in for a fun time for sure. The game's aged far better than most N64 games in my opinion.
    Arylett Charnoa
    Arylett Charnoa
    @TheCapsFan I'm no stranger to ancient games, but I can definitely tell that OoT is above the rest. I'm honestly having a hard time NOT playing it, even though I have to take frequent breaks to prevent my hands from tiring. Great game so far. Definitely more fun to play than watching my husband.
    Replaying FireRed for the first in a long time. Gen 3 is so damn smooth and such a joy to actually play. With a romhack that gives me access to the original RBY music and Physical/Special split, this is probably one of the most fun Pokemon experiences I've ever had. I wish all Pokemon games ran at 60 fps like the GBA ones.
    InfiniteBakuphoon
    InfiniteBakuphoon
    I know, right? The 60fps in particularly is something that I noticed even back when I was a kid, and how it was so much better than those janky OG Game Boy games. I guess that the Gen 3 games didn’t push the GBA nearly as hard as the previous gens did their own systems, despite the former looking quite pretty for what they were. Those games, along with the Gen 5 ones (which, incidentally, had 60fps in battles!), are probably the only mainline games that I’d consider technically impressive for the systems that they were on. But in any case, I’m glad that you’re having fun with that blast from the past there!
    Arylett Charnoa
    Arylett Charnoa
    It's not as much a blast from the past for me, as I largely skipped Gen III and only picked up FireRed when Diamond/Pearl were about to come out, playing them exactly once. So this experience is largely new! I do know that Gen V has 60 FPS in battles too - but having that in the overworld as well makes such a difference.

    I'm used to Gen IV as HGSS are my favorite games, and I've noticed the more I play them, the more I get impatient with their clunkiness and how slowly I move. It's so tempting to press speed up on the emulator constantly. With Gen III though? I don't feel I have to press it at all. The game runs at the exact speed it should. I agree that they are technically impressive for their systems though - Gen V's moving alone sprites blow Gen IV out of the water. I feel these games might become my new favorites just due to ease of play and the fact that I find OG Kanto much more fun than Johto. [I also have only played through Gen I twice, so I'm not familiar with Kanto as much.] Even if I were to play the originals without the physical/special split and music.
    I erase literal holes into my sketch book trying to get a good drawing of my fursona. I often imagine when I'm gone that someone finds my sketchbook and theorizes on why I was so hellbent on this, and what the purpose is. Honestly, I couldn't answer them. But I will succeed one day.
    Between moving basically from one end of the US to the other and getting sick, things have been a bit chaotic. The dryness of this desert has affected me in particularly, as I used to live in a very humid environment. But I hope to jumpstart my art again soon as I stop being sick and get used to things.
    Updated for Gen IX - my favorite Pokemon of each type:

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    Think I'm getting the design down for my Fakemon, Serena. Another iteration, featuring colors, the shiny version, and how it can resize its crystals to look like wings for combat.

    Based it on an older design I made that was partially based on the domesticated silver fox. This fox variant resulted from a Russian breeding experiment that led to them acquiring the traits of dogs, like curled up tails and folded ears.
    I caved and decided to buy Violet as well. In spite of these games being inexcusably buggy, I still enjoyed Scarlet enough to want to take another go. Usually, I don't buy the second version. So this is a special occasion. I guess Gen IX really grew on me. [Also, get to avoid human interaction by trading the Pokemon to myself. Win-win. Though if any of you need a Pokemon for your dex, you can feel free to ask me. I have most of them already - just not Violet exclusives yet.]

    While some may call me part of the problem, I will note that I wasn't interested in Sw/Sh in the slightest and skipped out on most of Gen VIII. I don't feel obligated to buy anything - I only buy things I think I will enjoy, even if they have issues, and purchased this second version out of a legitimate love of the game.

