Favorite Gen 2 Pokémon

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Continuing from my post on Favorite Generation 1 Pokémon, here are my favorite creatures from Generation 2 and my review on their design elements. Crobat This furious little purple demon is the final form of the blind, obnoxious Zubat, though I always thought it looked more like an alternative to the huge-mouthed Golbat.…

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Favorite Gen 1 Pokémon

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I love creature design, and few creatures are as famous and well-recognized as Pokémon. I played Pokémon Blue on an original black-and-white GameBoy when I was a kid, and transferred my creatures forward to Pokémon Silver when it came out. I was heartbroken to learn that Silver and Gold were notorious for losing all save data after a long period of inactivity (which, to my understanding, is what sparked the release of SoulSilver and HeartGold), which meant that my very first Pokémon, a Venosaur not-so-creatively named “Viney” was lost to me forever, along with a then-ultra-rare shiny Golbat.…

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Favorite Pet Game Designs

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Pet games were ALL the rage when I was growing up. You visit a website where you play Flash games to earn money, buy food from virtual shops, feed and play with your pet to keep its stats up – like a Tamagatchi or original Digimon, only with much fancier graphics, a billion different kinds of items, and, most likely, a crazy-inflated economy where users try to hawk rare items off for your life savings.…

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My Favorite Creepypasta

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There’s nothing like a good short homemade horror story to read before bed. Here are some of my favorite creepypastas ever. Make no mistake, the word “creepypasta”, which comes from “copypasta”, which comes from “copy & paste” may make it sound like these are anonymous, author unknown works that get handed around the internet like urban legends, but these are all excellent works of prose (and art, in some cases) that deserve just as much of your attention as any published novel.…

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What defines a monster?

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“What I really wanted to say was that a monster is not such a terrible thing to be. From the Latin root monstrum, a divine messenger of catastrophe, then adapted by the Old French to mean an animal of myriad origins: centaur, griffin, satyr. To be a monster is to be a hybrid signal, a lighthouse: both shelter and warning at once.”…

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