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Pokemon is Forever

Fri Nov 21, 2014, 7:11 PM
Pokemon : Triple Charizards by Sa-Dui










Foreword by techgnotic

Kay (aka damphyr) is DeviantArt’s go-to expert on everything “Pokémon.”  She also occupies the adventurous position of being one of DeviantArt's main enforcers of standards and practices.  We thank her for being a guardian of artistic erotica and especially, for being able to answer every question we get asked about Pokémon and just about anything else for that matter. Supreme Keeper of all pop culture knowledge, Kay must be protected in case of global disaster.










An incongruous collection of people lined the sidewalk outside the local video game retailer just before opening on March 6th, 2011. The first in line were a pair of teenage boys in baggy jeans and band shirts, skateboards tucked under their arms. Next was a 9-year-old boy and his mother, followed by a 20-something female with spiky purple hair, a skull and crossbones on her belt. Then there was a young teenage girl, dressed all in yellow, red circles painted on her cheeks and a stuffed Pikachu tied to the handlebars of her scooter. Then a pair of young twins, a boy and a girl, with their mother, and three preorder tickets between them.  Two college boys waited impatiently while talking too loudly about their strategy for the upcoming game.  There was the 20-something couple, arms tangled about each other, their female friend eyeing the mid-thirties man behind her, who typed a business email on his cellphone.


The line continued to grow…














This is the magic of Pokémon



There is no one demographic, no one type of Pokémon player. The 12-year-old who started playing “Red” and “Blue” is now the nostalgic 30-year-old who still has his original Red and refuses to let his collection fall behind. At the same time, the magic of the world of Pokémon has not been lost on the new generation, as wireless gameplay, charming mini games and tantalizing secrets draw in new players.


Fans around the globe are once again eagerly awaiting the release of the newest Pokémon games, “Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby.” Nintendo has been gearing up fans for the new releases and encouraging preorders for months, offering players who make the trek to a local gaming store the codes that can be redeemed for rare Pokémon and game items, including the new “Megastones” and the previously unreleased legendary Pokémon Diancie. The promotions appear to have been effective, with over one million copies preordered in Japan alone. Pokémaniacs are clearly eager to return to the Hoenn Region once again.


Eighteen years after the release of Pokémon “Red” and “Green” in Japan, the franchise is still going strong, thanks largely to easy yet addictive gameplay, storytelling and adaptability. While “Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby” are not, strictly speaking, new games (the original games were titled “Pokémon Ruby” and “Pokémon Sapphire” and were released in 2002 and 2003) these remakes offer players a much more immersive world, with radically different graphics, more monsters to catch, more items to collect, easier social interaction with other Pokémon players, as well as minigames and activities to lose themselves in. Pokémon, like its monsters, continues to evolve, and in so doing, has deftly managed to keep the interest of veteran players and attracted a whole new generation of gamers.













Ever embracing of pop culture, Pokémon is combining the cosplay trend with their most famous monster.


“Alpha Sapphire” and “Omega Ruby” will be the first games to offer the Cosplay Pikachu! This adorable Pikachu is sure to be the star of the returning Talent Show, and will have a variety of outfits. Cosplay Pikachu will acquire special moves based upon which costumes they wear, and, like any truly dedicated cosplayer, will appear in costume even in battle.



GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL



Pokémon could not have chosen a better slogan to promote their game, as there is no question that the obsessive desire to catch them all is a major drive for many players. Pokémon games are released in paired versions, and some Pokémon are version exclusives, found in one version of the game, but not the other.


Some Pokémon have forms which cannot be found naturally in game and can only be unlocked if they are traded from one player to another.


Some Pokémon have unique appearances which change depending on the season, sometimes the same Pokémon will have a different appearance depending on its gender, while still other Pokémon have a different appearance depending on the region your game originates from.


Some Pokémon will only evolve if the player has raised the friendship of their monster, by traveling with it in their team, or spending time in the Amie mini-game, where players pet their Pokémon and hand-feed them Poke Puff pastries.















