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Darkwing Ducklett
July 23rd, 2013, 12:49 PM
...I'm sorry about the username, I really am, but it was either this or Scrooge McDucklett, and I knew if I went with the latter I'd never get the Ducktales Moon theme out of my head, and every time that rears its ugly head I immediately add brentalfloss' lyrics, and once I start singing all hell breaks loose. xD

Hi! I'm Darking Ducklett, and I'm new here. I've been a Pokemon fan for the vast majority of my life (I was about eight or nine when it came out; I'm now twenty-three...gods, that's depressing; I hate being old) and, like most people here (I think) I'm here to chat to some like-minded people, because now that Pokemon doesn't control the entire planet, people are a lot more reclusive about liking it, so it's hard to find anyone who does in real life...although I pick them up on Spotpass from time to time. A lot of people are playing B2/W2, somewhere. Evasive little buggers.

OK, that's the short version. What will follow will be a mini autobiography of stuff I like, so I can give any curious people an idea of what I'm like etc and maybe make some impromptu friends? Feel free to skip it. In fact, I wholeheartedly endorse skipping it. Mash that Square button! Or scroll. Whichever takes your fancy. Scrolling might be better in this instance, since most PC keys are a squarish shape.

Stuff I like outside of Pokemon, then? Classic cartoons! I'm a child of the early 90s, with a bit of 80s ad 70s for good measure. It doesn't get much better than the 90s versions of the various Marvel and DC superheroes...well, the less said about the Hulk, the better. But X-Men, Spiderman and Batman were all fantastic. Animaniacs, Taz (an acquired taste; I hated it when I was younger), Freakazoid, Pinky and the Brain, etc etc, are amongst my favourites as well, and I've probably seen every episode of the original Tom and Jerry (plus Tom and Jerry Kids) and Looney Tunes. Yeah, most people grow out of cartoons, but I never did. Never grew out of Power Rangers, either...well, I stopped watching when they replaced the original Turbo Rangers (was never really a car person anyway, but Tommy was in it until that point, and I worshipped the ground Jason David Frank walked on) but picked it up again with Lightspeed Rescue...gotta buy the DVDs when I have more expendable income than sense again.

That said, I don't mind newer cartoons either, so long as they've got a good story and/or are just plain funny...Ben 10: Alien Force won me over after the first series shocked and appalled me (I'm sorry, but Humungousaur singing is one of the greatest things, ever) and the TMNT reboot was alright...at least up to that awful Fast Forward series. Never saw the appeal of stuff like Phineas and Ferb, though. To each their own? Batman: The Brave and the Bold is probably my favourite, though...the Music Meister episode got me. Then Aquaman's Rousing Song of Heroism. Gods, what happened there? It's like the original live action series, only animated. Winning combo!

I'm a sci-fi fan! Who doesn't like Doctor Who. Well, I liked the old Dalek movie. I grew up watching Stargate, Star Trek (The Next Generation only, mind - Voyager had its moments, but the less said about Deep Space Nine the better, and I think the original series is a bit TOO retro for me...not sure about Voyager, it's a bit...weird. Like the new movies. Like the Star Wars prequels. It all feels too flashy to be set before something older than I am) and then when I was a bit older to appreciate things beyond "lasers, boom!" I was introduced to Babylon Five, Battlestar Galactica, Lexx, Andromeda, etc. Still haven't seen much of Farscape, though...the price of the DVDs is horrendous, and I'm re-watching Angel at the moment...anyone else think that was better than Buffy? Buffy DID have more Spike, but Angel was darker and grittier, and had better characterization...although it really needed a musical episode.

I read an awful lot as well, although I'm in a bit of a grey area with that at the moment. By that, I mean I'm stuck for something new to read so I'm re-reading all my old books again...I have more books than I thought. Mostly I read fantasy novels (most recent author I discovered was Trudi Canavan, although right now I'm going back through Terry Brooks' Shannara novels, after about seven years...he's released half a dozen new books since then, yay) although I went through this awful period during my teenage years when I read nothing but Star Wars Expanded Universe novels...I can still name about thirty Imperial Star Destroyers. Heaven help me. They were good books, in my defence. Well, for the most part.

Obviously, I'm a gamer...an RPG gamer, although I dabble in other genres as well. Except fighting games, because I suck at them, and racing games, because I get my fill of fast cars every time I sit in one with my grandmother behind the wheel. Oh, and sports games, because they remind me of how unfit I am and how I'll probably never even see a tenth of what I'm giving my players for a single match. I'm mostly on my PS3 these days, although I have a Wii-U as well, which is quietly gathering dust until the urge to play Monster Hunter sweeps over me again, or until October, when I'll get Wind Waker HD. Whichever comes first. I had an Xbox360, but I sold it, because it became a large DVD player when the PS3 dropped in price enough for me to buy one. It was a stopgap console for me, mostly because I didn't have the money for online and I didn't have any nearby friends for massive Halo parties. Plus I find trophies more satisfying than achievements, and on balance, the PS3 has a bigger and better JRPG library. I miss Magna Carta 2 and Tales of Vesperia, but I can live without them for now.

