Saturday Gaming Tips: Competitive Pokemon playing by Christopher Hoffmann.

People would be surprised that the Pokemon franchise has a competitive circuit similar to the likes of Call of Duty, Street Fighter or even League Of Legends. To some, it may be crazy that a children’s game can be competitive. I bet you’re wondering, “How can someone play Pokemon competitively?”. Let me give you some five pointers that will help you out when it comes to playing Pokemon competitively.

1. Prepare your team.
The first obvious thing when you’re wanting to compete is building your team. As mentioned in the last article titled about “building your pokemon dream team”, build your team that will give you the advantage in competitive battling. Make sure you have a set core and theme on what your team’s objective will be.

2. Practice, practice, and practice
In order to get better in competitive battling, you gotta practice, practice and practice. Maybe you will find a better replacement to a team member that’s underperforming to expectations, or it’ll help find what to expect in the competitive circuit. The best way to compete is to battle such as either battling online, participating in some small regionals or even using Pokemon Showdown, a battle simulator commonly used by competitors in what is known by many as the metagame. By understanding the metagame, it’ll help you know what is commonly used and what can be countered with.

3.Psychologically prepare yourself
Pokemon battling is a game of prediction and strategy, as well as psychological mind games. You could be expecting to nail a super-effective move on your opponent, but he might decide to play you into a trap. Just like Chess or Poker, you have to expect this kind of stuff. Or in some cases, you might not expect things to go your way and that would make you frustrated. Just remember to never go full stupid, as that’ll make it hard to concentrate. Remember to keep calm and spot their mind game. Who knows? you might play them into your mind game.

4.Look at other competitive players for tips as well.
You have a whole arsenal of resources to help you with competitive battling such as TrainerTower, which provides articles on competitive players and teams that’ll help you out in battles. You also have youtubers out there like Wolfe Glicke who can help you out on what pokemon can be used in competitive battles and strategies. So if you’re not a big competitive strategist, they can help you out with the basics and even the use of some pokemon.

The last thing that is universal with everything is simply this

5. Have fun!
Sure, you may come out on top or on occasions you might have a bad first competition. In the end, having fun is the best thing you want to have in competitive battling. You can make new friends, acquire new pokemon from trades and get to travel to other locations. In a way, Competitive pokemon tournaments can be a pretty good time plan vacations as well.

In short, these five steps should be a bit helpful for anyone wanting to enter the competitive circuit. If you are more curious about the subject, here’s a link that’ll help you out learning more about competitive pokemon battling.
Trainer Tower

good luck and make sure to have fun

Thursdays | Dream A Good Dream

Warning: This post may contain controversial topics and will at times get political. If this is not your cup of tea, I would suggest checking out another post on this blog instead.

Dream a good dream. It seems like such a simple task does it not?  Have hope in something better is really all that’s being asked of you, and yet there is something hindering you – some trepidation to blindly place your faith in some unwaning desire for a certain thing to happen. But neither good dreams or all the hope in the world could turn my cynicism away. I’m enrolled in a Later African-American literature course, and our assignments for this week were to read a few letter from a few well-known and not so well-known names. Martin Luther King was among them, though I am not here to talk about his Letter to Birmingham. I’m here to talk about an excerpt from Between You and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

All of the leaders that Afro-American people look towards had a dream, a dream that their world would stop holding them at arms length and coo sweet nothings at them. They desired real change in society’s attitude towards them, they wanted to have something tangible for the strife their ancestors and themselves had suffered. And by God, can you blame them? When the amount of time that blacks have been free to be American citizens is less than the 250 years of slavery their ancestors suffered through, how can you dare blame them? Many will argue that Afro-Americans are trapped in the mindset of a victim, and in retrospect, they are not wrong. But even so, years of systematic oppression and hate crimes will do that to a person.

While little black boys and girls do in fact sit alongside little white boys and girls, there is still the undercurrents of racism. There are parents who whisper about the dark-skinned boy who comes to school looking a little worse than wear, or those who single out the melanin kings and queens with gratuitous misconceptions. And that’s just bullshit.