Legendary Pokémon



Then there are the legendary Pokémon, which are rare and difficult to find, often version exclusive with only one monster found per game. Some Pokémon are event exclusives, where gamers must bring their 3DS and Pokémon game to a certain real-world location within the correct time frame order to download a special Pokémon. Some Pokémon are distributed via the Wireless feature on the Nintendo 3DS and are offered in celebration of a holiday or special event.  For the hardcore collectors, the game does not end when the credits roll, not even when the Pokedex is complete, and all 719 Pokémon have been recorded. For the truly dedicated, the game is not over until every Pokémon, every color variation, every gender variation, every shiny variation and every special event Pokémon has been acquired.


While Pokémon may be a one-player game, the game play is anything but isolating. Through the wireless connection of the 3DS, players can, at any time, see the icons of their friends and random online passersby, battle or trade with just a few clicks, or even offer a player a stat boost to help them in their game. Voice chat enables friends to connect over long distances, groups of players can trade unhatched eggs, and even those who are offline can still impact those actively playing by offering to trade a Pokémon via the Global Trade Station.


Across the Internet, Pokémon communities have become common, from groups here on DeviantArt, to Reddit and Tumblr and dedicated Pokémon fan sites. Players swap friend codes in order to explore Friend Safaris, where rare Pokémon with boosted stats wait to be found. Trades for Pokémon, both legendary and common are negotiated and breeding extras are given away to help out future breeders. The days of needing a link cable, a wish and a prayer in order to trade are long gone.  It has never been easier to interact and trade with other Pokémon players.
















Even battle is a social event in Pokémon.



Wireless competitions are held regularly, with different rules dictating which Pokémon and which Pokémon teams can be entered. Gaming stores and individual groups often organize in-person Pokémon tournaments so gamers can see how their Pokémon teams stand up against other local trainers. The annual Pokémon World Championship is a televised, narrated global competition where Pokémon awards over $100,000 in scholarships to video gamers and card players. The 2014 tournament featured over 500 players from 30 countries, and the tournament winner, Se Jun Park, won a surprising victory with his Pachirisu, spawning a flurry of art featuring the adorable electric rodent.



Even if you are not inclined to catch them all, Pokémon has worked hard to offer something of interest to every kind of player. Pokémon has a whole host of games, features, minigames, strategies and events beyond those featured in this article.  Whether you are picking out your very first starter or if you are a master with a completed Pokedex, join us in a return to the world of Pokémon!


A new adventure and new evolutions await us all in Hoenn, and it looks like Team Magma and Team Aqua are up to no good once more, so let's go defend the world once more!






This article was edited for space considerations. If you would like to read the full text of Kay’s original extended submission, click here.
















Questions for The Reader


  1. What is your favorite Pokémon?
  2. What attributes of either the Pokemon Universe or Game Play draw you in the most to keep you playing Pokémon games?
  3. If you battle, is this due to a competitive urge, or is it more about the social bonding with your teammates?
  4. Do you have any strong years-ago memories tied to Pokémon?
  5. Can you think of any more improvements or options that would make the Pokémon experience even better?
  6. Someday will you encourage your children to play Pokémon?  Do you think you will be able to explain your passion for this massively time-consuming “hobby?”







+ 500 points Christmas giveaway!~

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 7:08 AM


Hello everyone!~ :heart:

The time is soon here, it's alomst just a month left till Christmas and I have been talking a lot about making a Christmas giveaway, so here it is!~ 
The Christhmas givaway is for my watchers, cuz I don't really wanna just give points to random people... I wanna support my watchers <3 However, it doesn't matter if you're an old or a new watcher of mine. 


