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May 25th, 2015 12:26 PMBettyNewbieQuote:Eh, I wonder consider calling something "hipster" and calling it "cool" to be the same thing. I thought the whole point of being a hipster was to be into obscure things nobody has heard of. And of course, doing things "before it was cool" lol ;p
Quote:But yeah, I used to have a Blackberry. It was the first smartphone I got when I was due for an upgrade on my line. At the time, I had a Razr (remember when those were the cool phone everyone had to have (and now they're apparently in a museum)? lol
Quote:Well, even though I've been working on some Gen 3 stuff recently, I'm not abandoning my Gen 1 and 2 hacks, so I'll still be trying to keep it alive, and trying to bring the same style to my Gen 3 stuff as well. (that being the same hacking style, I mean).
Quote:Seriously. I know I got really lucky to make it through college without going into debt, but most people aren't that lucky. It's sad that it's gotten to the point where people start seriously considering stupid things like that just because they think it will give their kids a chance :/
Quote:I do tend to put more thought into Continuity than GF does it seems, although there is still a little continuity problem between Gold and Christmas that I've never fully addressed (I think the closest I've come to explaining how Gold and Kris are in this and just now leaving, but Gold's events already happened, is that Lyra did that stuff this summer instead, but that hasn't been stated anywhere that I know of).
(BTW, THANK YOU for not calling him "Ethan." That was NEVER a default or pre-selected name for the Gen 2 male PC, so it should ONLY be used for the HGSS version. The only "Ethan" in GSC is a Pokémaniac on the SS Aqua.)
Quote:But yeah, I do try to focus more on the story and less on the metagame. Like when I was replacing Pokemon for Christmas, it wasn't based at all on which ones were used in competitive play, it was on which ones I thought made sense with the story and the region. Which ones I could believably say were native to Johto but seasonal (for example, Obamasnow's Pokedex data says that he lives in the mountains and only comes down in winter in the canon games, so he appears in Christmas in mountainous routes).
A lot of hackers have a tendency to make their games "hard mode" and and stuff them full of "competitive" Pokémon and give every NPC a perfect "competitive" team. I'm glad that you don't do any of that crap. You put more effort into storytelling, which, to me, is one of the main reasons to make a hack in the first place.
Quote:Heck, even in Gen 1, there was a Gamefreak NPC who did nothing but go on about how hot he thought Misty and Sabrina and Erika were.
May 14th, 2015 09:55 PMBettyNewbieQuote:I do actually know 1 person, online, who has a Windows phone. You're right though, Android is the Windows of the mobile world (despite technically being a Linux distro) and Windows Phone is like... well, no, it isn't the Linux of the phone world because lots of people use Linux. Windows Phone is like some random Hipster OS you've never heard of.
Quote:Well, it's not really my first rodeo with Gen 3. I started looking into it back when they were still new (ie, before Fire Red came out) but I decided to stick with Gen 2. That was also the time that we were starting to get some crossover stuff from the German romhacking community and were finally able to edit Pokemon sprites and start learning how scripting worked in Gen 2 (the germans figured that stuff out a couple of years before we did it seems) so yeah, I stuck with Gen 2 and let people go on with their Gen 3 stuff. Then later I looked stuff up about it here and there, but never did much besides poking around in A-Map and all. But I know some of it now and the rest I can probably pick up really quickly nowadays when I get around to it.
Quote:It does confirm what I always sort of thought all along though. Back in the 90s when everyone else made a big deal about them, I was like "Those beanie babies aren't really going to be anything. F it, I'm gonna play with mine, because they're just plushies" so I had a few but I never went nuts about it like everyone else did.
It's sad, though, that someone would be so desperate as to invest in something like Beanie Babies, comic books, or whatnot, just to put their kids through college. College has become so unaffordable (yet necessary) for the middle class that it's driven people to these risky "get rich quick" schemes that almost always fail and leave them broke.
Quote:Again, I think Gamefreak are just lazy and don't think things through. I know I'm one to talk about that, but still lol.
Quote:No idea, tbh. I mean, I can see the scientist thing since there was the laboratory there and his other trainers were scientists so he fit right in. But why they changed him into this "Look at me, I'm a gentleman" thing is really random. "I live in a cave, but I dress like I'm made of money".
May 14th, 2015 04:22 PMBettyNewbieLOL, I was wondering where you were.
Quote:You're definitely right about that. Windows Phone is a joke -- to be honest, I forget Windows phones are even a thing until someone else brings them up.