As a young black woman, I try to hold out hope and remain optimistic that one day the world will flow nicely, and everyone will be on good terms with one another. I want my six-year-old little sister to have a better experience than I had, to have a better outlook on life and the world she lives in than my parents. I want people to see beyond the chocolate of her skin, and see the smart sweet ball of energy that lies beneath it…

But that’s not where the world is right now. And it might not be there for a very long time. I’ll still try to dream a good dream in the meantime though. Who knows? The world changes faster than most are able to keep up.

Jaz Thomas, signing off.

The Monday Post by Kat!

This poem was inspired by a sleepless night and an anxiety filled day.  It represents the similar qualities between my conscious waking mind and the subconscious that resides over my dreaming mind.  I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I enjoyed writing it.

-Kat!

Heavy

My thoughts are deep and thick and long

And though I close my eyes, still they carry on

Like heavy bricks, they weigh me down

And when at last they have me, I breakdown

 

In fragmented thought, I can never maintain.

Frantic thinking, derails my mental train.

Spinning wheels, give no further gain

I scream from my horn, relentlessly, in vain.

 

There is no rest from the constructs of mind

Even in sleep no reprieve can I find.

No dream I dream is ever soft or light,

They weight heavily on me each night.

 

My coupious conceptions overwhelm me,

I have yet to find them absentee.

They are always there or so it seems,

I cannot escape them even in my dreams.

Sunday… but a little late

This week I’m going t share one of my favorite poems, The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Achieving your goals is no always an easy road. However it is always worth it.

Have a great week!

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

 

I Dream of VGs by Christopher Hoffmann: Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokemon Sun and Moon

Pokemon…the well known and biggest franchise that is known all over the world. 2016 was the game franchise’s 20th anniversary and with that, the release of the seventh generation of the series; a very long trip from the first generation of Red and Blue. Pokemon Sun and Moon is a very unique game that breaks away from the traditions of the various Pokemon games of the past. Some of which helped bring a new face to the series and revived the series greatly. Also, I’ll try to avoid spoiling vital plots of the game the best I can.

One such interesting aspect the series have brought is a change to the Pokemon formula is the “island trials”. From the first generation onward, you mostly fought powerful trainers called “Gym leaders” in which you traveled to each town or city to fight said Gym Leader to claim the badge. Sun and Moon introduced the “Island Trial” in which your MC has to complete in unique ways. In one Trial, you have to snap the picture of the new Ghost/Fairy type Pokemon Mimikyu, while another has you playing a game of “Spot the Difference”. Once you beat the trial, you get to fight a boss Pokemon referred to as a “Totem Pokemon”, which is a stronger Pokemon that has some strong buffs than usual Pokemon.

Alongside the Island Challenges is the introduction of “Z-Moves”, which are abilities that boost a Pokemon’s attack depending on the z crystal equipped and the move used. They behave similarly to Mega Evolution, as the “Z-Crystal” can only be equipped to the Pokemon and that you can only use one Z-Move per battle. However, unlike Mega Evolution, any Pokemon can use Z-Moves. This can turn any Pokemon into a  potential powerhouse.

In most versions, the only difference is usually what Pokemon you can find between the two versions and a tad bit alteration to the story. In Sun and Moon, they took it to a whole new level by having the time difference by 12 hours. For Example, if your internal 3DS clock is 7 A.M. in the morning, it’ll be 7 P.M. in the evening if you were playing Moon. This is mentioned in the story as the Alola Region (The region in Sun and Moon) has a 12-hour difference from the Kanto Region (Generation 1 Pokemon region).

Besides new Pokemon introduced into the game, Sun and Moon introduced”Alolan Forms”, which are redesigns of Pokemon found in Red, Blue, and Yellow. The Alolan Forms have a unique typing, overhauled designs, and even abilities. For Example, the walking palm tree Pokemon Exeggutor ends up becoming a giant colossal palm tree, as well as becoming a Grass/Dragon type Pokemon than a Grass/Psychic type. Though, it evolves from the small and adorable egg cluster called Exeggcute. Other Pokemon have their entire line altered than just their evolution, such as the walking pile of sludge called Grimer. Grimer, which was a Poison type pokemon becomes a technicolored Poison/Dark type Pokemon. Others become adorable and a complete overhaul, such as the fox Pokemon Vulpix becoming an Ice/Fairy type than the original Fire type.