The only thing you need to do to join is: 


:bulletgreen: Fave this journal 
:bulletgreen: And be a watcher of mine ( I'll be checking )

And yeah that's it :3 You don't need to make a journal about it, but it would be very appreciated if you did of course <3


Not just one person will win, lots of people will get points. You see, for every 100 points I have will one more person win. So right now I have about 500 points, which means right now 5 people can win 100 points each. I'll be trying to get more points until christmas so most likely will more than 5 people be able to win 100 points each. Though, if lots of people join then I'll buy more points so many more people have a chanse to win. <3  Oh and all winners will be selected randomly through this website www.random.org/  ( that's why I need you to fave the journal ).


One thing I'd like to make very clear though, I'm not doing this to get more watchers, I simply just wanna support my watchers with this giveaway cuz they are very kind to me and I'd like to make something for them in return. As for those who's watching me because of this giveaway, they may do as they want if they wanna continue waiting me when the giveaway is over or not. Though, I am very thankful for your support and I will continue to make more of these giveaways in the future.  <3


:star:Deadline is 24th of December, and you can join until 23th of December.:star:



Good luck everyone :heart: and marry way early Christmas :3

100 points Giveaway[OPEN] Enter Now!!

Fri Nov 21, 2014, 12:21 PM

     

This is my 16th giveaway



There will be :-

Bullet; Green Two 50  points winners


Want to Enter ? Read Carefully

1.Bullet; RedFav+ this journal and comment "DONE" to enter(This will be your number). AND

Yep you are now done just wait till the results are announced.

Winner will be selected from Random.org

Open till midnight of 24th November.

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In Bangkok, Thailand, students are being arrested for raising their hands in the air to flash Katniss’ three–finger “freedom” salute.


That’s right, the Katniss who’s the fictional heroine of the popular dystopian sci–fi “Hunger Games” movie series. The world has changed over the last few decades in a very big way, but some are apparently unaware of it or undisturbed by the stunning ramifications.




Advanced surveillance technology is endangering not only personal privacy, but also any possibility of political organizing being kept secret from government power. So even the most democratic nations are now faced with Big Brother seeing, hearing, and knowing everything. Drones and other military tech advances have meant a reconceptualization of warfare making resistance by those who have taken stands against their governments or ruling forces a difficult undertaking. Potential political leaders can be snuffed by drone strikes before anyone knows their names. Governments snooping on text messages can stop demonstrations before they happen. Still, the need to protest remains, leading us to ask—what form is left to us?


We still have the movies.


Putting on a Guy Fawkes mask or raising the “Katniss salute” are now actual political statements.


What many see as the planet’s politically leaderless void is now being filled by our movie hero champions. Fictional movie characters are delivering those heartfelt speeches about freedom and love of humanity that move us and inspire us, while the words of our actual political leaders, for many, continue to evoke only vague hopes of a better tomorrow. There may be a breath of hope in this—but the sword of movie propaganda cuts both ways. Movies are entertainments produced by corporations for profit. “Politically correct” messages are usually imparted only accidentally. The politics of “Katniss” will be determined at the box office by what her fans are willing to hear. Let’s hope her fans demand the studio not attempt to “soften” of her character so she can remain the female “Spartacus”—a Roman slave who lead an infamous revolt and a very cool movie.


The words of movie heroes are now igniting real passion in the hearts of people in Thailand, moving them to take a symbolic action: raising three fingers into the air. If this goes against government wishes and leads to arrests being made then these protesters will go to jail for referencing a fictional story from a movie.


In China, the premiere of Mockingjay, Part 1 has been delayed. A movie about a rebellion to overthrow a fictional oppressive government is quashed by a government perhaps fearful of the example Katniss and her comrades might put into the heads of audiences in China. But in a familiar pattern of banning content, China potentially makes the movie (which millions will see anyway on illegal downloads) all that more powerful as a symbolic torch for freedom.


Popular culture seems to have created a worldwide narrative of “freedom,” though it’s still as vague and hazy as the fictional sources it’s being extracted from to find its final shape. At the end of the day Katniss is a fictional character living in a fabricated world conceived of by her creator Suzanne Collins.


She is not taking real action, not facing consequences for marching in the streets, she may be the spark that lights the kindling—but the kindling has to be there to light. The heart of revolution lies in the people. Fictional characters don’t create social change, people do.
















