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Ghost Pokémon

GhostLavender

Nearly 18 years ago today, my brother and I set out to be the very best, like no one ever was.  Catching Pocket Monsters was our first real test, but to train them, aye, that was our cause.  Pokémon had hit the shelves not a week prior, and our parents graciously gifted both versions of the Game Boy classic to us.  My brother received Pokémon Blue, and became a great trainer of water-types, with a stately Blastoise at the helm of his troop.  I was given Pokémon Red, but I did not find my true calling in this game until I ventured into the tower at Lavender Town.  It was at this resting place for fallen Pokémon that I would catch my first Gastly, which cemented my destiny as a ghost-type trainer.

GhostBelieve

With each new journey into the world of Pokémon, Nintendo would increase the number of ghost-types to catch and raise.  As a young trainer, I delighted with each new phantom that became available; marveling over the new designs and attacks.  But once I grew older, I started to notice that my beloved ghost-types harbored a much darker nature.  With just a quick glance through my trusty Pokédex, I found stories of hauntings and torment; tales of restless spirits that prey on the souls of the living.  Just take a look at some of these examples below!

GhostHaunter

Haunter: Its tongue is made of gas. If licked, its victim starts shaking constantly until death eventually comes. In total darkness, where nothing is visible, Haunter lurks, silently stalking its next victim.

GhostGengar

Gengar: To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey’s shadow and silently waits for an opportunity. The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.

GhostMisdreavus

Misdreavus: A Misdreavus frightens people with a creepy, sobbing cry. It apparently uses its red spheres to absorb the fear of foes as its nutrition. It likes playing mischievous tricks such as screaming and wailing to startle people at night.

GhostLitwick

Litwick: Litwick shines a light that absorbs the life energy of people and Pokémon, which becomes the fuel that it burns. While shining a light and pretending to be a guide, it leeches off the life force of any who follow it.

GhostBanette

Banette: A doll that became a Pokémon over its grudge from being junked. It seeks the child that disowned it. Banette generates energy for laying strong curses by sticking pins into its own body. This Pokémon was originally a pitiful plush doll that was thrown away.

GhostDuskull

Duskull: Duskull wanders lost among the deep darkness of midnight. There is an oft-told admonishment given to misbehaving children that this Pokémon will spirit away bad children who earn scoldings from their mothers. It loves the crying of children. It startles bad kids by passing through walls and making them cry. Once this Pokémon chooses a target, it will pursue the intended victim until the break of dawn.

mimikyu

Mimikyu: This Pokémon lives its life completely covered by its cloth and is always hidden. People believe that anybody who sees its true form beneath the cloth will be stricken with a mysterious illness. This Pokémon is dreadfully lonely, and it thought it would be able to make friends with humans, if only it looked like Pikachu.

GhostCubone

*Brrrr* That is some creepy stuff!  Little did I know that the most tragic and gruesome tale of all would lie with a normal-type Pokémon.  I am speaking of none other than Cubone, the sad little creature who wears the skull of its dead mother.  When it thinks of its mother, it cries, making the skull it wears rattle with a hollow sound.  Now, when you first look at this little monster, you may feel sorry for it and want to take it home to be your friend.  But put that situation in human terms, and the mood completely changes.  After all, would you be friends with someone who wears their mom’s skull as a hat?  I didn’t think so.

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Pokémon Red and Blue – Lavender Town

Sometimes, the legends behind a piece of spooky media are scarier than the media itself.  That is certainly the case with the theme for Lavender Town.

Within the world of Pokémon, Lavender Town is home to the main gravesite for departed Pokémon.  There is a seven-story tower located in the town that serves as a mausoleum for hundreds of deceased creatures.  Many of the people present in this town are visiting to pay respects to their fallen Pokémon, so there is an ever-present air of melancholy.  Outside of the mourners, there are also aggressive Ghost-type Pokémon that will attack the player as he/she travels through the tower.  Composed by Junichi Masuda, the theme for Lavender Town reinforces the gloomy atmosphere of the area, with a lilting melody and haunting sound effects.

GhostBelieve

In the real world, a very creepy urban legend has grown from this off-putting tune.  This track contains high-pitched sounds that are outside the typical adult hearing range, but still within the typical child hearing range.  This fact led to stories of Japanese children being driven to fatally harm themselves when hearing the Lavender Town theme.  Tales of children being driven mad and clawing at their faces have made their way across the internet, giving this song an even darker reputation.

While none of these stories have been verified, the legend of the Lavender Town theme persists as a particularly creepy tale of video game music.

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Ghost Pokemon

GhostLavender

Nearly 14 years ago today, my brother and I set out to be the very best, like no one ever was.  Catching Pocket Monsters was our first real test, but to train them, aye, that was our cause.  Pokemon had hit the shelves not a week prior, and our parents graciously gifted both versions of the Game Boy classic to us.  My brother received Pokemon Blue, and became a great trainer of water-types, with a stately Blastoise at the helm of his troop.  I was given Pokemon Red, but I did not find my true calling in this game until I ventured into the tower at Lavender Town.  It was at this resting place for fallen Pokemon that I would catch my first Gastly, which cemented my destiny as a ghost-type trainer.