Quote:Well, right now I'm theoretically working on a D&D campaign for people to play, so that's kinda like writing, but in a non-traditional way. And somewhere in here, maybe I'll start back legit writing too. Either way, hopefully I can do something about that whole "not finishing projects" thing by getting Red++ and Christmas finished haha.
Quote:Also, to add to the list of projects that may never be finished, Pyro and I have recently gotten into the early stages of rebooting Pokémon Sterling Silver as an Emerald hack like I think I mentioned before. Still too soon to really show anything or make a thread or anything. Just ideas, concept art, and that sort of thing for the most part. Guess we'll see where it goes!
Quote:Oh well, no big deal. To be honest, I probably never would have gotten around to trying to sell it anyway. That does make sense though, if it took them a long time to correct it.
This is the big reason why collecting fads are not something you want to build your future around. Just ask this family who went bankrupt collecting Beanie Babies.
Quote:What I personally think they should have done with Mt Silver is have it so it is randomly one of the two, OR if you have FireRed/LeafGreen in the GBA slot, it is whichever one matches your gender in that save. Wouldn't have been hard to do at all, but they were clearly just being ignorant. No surprise there, though...
Unfortunately, there was a pretty big obstacle in the way of doing that at the time: the DSi. Nintendo started to heavily push the DSi by 2009-10, which for GF meant phasing out the Gen 3 games. This was part of the reason for Platinum's Dex expansion, as well as HGSS' mere existence; they wanted to make it so you could complete the National Dex without RSE/FRLG/Colosseum/XD. While Platinum and HGSS still had Pal Park for people with older DSs and the older games, they didn't emphasize and promote Dual Slot Mode nearly as much as DP did, and this was why.
Quote:Hmm, considering that his Gym is on an island, the beach bum persona would have made plenty of sense if they had decided to go with it. It would have made even more sense in GSC/HGSS, since his Gym had burned down and he was literally living as a bum on a mostly deserted island.
May 4th, 2015 10:05 PMBettyNewbieQuote:Actually, in my experience, it's just as common (if not moreso) for people to have a Mac that dualboots Windows and OSX as it is for someone with a PC to want to make a Hackintosh. Bootcamp is software that Apple ships with OSX specifically to make it easier for people to do that. Which I told JD means "Apple knows you'll have to put Windows on there to actually do anything useful with it, so they went ahead and made it easy for you." lol.
I know there are Mac versions of the game, but I only have the PC versions and that was where he was getting the install disks for the games from. And I had an XP install disk lying around and spare product codes, so that actually seemed simpler haha. But like you say, the PC community has far more support in terms of modding. That's how it is with hacking too :p
Of course, where Apple does dominate over Microsoft is in the mobile market. While neither can match Android, Windows Phone barely exists compared to iOS. I'm one of many people who owns an iPhone, yet uses a Windows laptop. Mobile is clearly where Apple's calling card lies, while Microsoft's is in traditional desktops and laptops (which is why Windows 8 bombed).
Quote:I know what you mean about finding it hard to complete things, whether stories or hacks or any kind of project. If I had a nickel for every project I've legitimately finished, I doubt I could buy a can of store-brand soda. Oh well, trying to work on changing that. I keep saying I'm going to get back into writing, maybe one of these days I actually will. I'll let you know if/when it happens!
Quote:As much as I don't like the idea of Nintendo getting into the Freemium thing, I do think it would be nice if it means a lot of these ripoffs getting shutdown. Not sure if that makes sense or not, but it makes sense to me somehow.
Quote:/me adds a cheatcode where if you name yourself Tracey, your starter is Marill and your sprite is Tracey. (not really).
Quote:I do have a rainbow energy, but not sure if that's it. I was thinking it was a gym card, like Rocket's Minefield Gym or something like that (I forget the exact name, been years since I actually looked through and saw it, so not sure if that's even the right card) but it makes me wanna pull my cards out and have a look one day when I have a chance, for sure!
Quote:I've always thought Kris needed more love than GF gave her, especially when they replaced her in HGSS.
The games do not have a great track record with female PCs. Not only was Kris scrapped from the remakes, but Green was retconned out of canon (with only Red appearing on Mt. Silver in HGSS), and May/Dawn/Hilda/Rosa/Serena are all pretty obviously treated as lesser, secondary versions of their male counterparts, especially in marketing.
This could possibly be extended to female NPCs, as well, such as Sabrina's fanservicey makeover, or Lorelei and Agatha getting scrapped from Gen 2 while Bruno and Lance got to stay, or the simple fact that we still have yet to see our first female Evil Team leader. (And, let's not even get into the glorified Barbie doll that they love to shove onto us as the Ultimate Strong Female Role Model.) Just because Pokémon's better with women than other games doesn't make it perfect.
