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The one thing Pokemon Black/White needs ...


So, earlier tonight, I was reading this interesting article at The Kartel about possible changes that would make the upcoming Pokemon Black/White more ineresting. It's not a bad read and there's some good suggestions in there, but there's one in particular that caught my eye: a more engaging story.

Now, The Kartel simply wants a longer story that goes all the way through the game and doesn't end with the defeat of an evil organization at or before the last gym. Seems simple, right?

No. That's not enough. What Pokemon Black/White needs is a NEW storyline that does not lean on the tired old story that's been recycled and regurgitated in many forms throughout the Pokemon series. It needs to be engaging and compelling, yes, but it also needs to be a bit different. Not radically different, mind you (Mario has gotten away with using the same basis for decades, yet each game is different enough story-wise to feel fresh), but just varied enough to be something cool and new.

So yes, there will be a rival. There will be an evil organization that wants to destroy the world/rule the world/capture all Pokemon. But there needs to be a new element, something that says, "Hey, this is why you need to play this game!"

The only problem is right now, I have a hundred ideas running through my mind, none of them concrete, and on top of it all, I'm not even sure what you fellow Pokefans out there would want to see as a new element in Pokemon Black/White's story. Because, let's face it, the game's got to sell well or this whole new story element idea gets shelved forever for the next Pokemon games.

So let me ask you guys and gals out there: if there's a new element to the Pokemon story for Black/White, what should it be?
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About Brian Szabelskione of us since 12:13 PM on 02.11.2007

Oh, hi there. Didnít see you enter. Anyways, welcome to my humble little blog. For those of you not familiar with who I am, the nameís Brian. Iím 24 years old and hail from Findlay, Ohio. I work at the local newspaper here as a copy editor, putting my four long years of college to actual use. Kind of. I think.

For those of you who might recognize me from elsewhere, I work as Assistant Gaming Editor over at Blogcritics Gaming and as Features Editor over at Tomopop. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it because I get to do a lot of cool shit with a lot of cool people.

I've been gaming since the relatively young age of around 3 and I've played plenty of games, both good and bad. I'm continuously expanding my gaming collection, which has become more of an archive in recent years as I'm focusing on collecting older, less well-known titles. You'd honestly be surprised on what people are missing out on in bargain bins...

Other than gaming, I love anime, manga, sports, movies, TV, and a whole lot more. I also happen to have something of a legendary love for Cammy, to the point that I am the site's unofficial official Cammy fanboy. And yes, I do play as her in Street Fighter and do so quite well, too.

Also, I am Chad Concelmo's B.F.F., my prize for coming in first in The Great Retro Quiz .18 - ActRaiser. Accept no substitutes. Not even Aerox.

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