I also watch anime from time to time, although not much holds my interest these days. I finally pulled my finger out and watched Gundam recently - the Universal Century stuff, except for ZZ, because of the lack of Char, and Unicorn, because it's not finished yet and waiting for Hellsing Ultimate to end was bad enough - and I quite liked that. But all the popular stuff bored me: I didn't like Code Geass, Death Note ended horribly, Madoka was too short, Evangelion made no sense whatsoever to me, Dragonball Z gave me a headache (but, oddly, I liked Dragonball) and I pale at the thought of trying to catch up with titans like One Piece or Bleach. So I kinda pick things up on a whim and see where they lead me. My fondness for anime comes mainly from my childhood exposure to Sailor Moon, Digimon, Cardcaptors, Monster Rancher (that does count, right? I'm pretty sure it does) and Studio Ghibli movies.

Other trivial stuff...uh, I used to write fanfiction, but I gave up because I wanted to re-write the earlier chapters as I went through it and the whole thing got screwy. I wrote a fanfic featuring all the fourth gen Legendaries before the tenth movie came out, then got VERY discouraged when the plot for that one turned out to be better than my convoluted mess. The last fanfic I wrote was a one shot Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds fic shipping Divine/Sayer with the Earthbound that devoured him. Yes, you read that correctly. I used to RP - I was on Torrenta last year, for anyone curious - but health and time conspired to draw me away from it...plus there was the drama on there, which made it quite the unpleasant place to be. I sprite from time-to-time...I recoloured all the PMD sprites to make them shiny earlier this year because I got bored. I was going to do Primal versions as well but got a job, so that went out the window. I haven't picked up a pencil in about eight years now; my passion for drawing died after my art GCSE. I'm fairly good with forum skinning, but it's not my favourite way to spend my time. I sing a lot. Badly. Beware me on Skype, I spontaneously burst out into song; I'm like the worst sort of Disney character sometimes. Apparently I have an accent, but obviously, I've never heard it. Probably makes it worse. I could go on and on, but this has probably gone on for long enough and I should probably be thinking about bed soon, so.

That's all, folks! I'll close by saying I hope I didn't put too many of you off, and that my inbox is always open if you wanna chat...I'm a shy newbie who doesn't like bugging people because once he starts talking he never shuts up...or hadn't you noticed that? In any case, thanks for reading (or at least looking) and I'll see y'all around~

P.S. I reserve the right to edit this extensively. xD

July 23rd, 2013, 1:52 PM
Woah boy. You sure love to write! Welcome to PC!!

I'm alot like you though. I'm 21 and still love to play Pokemon.Yeah I know how it is with having a lack of people who are still into the games, most of my friends only like the first few generations. Part of me wish they could get past the nostalgia cause the games are still great in my opinion! I haven't taken advantage of spotpass features on the gen V games much though. For one I don't have a 3DS yet. And two no one nearby with gen V games. :( But that's okay that's why I'm on PC! You'll find alot of people to socialize with here and interact with on all aspect of the franchise. By the way, do you plan on getting Pokemon X and Y? You mentioned stuff about spotpass so I figured you have a 3DS already. I'm getting a 3DS just for X and Y cause they look promising so far.

You seem to have lots of interest besides Pokemon which is good! You and I like alot of similar things too. I love the old 90s cartoons alot. I grew up watching the Saturday morning cartoon on Kids WB so I remember shows such as Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain. And the 90s animated Batman series too which were really good. Once we got cable I'd watch more shows such as Spongebob , Fosters Home and Fairly Odd Parents. Your intro is rather nostalgic for me, those were the good days. :3 I still enjoy some newer cartoon such as Adventure Time, but alot of them don't have that same spark as they used too. You can talk about all of those old shows and others (like Doctor Who for example) in General Entertainment (http://www.pokecommunity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=29). You can also talk about anime, movies and music there too. As for video games, I'm not much of a gamer, but I do enjoy a few MMOs every now and then. I just mainly play the Pokemon games though, but really been wanting to get into more. I think you should check out Video Games (http://www.pokecommunity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=27) too cause you can talk about RPGs there and get hyped about the Wii U remakes of Wind Waker.

Really nice autobiography by the way! XD I don't think I've seen anyone write such a long intro before but it looks like you love writing lol. I like to write too something about it is fun. I've been wanting to write my own stories, particularly a Pokemon fanfic, but I've never had the time to finish it. I'll get to it eventually though! One last section I recommend is Fan Fiction and Writing (http://www.pokecommunity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=20). You can post any stories or poems you've written there. Members can read them over and give reviews and tips on your woks. There's alot of helpful users there so they can help you improve if you need it. But besides in that sections there's alot of helpful members so don't be afraid to ask me or other members any questions. There's also staff members (those in blue, orange , and red) who are really nice and can help you too.