Quote:I can agree with almost all of those. But Blaine still doesn't bother me as much, since at least in the anime he wasn't even showing off that he was a gym leader in public, but then again his alter ego was a long-haired beach bum in the anime, so totally opposite from the classy gentleman look. And it doesn't make a lot of sense to look like a million bucks when your gym is in a cave...
It's possible that they originally envisioned Blaine as being more of an eccentric old hippie/beach bum type instead of a hot-headed quiz-master scientist, which the anime portrayal was a remnant of. Who knows?
May 2nd, 2015 03:52 PMBettyNewbieQuote:Ah yeah, in that case I can totally get where you're coming from. It's like when one of my friends would ask me to fix his Mac and I was like "Bro I barely know how to use a Mac keyboard, let alone fix it" but I did manage to figure out how BootCamp worked -- He wanted me to put XP on it so he could install Sims 2, so I was cool with learning how to turn a Mac into a PC xD
There actually are Mac versions of the Sims games, but from my experiences in Sims 1 fandom (not sure how it is with Sims 2), there are far fewer creating programs for Mac users than there are for Windows ones. Windows users get access to The Sims Transmogrifier (for cloning and creating objects), Rug-O-Matic (for cloning and creating rugs), SimEnhancer 3D (for changing Sims' looks and traits), SE Object Manager (for organizing and categorizing objects), IFF Pencil 2 (editor for object files), FAR Out (extracts the FAR files that come with the game), FAR Extractor (another FAR editor), Sim Wardrobe (another Sim modifier), and a bunch of others. Mac users, on the other hand, get IFF Snooper (an IFF editor) and FAR Sight (a FAR extractor), and that's it.
Quote:It was definitely fun. They usually were when they were creative writing, since they were small classes and we were almost all English Majors so we all knew each other as well. Sadly, it's been a while since I did much writing, but I want to get back into it.
Quote:Oh wow, I'm surprised they weren't hit with a cease and desist for that game, that's such a blatant rip-off. If EA could sue whoever made "The Ville" for it being an obvious rip-off of The Sims Social, I'm sure they could sue over a Pokemon/Mario rip-off if they wanted to. (In the case of The Ville/Sims Social, that was annoying. They tried to get them with it, then cancelled Sims Social anyway. So I started playing The Ville, which was still up, but then they took that down too. At least I never spent any irl money on either of them, because I didn't have to. Wasn't gonna spend irl money on a pretend dress for a sim xD)
As Nintendo starts to dip its own toes into the freemium market, we might start seeing them bring lawsuits down on the developers of Super Monster Bros, Pokedan Monsters, Micromon, Little Masters, and all 8 million of the other cheap knockoffs lurking in the App Store.
Quote:Well, I still *want* to include him, but the official stance at the moment is that he isn't in. I'm still considering making him available eariler in the game somehow, or buffing his stats a bit somehow like you've suggested, but I'm not sure enough to commit to one yet, so the official stance is still "Marill isn't in". But I do hope I can decide on a way and include him, because he's fun in his Marill sort of way.
Quote:That makes a lot of sense though. I wanna think I had a couple of mis-print cards somewhere, but I'd have to find them and look. Like I think I still had one of the Team Rocket cards that accidentally said "If tails, put damage counters on that Pokemon" without specifying how many. Which they then later released with corrected text.
Error cards are always worth a lot. Most of them were quickly recalled and fixed, so there are very few of them out there, and rarity=value. For example, while a Movie 2000 promo Ancient Mew is just about worthless, the Japanese version that was released a year earlier with a misspelling of Nintendo as "Nintedo" can net you as much as $90.00.
Quote:For example, if I made a fanfic version of Christmas, I'd have Hiro become a Breeder, Mei become a Coordinator, and Kris become the Champion, since that's what each of them do when they are an NPC and not the player.
Quote:I know, right? You'd think people would remember him since Crystal Onix was so popular, and was rumoured to be available in the games back in the day even though he wasn't of course. Nowadays, I think people in the community are more likely to think of me when they hear Mateo than they are to think of the CotD that I stole the name from xD
I guess the Crystal Onix, itself, was so popular that it completely overshadowed the COTDs, which isn't completely surprising. For the most part, the human characters always played second-fiddle to the Pokémon in the anime, for better or worse.
