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  1. BettyNewbie
    1 Week Ago 03:50 PM
    The GBA was one big missed opportunity for GF. I think part of the reason was its short life span. They had a good 6-7 years each with the GB/C (1995-2001) and DS (2004-2011), while the GBA only had 3 (2001-2004), so they had more time to perfect the games on the other two handhelds than they did on the GBA. (Of course, I don't think anyone could've guessed that the GBA's successor would come out less than 5 years after it, especially when you consider how poorly received the DS was at first.)

    Gen 3 was pretty much the "Red/Blue" or "Diamond/Pearl" stage of the GBA games, but unlike the other two, GBA Pokémon was never allowed to progress any further than that. I might've been interesting to see how things would've gone had they pulled a "Gen 5" with DP and released them for the GBA instead of the DS.
  2. BettyNewbie
    1 Week Ago 10:39 AM
    If it's not broken, why fix it? The GSC backsprites were that good.
    Yeah, but you expect to see new backsprites with a new Generation (and a new handheld), and not all of the revamps even looked as good as the originals.

    The palette in the GBC and GBA is the same, what changes is the amount of colors displayed on screen, and the GBA is capable of displaying at least 10x more colors, but for some reason they made odd color choices, and the art itself wasn't as good as on Crystal.
    As I said, these were clearly GF's first GBA games, so they clearly hadn't gotten the hang of 32-bit color yet. Everything in the Gen 3 games had this washed-out, blocky look (especially in RSE) that, in many ways, looked worse than GSC (which, at least, had bright, vivid colors), and the sprites seemed to revert back to RB standards of quality in many ways. The "animations" we got in Emerald were piss-poor compared to the ones Crystal had.

    Well, there are some Pokémon which look bad in both, IMO (like Gyarados)
    Gyarados is an odd case in that its best early Gen sprite is arguably its Red and Blue one. Unlike most of the RB sprites, Gyarados nicely resembles its official art, and it looks powerful and imposing, as opposed to looking like a deformed eel (RG, Gold, and RSE) or a mashed-up ball of scales (Yellow and FRLG).

    Gyarados' best sprite, overall, is its HGSS one. It looks powerful and imposing (as it should), as well as nicely shaded and colored. The DS games had some very nice sprites (with the possible exception of a few from DP).

    I singled out Crystal because GS didn't have many good sprites for 2nd gen Pokémon.
    The Legendary Dogs come to mind here. Raikou didn't even resemble its official art!
  3. BettyNewbie
    1 Week Ago 07:45 PM
    You shouldn't be into 3rd gen's look. Its sprites are quite ugly and inaccurate. The colors are messed up, too. It's a shame because the GBA was capable of very pretty graphics.
    Ugh, I know. How in the hell did Houndoom have a worse-looking sprite in RSE/FRLG than it did in Crystal? And, almost all of the Gen 1-2 backsprites were just lazy revamps of GSC ones (like again, Houndoom). I mean, I get that these were GF's first GBA games and that they basically had to rebuild the games from scratch with RS, but was this seriously the best they could do?

    It wasn't even just the Pokémon sprites, but also many of the overworld graphics and tilesets, especially in RSE. Rusturf Tunnel literally looked like a cheap revamp of GSC tiles (and in an ugly shade of green, too).

    All you need to do is look at many of the Gen 3 hacks here (like Light Platinum, for example) to see what the GBA was truly capable of. Maybe, GF's games would've eventually become that if the GBA had not been so short-lived.
  4. BettyNewbie
    2 Weeks Ago 11:06 PM
    I hope you caught the irony when I said you're also biased because you wanted a Kanto remake based on your favorite Kanto game.

    Something tells me you didn't.
    I'd prefer a Yellow remake above all, but I wouldn't mind Red and Blue (screw Green) so long as they were quality and had enough new stuff to make them worthwhile. In other words, so long as they weren't FRLG.

    (Do I really seem that humorless to you? )

    You SPRITE? How come you've never told me that?
    Ah, I guess you've seen the Red++ thread. Yeah, I can do some spriting, mostly RBY/GSC style, but also DS style to a lesser extent. (Not into Gen 3's look, so I don't really bother with it.) If you want me to make anything for you, I'll see what I can do.
  5. BettyNewbie
    2 Weeks Ago 08:34 PM
    Torterra is PU, and I love Torterra. IMO the Sinnoh starters were the best in the series.
    Torterra's slow and has a 4x weakness to common Ice attacks. Grass starters usually get the shaft, I'm afraid.

