Podcast Episode 21: The One About Pokemon

Check out our podcast episode this fortnight, all about Pokemon!

In this episode we go over our Pokemon origin stories, some thoughts about the real world implications and the ethics of the Pokemon phenomenon, and we battle our top 12 Pokemon to found out who is the very best in a totally “objective” and “scientific” way.

Dev blog #30 – First week of the new year

What a week! We had a fun time livestreaming LEGO Lord of the Rings, and in the end it was just under 12 hours. In the end we raised $110USD for Project Northmoor. We would have liked to get more attention around the cause, but we made a couple of new friends on the stream, as well as from our #DwarfNameChallenge videos. We’re making a few plans to get into streaming more, but it’s a balance between what we’re interested in streaming, and what people are interested in watching. We had some requests for various Star Wars games though, and that we are happy to do!

Efforts with all our usual projects continue as normal. There is further movement on Wonderland Nights, aside from the success of the Chinese version – the Japanese and Spanish versions are well underway! I have contributed to that a little this week.

I was filled with inspiration last night and came up with lots of ideas for the next game, the one I intend to do for the Nanoreno Game Jam this year. If you listened to the last episode of the podcast, you might remember this as the one with the working title ‘Demon Summoner’. At this stage I am only allowed to write notes to myself to plan the game, and not actually do any creation of code or assets, but I have a good start on the notes. The better my initial design ideas are outlined and laid out clearly, the better the actual design of the game goes – as anyone who works in computer programming knows!

Meanwhile on a personal note, I got back in Pokemon GO this week. Wow, the game has come so far from where it started back in 2016, which was when I last played. There is way more incentive to do just about everything that the game offers. This is good, as I remember getting quickly bored of the first iteration of the game. In general I have been getting back into Pokemon in a big way lately… who knows, maybe I’m going to end up streaming Sword and/or Shield one of these days…

Keep your eyes peeled for another post later this week… James has a review coming up that should be highly entertaining!

Nostalgia Lane: Pika pika!

Awesome news for Pokemon fans: I (Claire) am making James play Pokemon Yellow. See, he missed out on the Pokemon craze when it first swept through the English speaking world. He was a couple of years too old for it. But finally, perhaps through my nagging, or through meme saturation, or through the fact that I got a Pokemon pyjama shirt the other day, I convinced him to play!


The current line-up

He’s been regaling our facebook friends with tales of his journeys:


I’ve been feeling very nostalgic about games for a little while. Currently I’m playing Final Fantasy IX (maybe I’ll write a little bit about that soon 🙂 ) and the other day I went to the best little store I never knew about before… it’s called Vinyl Destination, and it’s in Birkenhead, Auckland. If you’re in town, you should definitely drop by. It’s like getting into a time machine back to the ’90s. We came away with House of M and World War Hulk for $10 and $6 respectively (a total steal!) and the Star Trek TNG VHS game!!! We’ll have to let you know what it’s like after we’ve played it. But seriously, this store had old segas in it, MAD magazines, it was just awesome!

So what are you nostalgic for? And are you able to play it still, or is it impossible to find now?