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You haven't played these Pokémon games, but you should

Not only have you not caught them all — you haven't even played them all.The Pokémon-playing community has proven to be one of the most industrious groups of fans this industry has ever seen. That tenacity is built into the franchise's very nature. To fully complete a PokeDex in Pokémon X and Y, you have to collect over 700 discrete monsters, either through catching, trading, evolving, transferring from previous installments or obtaining from timed Wi-Fi or real-world events. To even attempt high-level competitive play requires hundreds of hours of breeding, battling and pure, dumb luck. Despite the truly gargantuan amount of time demanded by the core series, there are fans who demand more — and fans who create more. Since the early 2000s, fans with the knowhow, software and artistic...
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This college student turns Pokémon cards into handpainted art

Reddit user Lunumbra caused a stir earlier this month with her hand-painted Pokémon cards. The user, a college art student named Micah, started painting backgrounds and environments on the cards to add detail and life to the previous artwork. She currently has a tumblr where she sells her cards for $12 each, and accepts commission projects. We caught up with this Poké Artist to ask how she got started. Polygon: Where did your inspiration come from? Micah: I came up with the idea after seeing 3-D cards that a friend of mine had made using Magic: The Gathering. I thought they were cool, but my heart is with Pokémon cards, so I began searching for extended art Pokémon cards instead... and couldn't find anything. How did you get started making them? A few months after the initial...
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The 'true' story of a Pokémon game that turns you into a murderer

There are two versions of Pokémon Black: the one you know and the one that will make you a cold-blooded killer.The former is the first game of the fifth generation of the series, first released alongside Pokémon White in Japan in 2010. The other you is quite different. Rumored to be found in a flea market in 2005, the small chunk of plastic and circuit boards looked like any other copy of the Pokémon Game Boy games, except for one key difference: the cartridge was jet black. And its purpose is to make you kill, kill and kill again. The story of Pokémon Black Pokémon Black — so an unnamed author says — starts as Pokémon Red and Blue do, with Professor Oak outlining the practice of capturing, training and battling Pokémon, and with the player character waking in their own bed. But...
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I caught every Pokémon and it only took most of my life

The road to catching all 719 Pokémon was paved with a childhood's worth of free time, a healthy commute and one very promiscuous ditto. I've played every generation of Pokémon and every version since it came to America in 1998. I remember my first hit: I was eight, and my parents thought it would be a great idea to travel from our home in New York all the way down to Florida. Being the rather "spirited" child that I was, they knew the vast beauty of America's coast would be lost on my five second attention span. Out of necessity to keep me occupied, my mother decided this crazy new Pokémon fad would keep my infinite repository of energy in check. I've played every generation of Pokémon From the second I turned on the Game Boy Pocket I was hooked. It was like nothing I had ever played...
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Why Pikachu may soon be as iconic as Mickey Mouse

The silhouette of three slightly-overlapping circles is, in most cultures, instantly recognizable and unmistakable for anything but Disney's anthropomorphic mouse, Mickey. He's been in cartoons, movies and video games, his silhouette is plastered on Disney merchandise and he's the mascot for some of the world's biggest and most profitable theme parks. Mickey Mouse is a pop culture icon, and arguably one of the biggest in the world. But there's another rodent in popular culture that could dethrone Mickey: Pikachu. Best known as the star of the Japanese franchise Pokémon, Pikachu has a legitimate shot at the title of most iconic animated character. It's been in a video game series that has sold more than 260 million copies globally. It's part of a trading card game that has shipped more...
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Robin Williams' Genie may be immortalized in World of Warcraft

Wowhead.com, a World of Warcraft database site, found an NPC called "Robin ," in the data for the upcoming WOW expansion Warlords of Draenor. The NPC is associated with a 3D model that looks an awful lot like "Genie," the chatty genie that Williams voiced in Disney's popular animated film, Aladdin. The model appears to be a djinn. There are two other Robin NPCs, also coming in with patch 6.01. The character's presence appears to confirm the story last week that the beloved actor (who died on Aug. 11) would be immortalized in the game. Genie is one of Williams' most well-known performances, and Aladdin one of Disney's highest grossing films of the 1990s. WOW super fan Alix Hope — also known as The Sha of Happiness — found the model a fitting tribute to the actor and his love...
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To win this board game you must become an anime character

One of the most popular games on the floor of this year's GenCon was a Japanese import called Tragedy Looper. First published by BakaFire Party in 2011, the English language version made its U.S. debut at the Z-Man Games booth last week in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tragedy Looper is a deduction game mixed with light role-play. One player takes on the role of the Mastermind, while the others take on the role of Protagonists. The Mastermind hopes to sow death and sorrow in the lives of the characters on the game board, while the Protagonists work together to prevent the same. What makes the game unusual is its time-looping mechanic. The game takes place inside one of 10 unique scenarios that come in the box. Each scenario lasts a certain number of days, which are represented by game turns....
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The best Pokémon videos on the web