    I'm not sure I can agree with you about the Sinnoh starters. I can definitely tell you that I much prefer Blaziken to Infernape; better, more original design (monkey Pokémon are kind of lame, in general) and also stronger as of Gens 5 and 6. In fact, the Sinnoh starters, in general, all feel a little overdesigned for my tastes.

    I do like how GF attempted a "reverse-effectiveness" triangle with them, though, although it sort of backfired when they made Empoleon weak to both Torterra and Infernape. (Water/Ice would've fit the triangle better, even if it's a worse typing than Water/Steel. Plus, it makes more sense for a penguin.)
  6. BettyNewbie
    2 Weeks Ago 12:31 PM
    There's a lot of cool stuff in PU. Kinda shows how unfair the game can be.
    And, the sad thing is that if a (fully-evolved) Pokémon can't succeed in battling, then it's pretty much useless for anything but HM Slave duty, and some can't even do that (like the early game Bugs, Unown, or most of the Legendaries stuck down there).
  7. Pinkie-Dawn
    2 Weeks Ago 12:00 PM
    Yes indeed, though Dawn is still favorite after what they did to Serena last month.
  8. BettyNewbie
    2 Weeks Ago 05:31 PM
    My laptop is an ultrabook, that's why it doesn't have an optical drive. I sorta regret the purchase because LG were patriotic and cursed the laptop with their stupid Korean layout, so ? and / have horrible placement. It runs fast, though, thanks to the SSD.
    Remind me to never buy an ultrabook.

    The PU tier is something that's supposed to mean it has a bad smell, I don't know exactly what it means. It stands for nothing. But Smogon tiers have stupid names. UU I think was coined before Smogon was created (I remember threads mentioning UU as far back as 2002), but NU came after, and RU a bit later on.
    Yeah, how convenient that the lowest tier has a name that means "it stinks." Why couldn't they have just called it "Never Ever Used," or something like that? Answer, it's not elitist enough.

    Vogons is a gold mine. It hosts the DOSBox support forum, and these guys know A LOT about old PC games and hardware. DOSBox is the most "legal" emulator you'll find, since it emulates an old IBM PC and most old games that aren't abandonware can be purchased on GOG or even Steam, although at varying levels of butchery (original unnecessary files missing, music compressed in lossy format, etc.). The MAME/MESS* devs don't think too highly of DOSBox, but it gets the job done.

    *MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) and MESS (Multi Emulator Super System), these are sibling projects that attempt to accurately emulate every arcade machine and console in existence. MAME is already well established, but MESS is in its infancy. These guys are super finicky about accuracy, which may be a good or a bad thing. It's good because, well, accurate emulators are always desirable, but bad because accurate emulation is a huge resource hog.
    That sounds like a pretty cool site. It's great to see that someone is putting all of that effort in to preserve vintage video games.
  9. BettyNewbie
    2 Weeks Ago 10:03 AM
    To answer your question, I think the old games will never be forgotten. They'll have to divide spotlights with the new ones, but there'll always be people dedicated to them.

    Heck, if something like Vogons, where you'll find support for the most obscure of PC games, exists, I doubt the old Pokémon games will be forgotten.
    Heh, I've never even heard of that site. Thanks for the link!

    Of course, the older games will always have their fans, but it seems like that group is getting smaller (or, at least, less vocal) every year. Nowadays, the average person who started with Gen 1 is in their mid-late 20s, many even in their 30s, and are starting to become more occupied with boring adult things like work, bills, and even starting a family. They just don't have as much time to play video games and hang out online anymore.

    The fact that there aren't many Pokémon fansites actually dedicated to the older Gens doesn't help. Even if there is a section for older Gens, Gen 1-2 discussion will inevitably get drowned out by newer Gen discussion, as that's what most people care about. As I said, I think ROM hacking is pretty much the main thing keeping the older games alive at this point. (Thank goodness for Gens 4-6 not being as hackable as Gens 1-3!)
  10. BettyNewbie
    3 Weeks Ago 09:16 AM
    Wiki is wrong, we have it. But to install on my laptop I'd need to burn the disc first, because it lacks an optical drive.
    Your laptop doesn't have a CD player? My, have times changed...