Quote:Some of the redesigns (or at least the new outfits) I wasn't bothered by. Some I didn't understand at all, but some were fine. I was ok with Blaine's design for example, while Sabrina's was clearly just fan service.
And, that's why, on the flip-side, I liked Morty and Pryce's redesigns. Their original designs made them look more like beach bums than the characters they were supposed to be, so the new outfits actually worked. Unfortunately, it seems like HGSS had more misses than hits when it came to character design, overall.
April 29th, 2015 07:01 PMBettyNewbieQuote:For the most part, I don't mind it. Usually what they want done is something simple, and I do know a good bit about computers beyond just the usual "I dick around on one all day" kind of stuff, so it's usually not a big deal. Plus they usually pay me for it if it's anything remotely complicated. I've also done that kind of stuff for other people too, either for free or for money depending on like who it was and stuff. Backing up and transferring files, fixing errors, re-installing Windows, whatever needs doing. (I can probably install Windows XP in my sleep at this point). But I know what you mean, still. It does get old to be in the middle of doing something and get a phone call because Granny's printer won't work, even if it isn't all the time.
Quote:I even made him the villain in one of my totally-not-serious stories I wrote for class. (He was attacking the administration building or the chancellor's house or something in an "iMech" to get back at them for not letting him graduate because he sent in all his paperwork as PDF files.) But that's just par for the course in one of our creative writing classes. The not-serious stories mentioning real people, I mean. He was the only one I knew of with a PDF file fetish. smh.
Quote:Exactly. I know at least now there is some extra popup that comes up asking you enter your age and warning about in-game purchases and making you approve them and stuff like that, probably as a response to those complaints. But even still, I know they have to be doing it because like you say, they know kids don't know it's using real money. And they know they can get away with it, because your authorized it in that ToS you didn't read but agreed to anyway.
What makes it even worse is that many of these games are cheap, crappy rip-offs to begin with, not even worth $0.01, let alone $5000. One of the most infamous examples is Super Monster Bros: Guess which two Nintendo franchises they're trying to leech off of?
Quote:Yep, totally quoting the G/S guide there :p Hopefully I can make Marill at least decent enough in Red++, even though I'm not giving him uber Pikablu stats.
As I suggested, the only way to really make a pre-Gen 3 Marill useful at all is to make it an early Pokémon. Stick it on a pre-Brock route, and people who didn't pick Squirtle will have a semi-decent Water type to get them through the earlier parts of the game when Water types are less common. Once Water types start to become far more common, Azumarill will have started falling behind, so you can stick it in the PC along with Butterfree, Raticate, and the rest of the early route Mons who got you through the first 3-4 Badges.
Quote:I never knew that for sure, but I always had a sneaky feeling that was how it worked. I mean I've never been a huge collector of much of anything so it wasn't something I spent a lot of time looking into. But I know that it's always the really rare things that end up fetching a high price. Like right now, a copy of PSO Episode 1 and 2 for Gamecube is really expensive, which is why I'm glad my irl friends still own copies so we can play it when we hang out. And like Shantae for GBC goes for some crazy prices on eBay these days.
Old Pokémon games, believe it or not, have become worth quite a lot. Unopened, mint condition boxes of Red are selling for as much as $500, and even one that's simply complete and still in the box (but not necessarily mint) can still set you back as much as $130. Even the Gen 3 games have started to jump in value, although obviously not as much as RBY/GSC. Pokémon games were designed to be played (duh), not collected, so not many of them were saved (especially the boxes) and they now have rarity and value.
Quote:People will always demand convenience when it is available, and that's just something normal broadcast television can't keep up with. It's why Redbox and Netflix killed normal video rental stores, and I'm sure streaming is going to kill normal TV. I'm sure TV sets will do fine, people still want a huge screen to watch their shows and movies on, they just don't want to wait around for the cable company to get around to showing it, they want to watch what they want, when they want.
Quote:The way I would do that is say have it focus on the male and the female the way it had Misty and Ash in the original. Both traveling together but doing their own things. They can have their own interests and whatnot, and both receive character development. Maybe they can both beat the league in their own time, whatever works best for the story.
Knowing the anime's writers, what I fear happening if they were to use game protagonists is they'd always make the male the hero and stuff the female into a "lesser" secondary role (most likely as a coordinator), which would be 1000x worse than the current setup with Ash never aging, IMO.
Quote:Yep, that's it! Everyone forgot about Mateo, so it wasn't as obvious as if I'd named myself Brock or something. Mateo is just a regular name, (It's "Matt" in Spanish) so people don't really think of it as a Pokémon reference in particular.