    I won't be starting my Violet playthrough for a week after it arrives though. I've been distracted enough with filling the Pokedex in Scarlet, and need to focus on art and other things I need to do.
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    I’d rather doubt that one extra little copy sold after already having sold more than 10 million copies of the things in less than a month is going to make Nintendo or The Pokémon Company or whoever change their mind on anything, would be my response to anyone who’d call you “part of the problem” (that, and it takes much more than sales to make a statement, anyway). Not that you should have to justify anything to anyone, of course. In any case, I hope you have fun with it!
    Arylett Charnoa
    Arylett Charnoa
    @InfiniteBakuphoon Thanks for the reassurance, aha. Sometimes, the Pokemon community can get a bit uncomfortably passionate about peoples' monetary decisions. I do feel bad for liking this game as much as I do, even if it is so very annoyingly buggy. I'm sure I'll have fun with it all over again though. It's just nice to enjoy Pokemon again, because it's definitely one of my favorite series in the entire world.
    Tormenting myself continuously over my fursona/Fakemon yet again. One day, I will finish this thing's design... maybe when I die. I at least want to try to have something finalized before I get to the end of this sketchbook. [I have six pages left.]
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    Yet another concept for my Fakemon, Serena. You can find more info about it in this Google doc.
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    That’s some pretty incredible lore there, Arylett! It makes me kind of wish canon Pokémon lore always went this deep (even if the whole extinction of humanity thing would probably be something of a buzzkill for Game Freak, haha).

    Physical and special split TMs are also something that I’ve never seen before, and never would’ve thought of until now, actually; heh. I wonder if any ROM hacks have tried something like that? It seems so simple yet so right for some reason…
    Arylett Charnoa
    Arylett Charnoa
    @InfiniteBakuphoon Oh, thank you. I didn't expect anyone to actually read it. Game Freak can't really explore darker concepts in-depth because of how Pokemon must appear squeaky clean for children, but I find the creative potential within the series to be very inspiring, and wanted to do a kind of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon-esque thing except it is explained that humanity's now long gone.

    As for the TMs, I thought of them because my TM list was getting out of control. I wanted a wide variety of TMs from different gens [and I also have some moves I made up myself], but having them all listed as one was way too long. So I decided to sort them based on category. I'm not sure if any rom hacks have ever tried it though - but I say it would certainly be convenient. I'm glad you like it!
    Hey there. I just checked out your website more or less on a whim, and by extension your DeviantArt page via your provided links there. I’m sure that nobody has to tell you this — and that you’ve doubtless heard this from others countless times before — but I just feel the need to say this: you are one incredible artist! I’m especially impressed by your original works, and by just of the sheer volume of your creativity, really. It seems endless! You have an incredible gift — gifts, really — and I think that you should be proud of that. Again, I just wanted to come out and say that!

    In the meantime, I didn’t want to just do this out of the blue since we don’t really talk directly that often and I remember you mentioning that you can get sort of anxious about this kind of stuff, so… would you mind if I followed you? Because what I’ve heard from you here has always been really insightful and interesting, especially about the games and such!
    Arylett Charnoa
    Arylett Charnoa
    Oh wow, I certainly did not expect such kindness out of the blue. Thank you, I sincerely do appreciate it. Really. I actually do not get much in the way of compliments, as I tend to be left to my own devices, so it is nice to receive one once in a while. [Also, that website is kind of outdated, I tend to work on it on a whim. Eventually, it'll be refreshed with some stuff I've been percolating for a while now.]

    Yes, I have seen things from you as well, and I believe you also seem insightful and interesting as you tend to make longer, more well-thought out statuses than others.

    Following me though is no issue - it doesn't bother me nor cause any of my usual anxieties. So do so to your heart's content!
    Finished Scarlet after a week of binging. I generally enjoyed how the story was hands-off save for the near end. The conclusion was quite nice for a Pokémon game and as I held off on wandering too much, I wasn't overleveled and had a decent challenge with the gauntlet of strong opponents. Overall, I have a very love-hate relationship with the game. It has the potential to be a great game, but is so held back by its performance and multitudes of other issues. Like Arceus, it's a good stepping stone for the future, though I'm tired of stepping stones and want an actual polished Pokémon game which pushes the series to new heights.

    I can't say I regret my time with it though and I'll be trying to fill the dex now.
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