    Luxray is PU. This depresses me.

    It has a very high BST but it doesn't have very good moves and its Speed is quite bad. It also has to compete with Electivire, who's better at almost everything. For a start, Electivire has the elemental punches, while Luxray is stuck with the fangs. Luxray does have better abilities than Electivire, though (Intimidate and Guts).
    I hate the PU Tier, to be honest. Smogon can pretend all they want that "PU" means "partially used" and is completely free of judgment, but then, they write things like this:

    If the OU tier were analogous to a grand castle where the royalty party and the Uber tier were analogous to the dungeons beneath the castle where those deemed too powerful for the royalty were imprisoned, then the PU tier would be analogous to a garbage dump. It stinks, everyone knows it's there but never really notices it, and everyday, the rats and cockroaches enter it and rummage through its contents.

    Sometimes, they find nothing but standard trash that they have to make do with for a meal. Many times they find trash so revolting that it isn't even worth picking up. Occasionally, though, they come across a piece of trash that looks different. Something new.

    This article explores the garbage dump of PU and shows you some of the innovative trash that has been dug up since the creation of the tier. All of the sets shown below are ones that were once hidden away but have since become standard. Some of these are Pokémon that were never taken seriously, yet sprung up and are now comfortably stuck onto teams. Some of these are Pokémon that take on a completely different role from what players are used to. Some are just Pokémon with slightly altered movesets to perform their existing role better. Whichever the case, these sets are living proof that PU is a tier full of potential and constant development.
    Yes, now, they are literally calling Pokémon "trash." Pokémon that a lot of people may consider to be their favorites. Just, wow.

    As for Luxray, I think it's always suffered by not being part-Dark or any other type. Mono-Electrics are a dime a dozen, so they have to be really good (aka. Legendaries) to get anywhere in competitive. There's a reason why the only Electrics in OU are usually either dual type and/or Legendaries, after all.

    Plus, Luxray's slow and only has average, at best, defenses. So, it can neither strike first or take hits all that well, which is pretty much the last thing you want in competitive.
  11. BettyNewbie
    3 Weeks Ago 09:03 PM
    Aw, that stinks.

    Did they release Mega Deluxe down there, by any chance? That gets you everything up through Hot Date, plus all of the Deluxe exclusives. All you'd need after that are the individual Vacation/Unleashed/Superstar/Makin' Magic EPs.
  12. BettyNewbie
    3 Weeks Ago 10:00 AM
    Well I think it was in 2002... I remember my dad upgraded the PC because I was having problems running Hot Date and when the PC came back I never bothered reinstalling the game for some reason.

    I do still own the CDs, though. Party Pack (standard The Sims + House Party), Livin' Large and Hot Date. Amazingly, the boxes survived, too. They're from when PC games had big boxes. I love how it says on the box that it's "completely in Portuguese". It was one of the rare localized games. Thankfully, none of the humor was lost in the translation.
    Heh, that was the year I started playing the Sims.

    I still own my old Deluxe (Base Game + Livin' Large and a few exclusives), Vacation, and Superstar CDs, but really, they're all obsolete now that Complete Collection exists. You get all 7 Expansion Packs, plus all of the exclusives from Deluxe and Double Deluxe and even a few things that were exclusive to the website. Since a lot of Custom Content requires certain EPs to use, it's best to have them all. Plus, having all the EPs also means having a fully-patched game.
  13. BettyNewbie
    3 Weeks Ago 09:16 PM
    Last time I played The Sims, my dad was alive, I wanted to be an engineer and I had trouble making friends at the new school...
    Which, I assume was a very long time ago.

    It wouldn't hurt to give it another go again. Copies of Complete Collection aren't hard to find online, and Sims 1 still has a pretty large online community.
  14. BettyNewbie
    3 Weeks Ago 08:59 PM
    Well, I admit that in HGSS I went overboard and used Mamoswine and Draco Meteor Kingdra to beat Lance. I had to Pokégen Kingdra and Alakazam since I was on Desmume, and Desmume doesn't have "wireless" (not to be confused with wifi) connection.
    LOL, well, that'll do the trick, too. Nothing wrong with going overboard.