As much as you wrote in your intro, I wouldn't be surprised to see you become very outgoing and active. I hope you are too! See you around and if you're ever up to chat you can send me a VM or Visitor's Message by going to my profile and typing right away. Talk to me anytime!

July 23rd, 2013, 2:05 PM
I've been a Pokemon fan since I was 7 or 8 and am 22 now.. we're not very different at all. :) In fact, I'd say that's pretty awesome that you can stay dedicated to a series that long! I certainly hope we can both continue to love Pokemon for a long time. The franchise is amazing and I can't see why it's ever worth it to give it up. The anime, games, merchandise, manga, cards... even if I'm not as into some of those as others, it's still pretty great to see how diverse Pokemon is and how much it brings to the table. Unfortunately it is hard to find people our age who play, though from what I noticed it might just be because they're good at hiding it, hehe. Streetpass is difficult and I've ever gotten one. :( It's so much bigger in Japan than here in the US, which is sad! I'd love to connect with more people. Went through the NY subway and public transportation a week ago and got my first (and so far only) one. Surprised that was all I got with how many people there are here?!

But anyway, welcome to PC, Darking Ducklett! Love the username!

Eeep, classic cartoons. I used to have a Looney Tunes video game that I was absolutely obsessed with. I'd play and play and play.. and lose because it was hard. XD; But there are a lot of great old cartoons out there, some of my favorites being Dexter's Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls, and Johnny Bravo. They're probably not as old as some of the ones you listed but old enough for me to consider them nostalgic. As AWsquared said, be sure to poke your head into General Entertainment. Not only do you get to discuss cartoons but it's also a wonderful place for things like music and anime.. and even books and sports, if you've got an eye for that. I'm not one for TV shows, usually, but that's because I'm just really lazy to watch any. I saw two episodes of Sherlock and loved it, though, so that counts, right? It was hilarious and the characters were portrayed so well. We've got a huge community here full of people who like all the things you do and it's even more wonderful that you're letting us know so much about yourself. I'm sure you'll have quite a lot to say on other topics as you've proved to be quite the talker. Or.. maybe you'll be burnt out for a while? 8D;

And hey, my boyfriend has been obsessed with Monster Hunter. It sounds fun but I've never played it.. my usual favorites are Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem Awakening, the occasional Kirby game or two, and Pokemon (of course). It seems like the off-topic boards will be more of your thing than anything else given your interests, but of course our Pokemon boards are just as wonderful. They're all comprehensive and full of wonderful people who are eager to meet others. :)

Have a great time here, Ducklett! Crossing my fingers that you stick around because your introduction has really proven to stand out! If you're ever confused about where to post what and the like, just ask our awesome members in the Questions & Feedback (http://www.pokecommunity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=4) board.

July 23rd, 2013, 2:12 PM
Holy similar interests, Batman.

Welcome to PC! This account looks pretty new, but I guess you could call me a veteran, and it's never too early to start networking with other members. Anyhow, despite the fact that I am several years younger than you are, I'm familiar with pretty much everything you mentioned... except for the bit in the novels section. I haven't watched much anime lately either, but have you tried looking at Attack on Titan? It's a very trendy series right now, which initially deterred me -- but believe it or not, it's very good. And if you like historical/vaguely post-apocalyptic settings, or people using sweet jet-pack gear to fight giants, then it might be worth looking into. Very reminiscent of Desert Punk in terms of aesthetic, if you've seen that.

Ah, I have to say that I am... young. Younger than you. I'm a wee babb, actually, sixteen years old. Most of the stuff I know about comes from TV Tropes, which is a valuable resource when it comes to learning about media before your time.

Sadly, I don't have time right now to compose a super-long reply, but let me say this: welcome to PC! o/

July 23rd, 2013, 2:35 PM
Hey there Darkwing Ducklett, and welcome to PC! My name is Zach, and it's a pleasure in getting to know you! {:3}

WOW! WHAT an intro!! Not to disappoint you, but I'll check it out later :p but I came here to welcome you! And it seems like my good friend Aaron (AWSquared) has explained the general gist of things around here at PC, so be sure to look around here and post however you want to! :D

As a reminder, please be sure to read the rules here so that you do not wind up getting into trouble at all.. the last thing we want to see from new members is them getting an infraction simply by breaking a few rules :(

If you have any questions, like my friend Aaron said above, please do not hesitate in asking anyone around here on staff.. they are the users with the bold usernames, and they would be more than willing to help you out whenever you need it! :)

Hope you enjoy your stay here at PC! You are more than welcome to send me a friend request if you wish! And you are more than welcome to send me a PM or leave a VM on my profile whenever you wish to chat with me! ^_^