Quote:As for the design, I still prefer the classic design a lot, but the ORAS one is alright. It doesn't ruin Flannery for me or anything, but I do still like the original a lot more It seems a lot more natural and normal, suits her better, etc.
April 29th, 2015 04:27 PMBettyNewbieQuote:I remember my grandmother got a new computer and it had the much newer version of office on it. She asked me to help her get it set up and I had to look at it for a minute and say "Well, since we're both used to Office 2003, you know as much about this version as I do. But I'll do my best!" lol
Quote:When that guy kept submitting his stories as PDF files (after we were instructed to e-mail them as .doc files, and after half of the class complained that they couldn't open them) I started going out of my way to send him my critique in increasingly strange formats (while sending a copy to the professor as a .doc file). Like, one week he sent his story as pdf, I sent my critique as an excel spreadsheet. One week it was a fake Yu-Gi-Oh card (a continuous trap card with the same name as his story), etc. What I was planning to do the last time he was scheduled to have one of his stories workshopped was to quickly hack Pokemon Gold so NPCs made comments on his story, record me playing it on a VHS tape (totally doable without much effort because of all the junk I have lying around) and during class go wheel the TV into the room and play the video of my critique. The professor was cool with it, but I never got a chance to. He didn't submit anything the last time he was scheduled because someone had missed a day and they let her go instead. Once I told the class what my plan had been, a lot of people were disappointed, but oh well. </rambling>
Quote:But I know some people aren't so lucky and get some crazy bills from their kids playing ponies on their phone. smh.
Quote:And especially since Marill is the real-life version of Pikablu, you'd think that they'd have at least made him, y'know, good...
Quote:And you've got a point about the movie promos. They aren't a big deal at all these days.
It's a similar story with Pokémon cards. They didn't make too many 1st Edition Holo Charizards, and many of those cards were either lost or damaged over time, which is why they're selling for as much as $5500. On the flip-side, they made a zillion Ancient Mews to give out for free to kids seeing Pokémon 2000 in theaters, and the cards were pretty much designed solely for collecting (they were actually horrible in the TCG), so don't expect to get any more than $10 for one (and, that's mint condition and still sealed in the package, mind you).
Quote:I watch some TV on TV, just not in my room. And I don't watch commercials, because TiVo. Just wait a bit to start watching it, jump back to the beginning of the show, then fast-forward the commercials. Then again, the only shows I currently watch regularly in general are Doctor Who, Castle, Broadchurch, My Little Pony, Community, aaaand... I think that's about it. And since I don't get BBC America or Hub Network anymore, the only one of those I watch on actual TV is Castle. Other than that, it's just whatever I feel like getting after on Netflix or whatever other streaming site I find.
Quote:I still think it would have been better if each season of the anime started fresh with the game's protaganists in the proper region. That way kids who were watching it would be able to better see the parallels between the games they were playing and the anime that was based on it. Nowadays, kids don't even know who Ash was based on, because it was a player from a game that came out before they were born, and for those of us watching longer, it means Ash has to forget what a pidgey is because he went to a new region so the Pokedex can explain it again. So yeah, I can totally agree with wanting a breath of fresh air instead of bringing people back for no reason, even if I was ok with Brock being there at the time.
Quote:As for Tracy in a hack, I think Pyro and I were the only ones to do that for a long time. I *Think* Tracy might show up in the Orange Islands part of Liquid Crystal, but I'm not sure. I know Mateo and the Crystal Onix show up (that part tripped me up when I got there xD I was like "Wait, Mateo? Oh right, it's the guy I stole my username from").
I know Tracey appeared in that horrible "Pokémon Naranja" hack that was made years ago, but otherwise, you don't see him in many hacks. I have seen many fan-made sprites of him, though, including a rare GSC one here.
Quote:I think they said she inherited the gym from her Father or Grandfather or something, and she wasn't exactly awesome at the whole being-a-gym-leader thing, but she was obligated to. I'm not sure how much of that is from the games and how much is from the anime, but yeah.
Which Flannery design do you like better, RSE or ORAS?
- About Mateo
- Hey guys, I'm Mateo. I was the co-founder of the Skeetendo Inc. Hacking Group (before it was a community, when it was just me and Pyro). I'm still a huge fan of Gen II, and so I still enjoy playing and hacking those games. I'm currently working on a "Johto Legacy" series that continues the story of G/S/C that consists of the "Pokémon Christmas" hack, and an upcoming prequel called "Pokémon Spirits and Legends" (that currently has no thread here).
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