For a decade, Pokémon videos have been a staple of YouTube and pre-YouTube sites like Ebaumsworld.com. They usually mix the cute, the violent and the absurd aspects of the franchise into something new. We've collected some of our favorite Pokémon videos. Be sure to share your favorites, too. Our Favorite Pokemon Videos Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS Reveal Prepare to be trolled with three fingers. I'm OKAY with this. Watch Video → Snorlax Owns This video owns This video is not a Chinese myth dragon. Watch Video → Too Cute: Pokémon Wait till you see Bulby This is a video modeled after the Animal Planet series Too Cute but with Pokémon. ‘Nuff said. Watch Video → Showdown At Viridian Starter Squad If humans said "human human" ...
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Two fish are playing Street Fighter 2 right now and you're missing it

Why are you reading this? Two fish are playing Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo on Twitch right now, and who knows how long this magic will last. Quick, click play! At the moment, Aquarius the fish is a dominant force, but hopefully there's still time for Robert the Bruce the fish to make a come back. Because this is the internet, the stream already has a Twitter account and a Reddit page, the latter of which can be used to submit fighter match-ups. So now we have fish playing Pokémon and Street Fighter 2. What's next, Earthbound? Watch live video from FishPlayStreetFighter on www.twitch.tv
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Watch Jimmy Fallon gun down James Bond himself in GoldenEye 007

For a generation of gamers, GoldenEye 007 needs no introduction. Developer Rare's 1997 first-person shooter for the Nintendo 64 counts The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon among its devotees. When Pierce Brosnan, the actor who portrayed James Bond in GoldenEye and its video game counterpart, appeared this week on the late night talk show, Fallon took the opportunity to queue up a multiplayer match. Press play above to see a giddy Fallon take on the real James Bond and his video game counterpart at the same time.
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Kevin Smith is making a superhero movie about teenage girls

Yoga Hosers is geek movie legend Kevin Smith's first comic book film. Instead of casting a buff bro in the action-hero title role, he's constructing an action-adventure story that has two teenage girls saving the world from an ancient evil. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnny Depp, and daughter Lily Rose Depp, will join Kevin Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, to headline the film. The two young women will star as yoga-obsessed girls that will tackle an "ancient evil," and a whole bunch of Canadian jokes. When that evil puts a damper on the girls' plans to attend a grade 12 party, they join up with Johnny Depp's character "to fight for their lives with...all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time." The movie is pitched as a follow-up to Smith's Tusk, and is the...
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No more Jar Jar: new Star Wars films to focus on practical effects

Director Rian Johnson, who is slated to take over the Star Wars franchise after J.J. Abrams directs Star Wars: Episode VII, has said that the new films will favor practical effects over CGI. From The Hollywood Reporter and the Girls in Hoodies podcast: "They're doing so much practical building for this one. It’s awesome. I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick." This is a huge relief, of course, for fans who were upset by the CG-dominant approach of the prequel...
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A collection of the cutest Pikachu GIFs to make your day better

Inhale. Allow whatever stress you had before coming to this page to exit your body. Exhale.I have collected the cutest GIFs of Pikachu. Why? Because I love Pikachu. You love Pikachu. People who don't know what Pikachu is love Pikachu. The critter is the closest I have to an animated pain reliever. Just look at the thing. Those cheeks. That smile. So let's take a deep, calming breath and stroll together through this tour of mental relaxation. The Pokémon-athon: 719 Pokemon, 61 games, 1 website Click here for undiluted nostalgia
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Paul Rudd in Ant-Man doesn't look like an ant, does wear an ugly hoodie

The first photo of Paul Rudd in character for Marvel's Ant-Man doesn't show off special powers. Rudd, who plays reformed thief Scott Lang, is wearing a bulky jacket and dark hoodie. He looks, if anything, like the lead character in Prototype. Production began on the film yesterday, following some behind-the-scenes drama, involving director Edgar Wright stepping away from the project. Marvel also announced yesterday that John Slattery, Judy Greer and T.I. have also joined the cast in unspecified roles. The film is scheduled for release on July 17th, 2015.
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XCOM: The Board Game's companion app is more than just a gimmick

If XCOM: The Board Game were a regular board game, it might be terrible.But it's not a regular board game. It's a board game with a companion app, one that can be run inside a web browser or on a tablet. And the app isn't a gimmick. It's an integral part of how the board game works. It creates a tension that is wholly unique, bringing it closer to something like the Artemis Bridge Simulator or the indie iOS hit Spaceteam. "This wasn't a case where we added [the app] later," said Eric Lang, a veteran board game designer and the man behind titles such as the Warhammer-themed Chaos in the Old World, Quarriors! and Kickstarter hit Kaosball. "We said this is going to be a board game that requires digital integration. We don't want it to be ancillary, and we don't want it to just be an iOS...
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