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Tonight I Dine On Squirtle Soup

Simply put, it is a fact that people eat Pokémon.
posted by Ghostride The Whip on May 29, 2014 - 30 comments

Let's get smashed!

"Smashing...Live! was a live, orchestrated performance by the New Japan Philharmonic of many of the songs from the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. Unlike most other video game soundtracks, which are essentially recordings of game music, all of the pieces for Smashing...Live! are completely re-arranged and fully orchestrated." [SLYPlaylist] [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Apr 26, 2014 - 4 comments

The Wisdom of Crowds

For the past three days, the world of streaming gaming has been riveted by an unlikely phenomenon: Twitch Plays Pokemon. Consisting of a live Twitch.TV chatroom hooked up to a classic Game Boy emulation of Pokémon Red, the program is set to recognize a limited number of commands and execute them in real time, allowing an audience of tens of thousands to collectively control the action as they watch. An astonishing amount of progress has been made, including the dramatic last-second defeat of a third gym leader (GIF) and the solution of a notoriously tricky puzzle on the very first attempt. But all for naught, it seems, as Team Twitch finds itself hilariously stranded on the ledges of Route 19 where, as one viewer explained, "they basically have to walk a small path for about ten spaces without anyone pushing down and jumping Red off the ledge," a grim democratic reality the dedicated subreddit /r/twitchplayspokemon has had all kinds of fun with over the last dozen ludicrous hours.
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 15, 2014 - 101 comments

7 Reasons Getting A Kitten Is Awesome And Also Terrible

'I can't sleep comfortably anymore, because she requires the exact center of the bed, meaning I have anywhere between 1-3 limbs dangling off the edge of the bed. Sometimes while she sleeps, in order to make myself feel better, I whisper to her, "I saved your life, I can take it away."' [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Nov 15, 2013 - 62 comments

Programming Language or Pokemon?

Programming Language or Pokemon? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Oct 26, 2013 - 54 comments

On matters of life and death (and animals assumed to be hoaxes)

The male 'Duck-billed Platypus' has venomous spurs on its hind legs. [more inside]
posted by panaceanot on Sep 26, 2013 - 41 comments

Gotta merge them all!

Pokemon Fusion lets you combine two Pokemon into a 3rd Pokemon that combines the traits of both. Some artists have fleshed out the designs.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Jun 5, 2013 - 32 comments

Minecraft: Can Make You Paranoid as Hell.

Videogames Are Drugs: Dorkly presents a few comics which compare videogames to their analogous drugs.
posted by quin on May 8, 2013 - 33 comments

Do you want to buy one 30 attack items for $0.99?

Introducing Super Monster Bros by Adventure Time Pocket Free Games! Where the characters are Pokemon (kinda), the gameplay is Mario (kinda), and the content will cost you up to $99.99 to unlock!
posted by Rory Marinich on Apr 29, 2013 - 75 comments

Leonardo da Vinci. Vincent Van Gogh. Pablo Picasso. Oliver, Age 24.

Oliver is 24 and he wants to teach you how to draw really good. Draw Voltorb! Draw Shrek! Draw Harry Potter! Draw the Mona Lisa (it's harder than you think!)! He will also teach you how to music really good if you like music, like dubstep! His friend Neef keeps trying to draw and music too, but no way is Neef as good at drawing and music as Oliver is!
posted by Rory Marinich on Mar 28, 2013 - 12 comments

Don't Go Alone Smoke This

Snoop Fairy's Weed Fountain [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 25, 2013 - 16 comments

Not the beedrills!

Nic Cage's face on all 151 first-generation Pokemon.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 22, 2013 - 26 comments

I'm A Princess

French group Golden Mustache contemplates the sex lives of various video game characters (video, English subtitles, surprisingly SFW, wait for Tetris)
posted by The Whelk on Mar 17, 2013 - 23 comments

Pokémon From Memory

Laura Bifano (previously) has not seen a Pokémon since she was 12, but she's going to draw them anyway. Sometimes she has help from her followers, who describe the characters they want her to draw. Noelle Stevenson (previously) did a similar project last year.
posted by capricorn on Mar 2, 2013 - 12 comments

"Tell me, Jigglypuff, when did you last let your heart decide?"

Professor Oak and Jigglypuff sing "A Whole New World" from Aladdin. [SLYT] CAUTION: amateur voice acting, general silliness ahead
posted by Rory Marinich on Dec 5, 2012 - 22 comments

PickachEEEEEERRRRGHAAAARGHGRRRRRGSSSSH

Circuit Bent Pikachu. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 15, 2012 - 15 comments

Pokémon, Paradigmatically

Pokémon, Paradigmatically
posted by naju on Oct 11, 2012 - 27 comments

make sure to feed her only sour poffins because thats what she like

"My friend traded me a Duskull and he called it 'Dudeskull'," or, Pokemon troubles
posted by Greg Nog on Aug 5, 2012 - 78 comments

"If the end is right it justifies the beans."