    Tyranitar was supposed to be a surprise. That's why no trainer had it.
    You could really argue that about most Gen 2 Pokémon. I always found it both hilarious and sad how most Johto Gym Leaders had all or mostly Gen 1 teams, and how most Gen 2 Pokémon were either extremely rare or unavailable until the very end of the game (making them 100% useless outside of competitive). I can see why later games invented the idea of "Regional Dexes" and made more of an effort to promote the new Pokémon. For example, the only Gym Leader in Hoenn who didn't use any Gen 3 Pokémon was Wattson, and that was only in RS.

    Well in Blue I had the Missingno. and the shop in Celadon that sold stones.
    Neither of those things were in Gold, though.

    Bruno does have a "theme". He uses Onix alongside the Fighting-types. Koga also sort of has a theme, too.
    Bruno, I think, is supposed to be a mountain man, hence the Onix (which should've been a Steelix in GSC, IMO); didn't make him any less of a pushover though. As for Koga, he's supposed to be a ninja, hence him having Forretress (which can lay down Spikes and explode).
  15. BettyNewbie
    3 Weeks Ago 08:04 PM
    I think certain characters would be worse with mono-Dragon teams. I like Lance's team in the classic games because it seems that he's more of a "dragonshape" trainer than a proper Dragon specialist. I mean, I like it when he has Gyarados, and Gyarados is only a Dragon in shape. My favorite Lance team is his R2 Stadium 2 team
    I think Lance would've been better as a Champion if he had something more like his Stadium 2 team (like replacing the dupe Dragonites with Feraligatr, Steelix, Tyranitar, or even Ampharos), but as he was, he was just too easy. (Even to the point of being easier than Clair in many ways.) His team was still monotype, but it was the "wrong" monotype--Flying--which made things an easy sweep for anything that knew BoltBeam. Granted, you could say that he was made artificially harder by the lack of Ice Beam and Thunderbolt TMs, but there was still Ice Punch/Thunderpunch, which Kadabra, Alakazam, and Gengar made very good use of back then. He badly needed some things that weren't weak to Ice/Electric.

    which I sadly never replicated because I ran into some issues (I couldn't spend Earthquake on Aerodactyl and I couldn't evolve a Growlithe with Crunch since I only had Gold version)
    Ah, the days from before reusable TMs and readily available Elemental Stones. How did we ever get by?

    If I had a Gameshark for Game Boy back then my life would've been so much easier! I'm sure dad could've found me one, but he was on his last legs unfortunately. What I really wanted, though, was a second Transfer Pak, to trade with myself, but I've never seen the Transfer Pak being sold outside of bundles, especially considering how few N64 games made use of it. If I had two Transfer Paks, and Gold and Crystal, it would be great.
    I think what most people did was buy a second Game Boy and a link cable for self-trading. That's how I ended up with two GBA SPs, myself.

    It's a bit frustrating when they're not monotype but on the other hand it makes enemies more varied. Karen's team was more "nocturnal-themed" than Dark-type, considering Vileplume and Gengar are nocturnal Pokémon. Steven is supposed to be a mono-Steel Champion, but having Armaldo and Cradily fits him because of his obsession with stones (they're fossils).
    With Elite Four members and Champions, they should've just gone ahead and referred to them by more general "themes" instead of explicitly calling them monotype trainers, because then, people wouldn't have expected them to have strictly monotype teams. Maybe, we could've avoided tragedies like Glacia and DP Flint.

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    Basically someone who started playing Pokémon in 1999 and never grew out of it. My first version was Blue, which I still have somewhere but I'm pretty sure my GBC doesn't work anymore anyway.

    I have severe OCD, so when I play I make up some "conditions" for my teams. Usually, my Pokémon's names must all start with different letters (used to mean that the Pokémon's *actual* names should start with different letters, so no Houndoom and Heracross together, but since I nickname I've made this condition more flexible), there must be no repeated types, and their general sizes can't be too different (a somewhat flexible condition). Yes, I'm weird like that. My ID also can't contain numbers I hate, so I restart the game until I have desired ID.

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