My current situation, new Pokemon and FF Brave Exvius

Hello, internet. Today I want to make a post about a couple of various themes. The reason why I’m putting them all together here is because I don’t think it would be worth it to make a full post for each of them since I don’t really have enough information and time to develop each of the themes.

There are so many things happening recently, like the announcement of a lot of new Pokemon, the western release of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius and some other personal stuff.

 

First of all, I want to say that I do have a lot of ideas for the blog, and I’ve been trying to post something for weeks now, but school is being so complicated this year that I just don’t find time for writing. I go to a double shift school, which means that I have normal classes in the afternoon and multiple workshops in the morning, so I end up spending more time there than in my own house. This doesn’t sound too bad, but it’s been affecting me a lot lately. Some days I have to spend up to 10 hours there, and I hate that; not only because I get home too tired to think straight, but also because it causes me a lot of anxiety. After a couple of days spent completely outside of my house, around strangers and people I don’t want to see, it starts to get really hard for me to sleep, my nightmares get worse and I end up isolating myself from the rest of the world, which makes it all a lot worse.

Basically, I’m not having a good time existing lately, and that affects my creativity. Because I’m tired I can’t think, and because I can’t think I can’t come up with better ideas. I could just vomit a lot of top 10s and random lists that anyone can make, but I want this blog to be full of my own analysis and thoughts, so I’d rather wait another week or month until I can write something interesting rather than posting low quality content.

 

Now let’s talk about the good news! New Pokemon were announced a couple of days ago. Not only that, they were leaked a day before the official announcement, so they released the announcement early. I’m not a news blog, so I’m not going to just report what happened, I’m not really sure how they were leaked, but this is something similar to what happened with the first announcement back in February. I wasn’t expecting that announcement and it did really take me by surprise. When I saw a tweet from Kotaku that had a picture of the new pokemon and said that they were real, I first thought it has a joke or a very good fake, but then I saw the videos and I started liking them.

The new pokemon are called Charjabug, Vikavolt, Bruxish, Togedemaru, Drampa, Tapu Koko and Cutiefly. To sum it all up very quickly; Charjabug and Vikavolt are the evolutions of Grubbing, who was first revealed at E3 and is now confirmed to be the early game bug type of the region; also, Charjabug could be called Charjabus and still be fine, because it looks like a bus or train. Bruxish is really ugly but cool at the same time, it has a good ability and people are already suggesting that it will be very good competitively; sometimes I accidentally call it Brexit. Drampa is the derpiest dragon type ever, some even speculate that it is Duncesparce’s evolution, but I don’t really think it’s possible, as they don’t even look or sound similar. Togedemaru is obviously the Pikachu clone of this region, it has a nice typing and I’m not sure if I like it or not; it looks like a mix of a hamster and a hedgehog, but with too much hamster. Tapu Koko was mentioned in earlier trailers, it is the guardian pokemon of the first island and I think I’m gonna have to cover it some other day because there’s too much to speculate on this one. Lastly, there’s Cutiefly, the cutest Pokemon ever, and definitely my favorite of all the gen 7 pokemon shown so far; when I play those games, I’m gonna catch one and call it Marzia.

 

Last thing I want to talk about in this post is that I started playing Final Fantasy Brave Exvius since the day after its release in the international play store, and I love it so much. It’s addictive, I like the gameplay a lot, the characters are interesting, and it is Final Fantasy. One thing that puts me off a little is that the game automatically set itself to Spanish and changing the language to English will take up some extra storage space. Spanish is my first language, but I don’t like it as a translation language for videogames, especially for RPGs. I’ll probably end up talking about videogames translations and my problem with Spanish translations sometime in the future, but not now.

One thing that I want to point out to is that the dialogs between the two main characters, Rain and Lasswell, really make me think that there might be something else that they don’t tell each other or the player. I’m not sure if this is something specific for this translation or if it is the same in every language, but the way they say the things they say makes me suspect many things. Almost every time the protagonists have a discussion, there is enough tension to make me wonder why they’re friends at all, I really wonder why Lasswell still follows Rain everywhere even if he never agrees with him. Anyway, I still have the full game ahead of me, so maybe these ambiguities will be cleared up later. Maybe my suspicions will become true, or maybe it’s just that these characters don’t really match very well together and the story is just awkward, but for now I’ll hope this is not the case and that there will be something deeper behind those lines of dialog.

Overall, this game is better than I expected. It’s so much fun, and starting early only made it better. Sure, there are almost no guides about it and I still don’t understand how half of the mechanics work, but I get lots of cool stuff for being there. I might write more about this game when I make more progress, but for now, this is all I have to say about it. Also, I only played one Final Fantasy game, Crisis Core, and I loved it, so I will try to start playing another one sometime soon, maybe I’ll share my gameplay here or something once I figure out which one of the hundreds of FF games I should play.

 

Before I say goodbye for today, I want to say one last thing: winter vacations. They’re not really vacations, but I have two full weeks free from school, so maybe I can make more posts during that time.

That’s all for today. If you want to recommend me a specific FF game, feel free to do so by leaving a comment on this post. Thanks for reading and have a great week!

On my way to completing the Pokedex!

When I played Pokémon Black, I knew it would be impossible for me to complete the Pokedex, not only because some pokémon didn’t exist in the wild, but also because I knew that the Global Link was discontinued for that generation and I wouldn’t be able to trade with players around the world for the pokémon I needed. But last year I bought Pokémon X, and now completing the pokedex is much easier.
Right now, as I’m writing this, I have seen 638 species and caught 587.

pokedex - 02-04-2016
At first the Wonder Trade was the perfect place to find lots of new pokémon, but now that I already have all of the most common ones, I’m not getting anything new there, so I turned to the GTS. So far, it’s been pretty good; as long as you avoid the shitty offers like “give me your Diancie and I’ll give you this Dedenne”, then it is an ok place. I got an extra Xerneas from the WT before I started using the GTS more often, so I used that to cycle all the legendaries I could.
I got kinda stuck with that for a while, I got a Mesprit, but for some reason I couldn’t trade it for the rest of the Lake Trio, though giving it an Ability Capsule solved the problem.

What I’m concerned about now is how I’m gonna get all of the pokémon that evolve by holding specific items during a trade. Getting the items won’t be hard, but finding someone to trade and trade back with will probably be the hardest part of completing the pokedex.
Fortunately, I’ve found out that Reddit has lots of users who trade with each other every day. I’ve even traded on one of those subreddits once and exchanged friend codes for the friend safari, so maybe that will make it easier to find people to trade with.

I’ll leave some contact information on the About page in case someone ever reads this and wants to trade or something.