The Online Musical started as a 2010 University of Virginia student project to create an interactive online musical based on audience feeback , called Musical: The Online Musical. It continued after that project finished, moving on to mini musicals (Thomas Jefferson: The Musical, Pokemon: The Musical, Where's Waldo?: The Musical), and other musical works (a dub step treatment of Les Miserables). Their most recent project is less musical, more dystopian: The Beanie Baby Hunger Games. [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms on Mar 31, 2012 - 12 comments

Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, it's never easy when there is so much on the line.

Pokemon: Game Freak and Nintendo's series of cartoony monster-training RPGs that kicked off huge crazes among the kids of both Japan and the U.S. In these games, children take up the calling of "Pokemon trainers," capturing the titular animals and then keeping them as pets or fighting them against either wild pokemon or those of other trainers.
Nobunaga's Ambition: An even-longer-running classic series of historical strategy/simulation games produced by Koei. Noted for their realistic approach, their difficulty, and a high level of dryness. You grow rice, distribute it to your population to keep them happy, send out spies, guard against assassins, raise and train a military, and ultimately attempt to unite feudal-era Japan.
And now... Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition, a Real Thing that will Soon Exist.
posted by JHarris on Jan 1, 2012 - 26 comments

Pokemon just got much much harder

Rule no. 1: Catch the first Pokemon you encounter in each route/cave/whatever and nothing else. If you fail to catch it, too bad, continue onwards. Rule no. 2: If your Pokemon faints, consider it dead and release it. In 2010 a 4chan user posted these rules for making Pokemon more of a challenge, as well as a short comic on his exploits in a world where Pokemon can die. The "Nuzlocke" comic became wildly popular, spawning dozens of elaborate offshoots in comic and story form. [more inside]
posted by melissam on Dec 3, 2011 - 15 comments

GOOGLIZE

Magic cards with googly eyes. Also, Pokemon cards with googly eyes. Other things with googly eyes. More other things with googly eyes. (Via Ask Surprise [warning: PONY].)
posted by JHarris on Oct 29, 2011 - 41 comments

Emboar, is a pig that is on fire that is also a professional wrestler.

Chris Sims offers up a blow-by-blow rundown of a My Little Pony vs Pokemon wrestling match, complete with fanart. Nostalgic for the old days of Internet fight-based nerdery? Than poke around the Comic Book Universe Battles archive. My Little Ponies previously
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn on Mar 28, 2011 - 30 comments

"Welcome It's Elf's World"

"A Adept Arranging For Mother Volcano Bakemeat" [SLYT] Horribly-translated Pokemon bootleg makes "All Your Base" intelligible. Walkthrough: Part 1 of 18
posted by Fizz on Mar 22, 2011 - 4 comments

Gotta Catch Em All!

Favimon: Like Pokemon with favicons. [via mefi projects]
posted by sveskemus on Dec 16, 2010 - 43 comments

Paging Commander Badass

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things. The title should explain itself.
posted by lauratheexplorer on Dec 9, 2010 - 24 comments

Smosh's Pokemon Theme Song REVENGE

Five years and more than one hundred videos after their debut on Youtube, Smosh has released a video as a 5-year-anniversary celebratory video, taking stabs at the powers that be within YouTube. [more inside]
posted by MHPlost on Nov 28, 2010 - 13 comments

Cat Rackham, I choose you!

PORTRAIT-DEX! Cartoonists create Pokémon self-portraits, with all three evolved forms. Featuring, among other fine artists, Scott Kurtz (PVP), Box Brown (Everything Dies, Bellen!), Anthony Clark (Nedroid), Aaron Diaz (Dresden Codak), and Steve Wolfhard (Cat Rackham), who also runs the project.
posted by Gator on Oct 27, 2010 - 13 comments

Dear Dad

Letters to an Absent Father is a wonderful and touching comic strip that "takes place from the perspective of Ash Ketchum as he writes a letter to the father that he never met". [more inside]
posted by wander on May 20, 2010 - 21 comments

You know who else liked lightening bolts?

Hey children of the 90s! Remember back when all you had to worry about was corruption by Pokemon and Harry Potter? [DLYT?]
posted by mccarty.tim on Apr 10, 2010 - 34 comments

Do you kind of wish Pokemon cards had REAL creatures not FAKE creatures?