Your Thoughts






  1. Have you seen the Katniss three finger salute used by people at your work, at your school or in the streets? Do you have a clear sense of its meaning?

  2. What fictional story, character or role has inspired you to political action in your own community?

  3. As an artist, have you used symbolic images to substitute for grand ideas such as freedom or social equality on the one hand or repression and fundamentalism on the other?









200 points giveaway!

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 7:01 PM


I'm really happy today that I have reached 1/4 (*or 1/2 idk*) of my target money, so I'm gonna make a raffle right now!!
(*finally!!!* ;v;*)

okie, okie, the rules:

* you must be my watcher
*fave this journal
*it'll also help if you advertised it ;v;

that's all! Q v Q

Ends in December 1, 2014!

:iconrianii: :iconriadopties:


HAHAHA

Fri Nov 21, 2014, 8:57 AM



youtu.be/xMq-FyDBeBA?t=2m10s


xD I died, this is the most funny thing I have seen in a long time.

Asexuality and Acephobia

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 4:41 PM
The opinions in this rant are my own and you don't have to agree. If you don't, fine. If you do, thanks!
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We talk about homophobia all the time and how bad it is to hate gays for what they are, and we preach about how it's okay to be all of these different sexualities, but what about the asexual people? :? I know there are many who understand asexuality and support it--including myself--but there are some who act as though it's a sin to be asexual. I really don't see what the big issue is. There's nothing wrong with not wanting sex or not experiencing sexual attraction in any way.

Just as someone can be attracted to the opposite sex, the same sex, or both, someone can be not attracted to any sex. Does that make them weird or abnormal? Does it make gays, straight people, or bi people weird? No? Exactly.

And when someone's asexual, that's not a cue for others to badger them with stupid questions or remarks as if they're some sort of sideshow attraction.

"Are you scared of sex?!"
"You're going through a phase. You'll get over it."
"You just haven't found the right person yet!"
"You can't love someone without sex."
"Anyone who doesn't want sex isn't normal."

Griping at someone for their lack of sexuality makes you no better than anyone else who may criticize you for your sexuality. And the word "love" is in no way synonymous with "sex", so it'd be great if people would stop shoving the two together so that you apparently can't have one without the other. Some have casual sex every day without loving their partner and some enjoy romantic, loving relationships without sex, so no one can ever convince me that sex = love or vice versa.

Asexuality doesn't mean you're afraid of sex.
Asexuality doesn't mean you're going through a phase.
Asexuality is just as normal as anything else.

Conclusion? Get over yourselves. Not everyone wants to get laid.

  • Mood: Nervous
  • Listening to: TV
  • Watching: Family Feud

The Little Mermaid

Fri Nov 21, 2014, 6:52 PM
Wish I could be by alicexz










Foreword by techgnotic


Elisa (aka spotted) steps out from behind the scenes as one of our intrepid Today Page senior editors to contribute her appreciation of “The Little Mermaid.” We hope it will be the first of many contributions to come, another hidden talent having been revealed by this longtime DeviantArt special projects manager.






It was 25 years ago that a redheaded mermaid made a splash in theaters ushering in a new era for the identity of the Disney princess.







The Little Mermaid was released in 1989 and was the studio’s first princess movie in 30 years since Sleeping Beauty in 1959. But unlike her predecessors who lay in wait for a daring prince to rescue them, Ariel was no damsel in distress. In fact, she was the one doing most of the rescuing, saving Prince Eric on more than one occasion. You’ll find no gentle submissive Snow White or Cinderella here, no royal slumbering while all the action took place; Ariel was defiant, determined, and eager to explore. She was the first Disney princess with personality.







DeviantArtists might make special note of Ariel’s grotto art gallery. We get a glimpse of her forbidden collection during her big solo musical number “Part of Your World” and if you look closely when she sings “What’s a fire and why does it—what’s the word? Burn.” you’ll see she’s looking at a painting of a woman with a lamp. Art history aficionados will recognize the painting which currently calls the Lourve home as the 1640 oil–on–canvas work of French Baroque painter Georges de La Tour titled Magdalen with the Smoking Flame.