Despite the decency and greatness that is added, there are some cons to the series. One of them is the exclusiveness in each version. Sure, I don’t mind having to trade some Pokemon, others don’t make sense. For example, the new dog Pokemon called Rockruff evolves into a wolf named Lycanroc. The Pokemon has a Midday Form and a Midnight form, both of which are determined on the time of day Rockruff evolves. However, the evolutions are forced into version exclusives, which to me feel pointless. Some of the clothing customization and features are also locked by version, which does feel kinda pointless as well. Pokemon should be exclusive to each version, but not facilities or customized items.

Despite that, the game is a pretty interesting change to the original Pokemon formula. I would suggest playing it to see the story or experience the uniqueness that Sun and Moon have brought to the Pokemon franchise. New players will find it interesting and veterans can love the changes brought on. Pokemon Sun and Moon is what the 20th anniversary needed.

Saturday Gaming Tips: Daylight Savings Time by Christopher Hoffmann

I’m sure some of you who are reading the title right about now are puzzled about the title. “Why are you talking about Daylight Savings Time on Gaming Tips?” Well, a lot of gaming consoles don’t have an automatic timer that some computers have, and with changes to the hour also means that would put some fatigue onto people as well. So to make your gaming experience protective, here are 5 tips to help you out as a gamer dealing with Daylights Savings Time.

1. Make sure you do change the clock before you head to bed
This can be a pain in the butt, since you can wake up and play Animal Crossing, only to find out that it’s 11 a.m. instead of 10 a.m., thus making early morning bug hunting a pain. Make sure that you change the time by one hour before the day. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about getting that confused surprise

2. Manage your game time while you’re adjusting to the time shift
It’s important to keep a healthy and well-rested body, even when playing video games non-stop. Sometimes, as a gamer, you will have those all-nighters that might put yourself in a pickle when it comes to your sleeping habit. Remember to take it easy and prioritize your health than your video games. Pushing that all nighter just for epic loot or power leveling is not healthy, especially from a body that needs to adjust to the time shift.

3.Expect “Timer penalties” when you change your console’s timer
Some consoles, like the Nintendo 3DS, may have games that will punish you for “changing the internal clock”. Mostly this is just either disabling daily events or a message that tells you to “Don’t do it again”. Don’t be alarmed, as most of it goes away in 24 hours.

4.Don’t panic if you’ve forgotten to change the time
sure you may have neglected about changing all the clocks in your house, but forgot to change the time on your handheld or console. Don’t freak out, it’s not like it’s going to be the end of the world. Just change it when it’s convenient and move on.

5. Ensure your clocks are all synched.
This one is a biggie as you might have your game clock synched differently than other timers. This can be a bit confusing for some timed events, such as Animal Crossing or Pokemon. The best tip is when you’re setting your clocks for DST, make sure that they’re synched up. Use your smartphone, as they’re a bit accurate and easy to check when you need to set time. (so long as your phone can automatically change)

with these tips, Daylight Savings Time won’t be a problem for the average gamer. So don’t forget to change your clocks on everything, including your game consoles

The Monday Post, by Kat!

As I live and Dream

I close my eyes and open my mind,
Then loose myself from the world’s bind.
As my consciousness slips far away
As I forget the way the world is placed
I build a world where inner demons are faced
The world within me lives at night,
For it knows that this is its give right.
I live twice as much in this third of hours
When the world outside ceases to be mine
When the sun can no longer shine.
I find myself aloof in a quiet field,
Or trapped by a man and knife he wields.
Sometimes I find myself happily in love.
Other times motionless, dead in the mud,
When I’ve failed to escape an unforgiving flood.
From all these lives I awaken just the same,
As when I laid down to rest my tired frame.
Outwardly I am no different from what I was yesterday.
Yet deep me inside things have changed,
From experiences I could otherwise not have gained.
Who I am you see, cannot merely be explained,
By the facts of the waking life I have maintained.
I highly doubt that you could not say the same,
Though you would say secrets, not dreams, are to blame,
While as to the cause, dreams are what I name.
Our reality very is different, yours and mine,
For me you see, there is no clear cut line.
There is no separation between body and mind.
What is outwardly expressed and inwardly confined
Are equally mine, and who I am is these combined.
So my dreams I will not reject
Even if doing so, will I, my ego protect.
I am the good and the evil of my subconscious.
And if, of my truest self I ever hope to gleam
I must see that I, am all I live and dream.