It’s a Pokemon world, we’re just living in it! The debut of Pokemon Go on smart phones everywhere last month became a smash hit and cultural sensation, but the fact of the matter is that Pokemon has been part of kids’ pop culture diet for two decades now; it transverses generations. A big part of that is Veronica Taylor, who that first generation of Pokemon fans will recognize as the voice of Ash, and the voice of Ash’s mom, in the English dub of the Pokemon anime that ran for eight seasons and several movies in the late 90s/early 00s.
Taylor’s credits include a long list of animated shows from both sides of the Pacific Ocean. You can hear her in the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as April O’Neal, or as Scarlett in the anime G.I. Joe: Sigma 6. Taylor’s credits also includes Slayers, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Mobile Suit Gundam, and the latest dub of Sailor Moon. You can also hear her vocal talents reading books written by Judy Blume, Danielle Steel, and Mary Kay Andrews, and in video games like Ape Escape 2, Grand Adventure, and World of Warcraft. Today though, the topic of discussion was Pokemon, and the legacy that Taylor has helped sew as we countdown the days to Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, where Taylor will reunite with many of the people that have made Pokemon, and continue to make it, the success that it is. (more…)
Pokemon is heading into space for one epic battle! Okay, maybe it’s not, but they did manage to hire one writer who’s been there and has done that. According to one report, it seems that Nicole Perlman (Guardians Of The Galaxy) has been hired to co-write the live-action Pokemon movie. In addition to Perlman, Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls) has also been brought on board to help Perlman.
While pretty much all the games in the main Pokémon series have retained an almost unrivalled level in popularity – note the barely lowered prices of any of them in second hand shops – the franchise has been rocketed back into the public sphere by the recent release of Niantic‘s augmented reality game Pokémon Go. Its sheer popularity has caused the servers to be under almost constant pressure, been incorporated in an MMA taunt and even inspired a range of sex toys. It has rebooted the idea of a live action Pokémon movie – not a new idea, but one that has been debated for a long time. (more…)
Pokémon GO, released on July 6th this month, has become a phenomenal success; it has become such a large success, in fact, that San Diego Comic-Con staff realized they had a problem on their hands—the panel for the game was originally scheduled for room 25ABC, a small room for less than 500 people. With how popular the mobile app had become, the space given for the panel no longer reflected the interest; SDCC staff decided to bring out the big gun, Hall H. The hall is an actual hangar that can hold thousands and thousands of attendees; this sacred space is usually for panels on the scale of DC and Marvel. The best part? The hall was still filled to capacity, with people pouring out the doors. People wanted the newest info on their precious game… and maybe a chance at a rare catch. (more…)
Even though it has barely been out a fortnight, Pokémon GO has already broken records for its popularity. Despite bug upon bug, glitch upon glitch and the servers almost constantly down, it has become one of the most downloaded mobile apps ever released. It has been mentioned in both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s campaign speeches. It has been Googled so many times that, at one point, it was more commonly sought after than porn and the search for ‘Pokémon’ on porn websites is becoming worryingly common as people just can’t get it off the brain. People are going crazy for this game, with countless fans storming through it, levelling up as high as they can and catching ’em all. (more…)
With the Pokemon Go app bringing re-igniting everyone’s inner poke-trainers, it’s not surprising that talk of a movie would come up. Nothing is finalized, but rumor has it that Legendary Pictures may be pursuing the live-action video game adaption. Taking a look at the numbers Pokemon Go has generated, it’s a no-brainer as to why Legendary would make such a move. Nintendo, which only has 1/3 stake in the Pokemon company, had a stock market spike of 25% thanks to the app, adding $9 billion in market cap. (more…)
Pokémon Go might be one of the most long-awaited games the world has ever known. Now that the first generation of Pokémon trainers are – at least – in their 20s, in charge of their own data plans and free to decide how far they want to roam, an augmented reality game that lets you catch your very own Pokémon in the real time is well overdue. Since Nintendo first announced they were working on a game like this, Pokémon fans all over the world have been buzzing waiting for their chance to fulfill their childhood dreams to be the very best, like no one ever was… (more…)
Fire birds, grass goats, water snails, dolphins, owls, crococdiles – fan theories about what fans can expect from the new Pokémon Sun and Moon games have been raging practically since February, when it would first announce that there would be more games in the series. Some of them seemed pretty convincing. A few had some sneaky back stories about journalists taking surreptitious photographs of sketches from inside the Game Freak building. There were some fine pieces of fan art that a lot of people really wanted to be real, some Pokémon that looked like they would be a lot of fun to play with. (more…)
Between the seemingly endless video games, trading card games, movies, manga and a TV anime that has been running for almost twenty years, the Pokémon franchise has touched the hearts of all kinds of people, bridging the gap between generations and continents. With two new games Pokémon Sun and Moon – and an inevitable third to complete the classic trio – announced for later on this year, it shows no sign of slowing down its legacy. (more…)
I know this column is titled “This Week in Video Games,” even though it’ll be on a bi-weekly basis. Unfortunately, “These Past Two Weeks in Video Games” doesn’t have much of a ring to it; you’ll just have to deal with it until we come up with something better. This week, we take a look at the launch of GTA Online (is it running yet?), the Battlefield 4 beta launches, and Valve unveils its new hardware, and maybe even confirms a certain game we’ve all been waiting for?
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