That’s not the only art history treat in the film,


The scene of Ariel on a rock staring longingly at a shipwrecked Eric is a tribute the statue of the Little Mermaid which sits waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. The statue made its debut in 1913 and is based on the original fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen.


The Little Mermaid did more than prove a “girl’s film” could hold its own at the box office, it created a renaissance period for Disney, becoming the first animated film to ever be nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award.  It won 2 Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and gave the studio a new sense of credibility it had lacked in past years. It also established a new formula for animated films which still prevails to this day combining a winning plot with beautiful artwork and highly memorable songs.







While many will argue that Ariel is not a feminist role model, she was the first princess to take her life in her own hands and whether for good or bad she made her own decisions and followed her own path. Ariel lead the way for more empowered leading ladies in animated films to spring forth, with Belle and Jasmine quickly  following her lead, and paved the way for the most recent empowered Princesses, Frozen’s Elsa and Anna, who might not be a reality today if one ‘bright young’ woman had not gotten ‘sick of swimmin’ and chosen to stand instead.









Your Thoughts






  1. Who is your favorite Disney Princess and what is it about her that makes her so special to you?

  2. Do you prefer the original darker fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm Brothers over the “Happily Ever After” Disney versions? Which fairytale is your favorite?

  3. How do you think Disney movies have shaped the cultural narrative of each generation?









Quick Last Minute Drawing Commissions

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 1:44 PM


Hey guys, as some of you guys may know i've been saving up for a trip to see my sister, :icontrenn-la: well my plan for this week was to work on commissions as much as I could to earn enough fro a plane ticket and food and hotel bills and such, and well aH, so the past few days (and today) I've gotten sick and I will be ok, but I just hadn't been able to get up and work or do anything, (I was stuck in bed all day yesterday)...aNNYyyway I didn't earn as much as I needed for the trip because of this unexpected delay..... (and the trip is in two-ish days!) so I really need some fast cash asap!! 
So~ I'm opening drawing commissions, they are a little differently priced than usual, (it wont always be like this so bear with me ;_; )
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examples: It's not nice to step on people by lupisvulpesFeara Badge thing by lupisvulpesMaxwell's Silver Hammer by lupisvulpesCommission for ireviolence by lupisvulpesFor woifie-chan by lupisvulpesCommission for Shadekit by lupisvulpes


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~:.PRICES:.~
Black lines: $20
Colored lines: $25
Colored lines with black border: $25
two characters: $30 
two or more characters: $30 + 5 per extra character
extra outfits (if you wanted me to make up an outfit/costume on the character) : $25
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-=-FORM-=-

What character: (link to the character's ref pls!)
Tell me what you want:  (what kind of lines, extra characters, extra outfit etc...?) 
Extras:
Pose: (you can tell me what you want or I can just come up w/ somethin')




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Thanks guys, this helps a lot I really appreciate it! 
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SLOTS:
1):iconalfeddy:
2):iconpeaceskiies:
3):icontoyrabbit:
4):iconhoweii:
5):iconzorobutt:

(there might be more open depending on what I can get done in the next two days, i'm still sick but i'm gonna really try to book it' so I can get enough money for food and things on my trip!)

Featuring Naruto OCs on my Douji

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 21, 2014, 11:46 AM
Hello guys,

I need two Original Naruto characters (a male and a female) for the next pages of my doujinshi.

If you're interested in your OC making an appearance in chapter 9 of my douji, please leave a comment with a link to your OC's design or send me a note.

I'm not looking for a specific design or look so all types of OCs are acceptable.

Rules:
-Fave this journal first to be eligible.
-Only one character per person is allowed.
-Your OC must be 16+

Thank you,
-Cassy

Link to my douji:
cassy-f-e.deviantart.com/galle…

Winner will be announced on the 28th of November

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