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Sorry for being a tad on the late side, everyone. I was busy. Busy playing VIDEO GAMES, that is! After all this time, I’m finally done with all of my schoolwork, at least for the moment. I only have to make some minor adjustments to one final paper and after that I’m going to have a week of FREEDUMZ again, followed by a semester that by all accounts will be far less exhausting than the one I just finished. It’s easy to see why.

At any rate, finalizing my last few papers didn’t come a moment too soon, because I bought myself a new game for my nice shiny 3DS I told you about a few weeks ago. By now I beat Super Mario 3D Land and I’m nearing the end of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, so it was high time to get myself my first physical game. In a move that surely won’t come back to bite me in the ass something fierce in a couple of weeks, I went for the most addicting game I could find: Pokémon X.

I don’t have hugely sophisticated reasons for choosing X over Y. Considering how easy it has become to trade Pokémon over the Internet, the differences between the two version are more minimal than ever. Hell, I only have to capture a Ditto somewhere down the line and I could easily breed a spare Fennekin so I can trade him for a Chespin and/or a Froakie. Nonetheless, Pokémon X was the version that had Houndoom in it, which I haven’t seen in ages but always liked, it is the version with the badass Charizard X, and it’s the version that has a crab with a giant fuck-off canon for an arm. More than anything, though, it is the version with the Legendary deer Pokémon that got me to watch the Studio Ghibli films about a year ago, and seeing how much I loved those, I figured I owed Xerneas one. So might as well catch him, right?! That seems fair.



At any rate, I’ve been playing this game for about 12-ish hours now, and I’m totally in love with it. I chose Fennekin as my starter because of course I did as he’s the best Fire-starter in ages. I promptly named him Mithrandir, under the assumption that if he’s going to turn into a badass wizard somewhere down the line, he might as well turn into the badass wizard. The rest of my team is still mostly undetermined. At one point I was considering taking JoyfulSanity’s advice to play through the entire game with an entire team of Eeveelutions, but ultimately decided against it. Part of the fun for me in playing Pokémon games is the whole teambuilding aspect of it. I want to play through the game catching new Pokémon where I go and building my team out of new and exciting creatures I just so happen to meet. So if I come across a cutesy li’l Tyrannosaurus who’ll turn into a badass Rock/Dragon dinosaur, you bet your ass I’m taking it with me! Getting six Eeveelutions, which you can do rather early, before the second gym even, would kind of spoil the fun for me. Although I’m sure that after I’ve beaten the game “legit” I’m definitely raising myself a Team Eevee just to show that I can.

So, what does my team look like now?
- First of all, like I’ve said, there’s Mithrandir the Braixen (but close to evolving into Delphox). He’s been holding his own pretty well, but I can’t wait until he evolves so he can finally make decent use of that Psybeam he’s been sitting on for a while now.

- Secondly, there’s a Sylveon. Because while I might not feel like making an all-Eevee team just yet, there’s no way in hell I’m playing through the game without at least one Eeveelution on my team. Sylveon, being the new addition and seeming a very decent Pokémon of the new Fairy type, seemed like the obvious choice. Also, you can high-five Sylveon in Pokémon-Amie. It is the best thing. Since he is a male I named him “Oberon”, because if he’s going to be a Fairy, he might as well be the king of the Fairies. (Had he been female, I would’ve named it Titania)

- Third, there’s a Honedge nicknamed Glamdring (spotting a theme?). I liked him because he’s a badass ghost-sword thing, learning all sorts of appropriate slashing moves. Plus, he’s going to turn into a ghost sword-and-shield which can switch on the fly between being a defensive wall and an offensive powerhouse. Can’t go wrong there!

- Finally, there’s a Tyrunt, which is the cutesy li’l Tyrannosaurus I mentioned before. I don’t have a nickname for him, unfortunately, but by the time he finally evolves I’m sure I will have thought of something. I’m not entirely sure WHY exactly I’m bringing him along, but he’s still a cool Dragon type so I figured there was no reason not to. I don’t know, this spot may be given to something else if it turns out he can’t hold his own.

The other two spots are still completely up for grabs. Right now they’re being filled up by an Ivysaur (I choose Bulbasaur as my second “starter” purely for nostalgic reasons; the original Pokémon Red was my first game ever, and I chose Bulbasaur as my starter back then as well. We go way back), who is still doing a very decent job, but it kind of feels like cheating to have two starter Pokémon in my party at the same time. His spot will probably be given to someone else, although I’m not sure what yet. But like I said, that’s part of the fun! And there’s a Gyarados, who at the moment is basically just filling up space. At this point, I would still like to have a Fighting type added to the group, but I haven’t come across any particularly worthy ones yet. Lucario is usually a safe bet, but I already used a Lucario during my Black 2 playthrough, so I’d like to switch it up. Someone who can make good use of Earthquake is also very welcome at this point, as is an Electric type as are many other things, come to think of it.

At any rate, it’s safe to say that I’ve been enjoying my time in Kalos a heck of a lot. I don’t know why, but seeing all those Pokémon fully modeled makes the game come to life much more than the sprites of old. While they had their charm too, they just don’t hold up anymore. Also you can high-five Sylveon now. I’m not that far into the game yet, as I’m standing right in front of the third Gym, but I can already tell that I’m in for some great Pokémonning goodness in the next couple dozen hours it’s going to take me to beat the Elite Four. And who know, maybe I’ll even start to play Pokémon X moderately competitively once I’m finished. I’ve never done that before, but since trading and EV-training has been made so much easier now, maybe I’ll take a shot at me.

Look out Pokémon trainers of the world; Oberon the Sylveon is going to fuck you up.

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