Playing With Imagination: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee!

Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s go Eevee! from Nintendo and Game Freak. As most might know, I’m a huge Pokemon fan. In fact, if I remember right, Yellow was the first game … Continue reading Playing With Imagination: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee!

Cracking The Case Of The Detective Pikachu Movie Trailer

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Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about the Live Action Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, coming soon from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

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What do you get when you take Deadpool, Pokémon, the uncanny valley and a movie based of a game, based off a spinoff from one of the biggest games ever? You get Detective Pikachu.

Rumors of a live-action Pokemon film have spread to Kanto and back, and during the era where video game movies were bad, fans had every reason to be concerned. Mediocre acting, miserable plots, and felt more like watching a game than seeing a typical movie. But things changed, hopefully, for the better when Warcraft hit theaters, and while critics didn’t think it was the second coming it should have been, fans LOVED it. It was the first genuinely good video game movie…possibly ever.

Fast forward to today, and we get Detective Pikachu, based on the Pokemon spin-off of the same name. The first exposure to something even resembling a live action Pokemon film was 2006’s Pokemon Apokelypse. It’s a fan film that garnered controversy for being an extremely dark take on Pokemon. Battle was similar to illegal animal fights, the dialog was mature and the story followed the anime rather than the games.

*Shudder* The rare time I’m thankful Hollywood didn’t go this route.

It cemented my belief that Pokemon should NEVER have a live-action adaptation, lest the corporate executives of Hollywood tear it down and claim yet another childhood victim in their never-ending crusade to ruin anything they get their grubby, sweaty paws on.

Maybe that was a bit dramatic, but the point is, I didn’t know if I even WANTED a live action version since the anime movies were more than enough. But Monday, we got ourselves our first real look at the upcoming live-action film and…

I’m not sure what to think. Before we delve further, let’s take a look at the story of Detective Pikachu.

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Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler

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Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Octopath Traveler from Square Enix.

 

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Back in the 90s, Japanese RPGs ruled the gaming scene. Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Wild Arms, Secrets Of Mana, Romancing SaGa, Xenogears. Too many to list, but this was the decade where JRPG franchises thrived. Today, some still exist, but the western franchises are the true dominant ones now. Dragon Age, The Witcher, Pillars Of Eternity, Divinity, Warcraft, and others.
But one game came out for the Switch that is not only a hotly anticipated title but one that hits all that nostalgic notes. I’m talking about Octopath Traveler for Nintendo Switch. It’s not about octopi, I assure you. It’s about eight seemingly isolated heroes who unite for a common cause. Each has their own history and their own story, but you can play all eight characters.
Going through their story would take forever and I’ve been meaning to talk about it for a long time. So I’ll just go through the nitty-gritty and explain the finer details of the game. Continue reading “Playing With Imagination: Thoughts On Octopath Traveler”

Playing With Imagination: Thoughts on Batman: Arkham VR (And PSVR overall)

Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Batman: Arkham VR from Rocksteady. I also talk about the PlayStation VR and discuss the concept in general.

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I was going to talk about a Nintendo Switch game, but I haven’t gotten far enough into it to talk about it, so instead, I have a new system (kinda). Recently, I bit the bullet and got myself a Playstation VR. I had an interest in PSVR (and VR in general) for a while and I wasn’t sure which ones to get. There’s the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and Samsung VR and whatnot, but I like a lot of Playstation stuff, so I have a VR headset to mess around with. Before we begin with the main game review, I figured I’d talk a bit about the VR itself and then move on to the game review itself.

So let’s jump into the many worlds of virtual reality.

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Playing with Imagination: Detroit: Become Human

Playing With Imagination is a series where I talk about video game stories and plots. Many video games have incredible stories and are often overlooked in our society. Today, I talk about Detroit: Become Human from Quantic Dream.

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Playing with Imagination: Detroit: Become Human

Ever since games like Dragon’s Lair, the concept of an “Interactive Story” has become pretty popular. Of course, you have game genres like First Person Shooter, RPGs, Platformers and Sports games that are still made, but this genre has both fans and detractors. Some enjoy the idea of playing a story, enjoying the narrative and drama, while some don’t see the point in making a cutscene video game, even though most of these games do let you control the character.

Quantic Dream has made its name for gripping tales, ever since Indigo Prophecy AKA Fahrenheit and making it big with Heavy Rain, their magnum opus. Their recent venture is a sci-fi story called Detroit: Become Human. This might be one of their best adventures in a while and contains one hell of a tale. I won’t give all of it away, but I will give my thoughts so far. So let’s get into it.

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Playing With Imagination: Video Games and Storytelling

Playing With Imagination: Video Games and Storytelling This part of the special is personal to me. Seeing Ready Player One in theaters is something of a joy to me, considering that movie made me love being a gamer. I’ve been one since I was a kid. I played anything I can get ahold of. Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, PC, even those crappy Tiger handheld games … Continue reading Playing With Imagination: Video Games and Storytelling

How Pokémon Has Influenced My Life

How Pokémon Has Influenced My Life Today is the 22nd Anniversary of Pokémon and what an amazing 22 years it’s been. Pokémon has been a huge part of my life and how I’ve made stories. In fact, I first started making Pokémon fanfiction to get my foot in the door. And while I do miss all of the characters I’ve made, I haven’t forgotten everything … Continue reading How Pokémon Has Influenced My Life