Do you kind of wish Pokemon cards had REAL creatures not FAKE creatures? [more inside]
posted by jonesor on Jan 21, 2010 - 34 comments

Moral panic and pop-culture for kids

Everything in life is real. A 1985 60 Minutes segment on Dungeons & Dragons (part 2) vs Pokemon is a tool of Satan vs The Truth About Harry Potter [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Dec 8, 2009 - 110 comments

Play 5,000+ classic video games in your browser

TheSmartAss.info's suite of Java emulators allows smooth, in-browser playback of literally thousands of old-school video games: 517 Atari titles, 148 for DOS, 636 Game Boy games (and 410 for Game Boy Color), 2,019 (!) NES titles, 238 GameGear games, 802 Sega Genesis titles, and 284 for the Sega Master System. Highlights include Space Invaders, Frogger, Galaga, Pitfall!, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, SimCity, Zero Wing, Duke Nukem, Sonic the Hedgehog, Aladdin, Earthworm Jim, Pokemon, and Metal Gear Solid. Use the search function to find your favorites! You can also register an account to save games on emulators that support it. Make sure to check the purple bar below each game for control info and links to alternate emulators in case the default one is buggy or slow.
posted by Rhaomi on Nov 30, 2009 - 54 comments

Alright! Let's go on a journey — through time and space! There are 95 Pokemon stamps! Let's get all of them!

"And much like Christmas, originally about the birth of a religious savior-figure named Jesus, is now about buying things for people and hoping that they buy more things for you, much how Easter, originally about the death of a religious savior-figure named Jesus, is now about receiving rabbit- or egg-shaped chocolates, now and forever Obon is about collecting all of the Pokemon." Japan, trains, marketing, pachinko, hordes of stamp-seeking children.
posted by silby on Aug 7, 2009 - 34 comments

Papercraft Designs, Models and Instructions

Got some time to kill? Well then, maybe you should start exploring the exciting world of papercraft! To get you started, here's a link to 100 free paper models and toys. Once you're done there, you might want to start checking out card modeling, build some skyscraper models, animals and motorcycles and when you get really good, faces of real people such as these. There's even some creative paper modeling websites out there for the kids and people who like Pokemon and Nintendo. And if all those links still aren't enough to satiate your new found lust for papercraft, check out this papercraft search engine for even more designs.
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 25, 2008 - 12 comments

It went for $142.51

After 53 bids, the Pokemon cards went for $142.51. (see also)
posted by Robert Angelo on Aug 22, 2007 - 25 comments

OH! DANGO! JAM

OH! DANGO! JAM Incredible little Japanese game, Tamagotchi + Pokemon + awesome music = great happy fun time. Z is attack, X is magic, C is defend, and spacebar is special move. Don't forget to save often using end -> data regist. [via]
posted by knowles on Jul 25, 2007 - 13 comments

Strange aeons

Cthulhufilter: "Amid the sagging gables of old New England, evil lurks ... and squirms, and scuttles, and purrs." Welcome to the scary world of Pokethulhu, the free RPG where unspeakable horror meets japanese insanity. You can download it here (bonus: art by John Kovalic on the inside). More Cthulhu Cuteness.
posted by darkripper on Nov 28, 2006 - 13 comments

I've always wondered if they were edible.

Alan Turner makes Pikachus out of cheese. And eats them.
posted by Faint of Butt on Jan 17, 2006 - 27 comments

Pokemon causes cancer

Pokemon causes cancer. Looks like they're not just limited to epileptic seizures anymore. (via Gamespot)
posted by riffraff on Jan 31, 2005 - 13 comments

Oh, the Japanity!

I had today off so I decided to take pictures of my Pikachu Obsession...
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 6, 2005 - 59 comments

It is well known

It is well known among the computer elite, who are mostly Atheists and Pagans, that Pokemon's pro-Darwinism propaganda is inescapable...
posted by isol on Aug 15, 2004 - 23 comments

APOCAMON!

APOCAMON! The Book of Revelations, Pokemon style. Yes, that's right. The really strange thing is how seamlessly the Pokemon elements fit into the story. Maybe St. John anticipated more than we thought... (PS: Those with a limited sense of humor about this kind of thing can probably already see where this is headed, and should feel free to just not click the link.)
posted by misterzoo on May 5, 2001 - 6 comments

Saudi Arabia bans Pokemon

Saudi Arabia bans Pokemon. La ilaha illalah, Muhammad-ur-rasul-illah, you betcha!
posted by jfuller on Mar 26, 2001 - 6 comments

CrackerJap

CrackerJap is a web site run by three guys who were hassled by Nintendo for using "Pokemon" in an HTML Meta tag in a file they no longer used online. Their web host killed their site instantly and they've only just found new hosting in the last few days. [There's a second reason they're interesting, inside.]
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jan 16, 2001 - 16 comments

This site

This site should get an award for being so long overdue. I'm surprised there isn't more pokemon backlash on the web. I don't know anyone over the age of 12 that doesn't hate them.
posted by mathowie on Nov 20, 1999 - 0 comments

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