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  • Well, I'm pretty much finished with Arceus. A few dex entries weren't completed, but I think I've done everything else, up to getting a 50 streak in the endless battle mode.
    I stand by my initial impressions; this is my favourite mainline Pokémon game in a long time, possibly ever.
    Today was a lucky in Legends Arceus; a Cranidos and a large enough Buizel.
    After two days with Legends I'm finding myself wondering how many--if any--of the new gameplay elements will make it into the next generation, because I love most of the improvements but feel like they'd be very controversial if ported over.
    Well, Legends: Arceus is pre-loading as I type. Pre-release information and early reviews have been very encouraging so I'm not too worried.

    Not sure when I'll get a chance to play it but I'll probably post something in the early impressions thread.
    I won't say any specific spoilers but I find it hilarious the Legends Arceus leaks are doing a better job at making me interested in the game than the official marketing campaign did.
    So within the last year or so we've gotten two Bidoof themed videos.
    Is there gonna be something Bidoof related in Legends?
    takoyaki
    takoyaki
    I just got a Bidoof-themed email from the Pokémon Company.
    So...maybe a Hisuian form...? IDK, they just seem to really like Bidoof lol
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    WyndonCalling
    WyndonCalling
    They've explained on Twitter that this most recent video was actually originally scheduled for Bidoof Day last year, and then was pushed back to Christmas, and then was pushed back to today - so really, it was initially intended to be a BDSP thing.
    So in the last few days we've got a Dragon Ball take on competitive survival horror MP games AND a mascot platform fighter where Shaggy Rogers can beat up Superman.

    It's been a wild ride for gaming news.
    prog rocker
    prog rocker
    Don't forget the Nickelodeon platform fighter. Specially considering Garfield of all characters was found via datamine in the game.
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    prog rocker
    prog rocker
    Oh wait. Last few days. Nevermind!
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    Tip for ads and trailers made for video games: If you show 0 actual gameplay my imagination is not filling in the blanks with the most favourable possibility.
    I don't think this backlash is really about the Exp. Share, so to speak.

    For a while now the games have been slashing features more than they add ones and continuing to ignore what the fanbase requests while the price has simultaneously shot up. The Exp. Share got a decent amount of backlash and unlike something as difficult to add as the Battle Frontier or Dexit fixing it is as simple as putting back in a toggle. That they won't even go to that much effort says a lot.
    colours
    colours
    i feel like the framing of the conversation needs to be re-adjusted, then. if it's about the lack of options, then the focus needs to be more about that, than complaining about exp. share specifically, which is getting pokemon fans dunked on (justifiably, to be honest) and mocked on social media. it just comes off as "lol you really don't play anything other than pokemon do you".

    i feel that some people are really actually complaining about the exp share but when pressed for reasons why, they just say "well options are good" which is like, ok fine, but... that's artificial difficulty increase in a game series that's not particularly known to be difficult. i'm not exactly sure what having an option to turn it off would actually accomplish, as it's one of the things that stood out to me when i went back to playing pokemon after playing any other jrpg.
    Daren
    Daren
    Reframing the conversation honestly won't help; people also mocked criticism when the most expensive entries to date removed massive parts of the roster. Some people will simply defend the series from any and all criticism.

    The whole "every other RPG does it" argument is weak because the other RPGs do a better job at managing the exp curve.

    Don't get me wrong. I'd love if the greater fanbase could get a coherent joint list of all the issues that have been cropping up to pass around instead of hyper focusing on a single minor issue at a time like the tree fiasco.
    Of course then it'll turn into "they're being so demanding" because heaven forbid people think a full price console RPG from the most successful franchise in the world have at least half as much content as similar games on the same system, so honestly those of us dissatisfied with the current direction can't win.
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