GhostBelieve

With each new journey into the world of Pokemon, Nintendo would increase the number of ghost-types to catch and raise.  As a young trainer, I delighted with each new phantom that became available; marveling over the new designs and attacks.  But once I grew older, I started to notice that my beloved ghost-types harbored a much darker nature.  With just a quick glance through my trusty Pokedex, I found stories of hauntings and torment; tales of restless spirits that prey on the souls of the living.  Just take a look at some of these examples below!

GhostHaunter

Haunter: Its tongue is made of gas. If licked, its victim starts shaking constantly until death eventually comes. In total darkness, where nothing is visible, Haunter lurks, silently stalking its next victim.

GhostGengar

Gengar: To steal the life of its target, it slips into the prey’s shadow and silently waits for an opportunity. The leer that floats in darkness belongs to a Gengar delighting in casting curses on people.

GhostMisdreavus

Misdreavus: A Misdreavus frightens people with a creepy, sobbing cry. It apparently uses its red spheres to absorb the fear of foes as its nutrition. It likes playing mischievous tricks such as screaming and wailing to startle people at night.

GhostLitwick

Litwick: Litwick shines a light that absorbs the life energy of people and Pokémon, which becomes the fuel that it burns. While shining a light and pretending to be a guide, it leeches off the life force of any who follow it.

GhostBanette

Banette: A doll that became a Pokémon over its grudge from being junked. It seeks the child that disowned it. Banette generates energy for laying strong curses by sticking pins into its own body. This Pokémon was originally a pitiful plush doll that was thrown away.

GhostDuskull

Duskull: Duskull wanders lost among the deep darkness of midnight. There is an oft-told admonishment given to misbehaving children that this Pokémon will spirit away bad children who earn scoldings from their mothers. It loves the crying of children. It startles bad kids by passing through walls and making them cry. Once this Pokémon chooses a target, it will pursue the intended victim until the break of dawn.

GhostCubone

*Brrrr* That is some creepy stuff!  Little did I know that the most tragic and gruesome tale of all would lie with a normal-type Pokemon.  I am speaking of none other than Cubone, the sad little creature who wears the skull of its dead mother.  When it thinks of its mother, it cries, making the skull it wears rattle with a hollow sound.  Now, when you first look at this little monster, you may feel sorry for it and want to take it home to be your friend.  But put that situation in human terms, and the mood completely changes.  After all, would you be friends with someone who wears their mom’s skull as a hat?  I didn’t think so.

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Pokemon Black/White Journal

Much earlier this year, Pokemon Black/White came out for the Nintendo DS.  I tried to resist the seductive call of the Pocket Monsters, but I eventually succumed to their wiles.  Wow, that sentence sounds a lot worse out loud.

PokemonBlack

ANYWAY, I bought a copy of Pokemon Black (as my friend bought the White version, and I believe in equal opportunity among video games) and started a new game.  As I set out to be the very best, like no one ever was, I decided to keep a little journal of my playtime. I did this for no other reason than to document interesting things I came across in the Unova region (read: I was bored).  So here it is, never before published, my Pokemon Black diary!

Pokemon5

Day 1 (4/13/2011)
-Got my starter Pokemon, met Team Plasma, and won my first Gym Badge all in the same day? Damn, these Unova trainers don’t mess around.
-Ya know, I am amazed how late these Pokemon Gyms stay open. I mean, I guess the Striaton City Gym is also a theme restaurant, but still, it’s nearly 2AM! Shouldn’t last call have happened by now?
-Sigh, there is always some stupid rat/squirrel/Bidoof type creature that is just an infestation at the start of the game. I get it, these are common animals and would be scattered throughout the world, but these little guys are still a waste of time when there are FREAKING DRAGONS TO CATCH!

Pokemon6Day 2(4/14/2011)
-Just realized that you NEVER have a father in any of these games. Kinda sad. I wonder if the main developer of Pokemon never knew his dad.
-Team Plasma actually makes a bit of sense. I mean, the average Pokemon Trainer goes out to the woods, beats an animal to a near unconcious state, confines it to a small ball-shaped prison, and then forces it to fight other wild animals. Pretty morbid when you think about it. Maybe I will take a look at some Team Plasma literature.
-A lady gym leader, who is part of an interracial couple!? Well done, Pokemon Black/White! Wait a minute… now the title makes sense.

Pokemon2Day 3(4/17/2011)
-The Nintendo DS was definitely invented to be played on public transportation. I was just riding the Metro and had two kids watching me play from the seat behind me, talking about which Pokemon would win in a fight. Fantastic.
-Where do the Pokemon who wear clothes or carry items get this stuff? Does Throh just come out of the womb/egg/Pokeball with a judo gi on?
-I am floored by the layout of the artificial New York in this game. When I first saw a “dynamic new perspective” advertised, it didn’t seem like a big deal. I definitely get it now.

Pokemon1

Day 7 (5/5/2011)
-It is so satisfying to reach a gym where your star Pokemon have a tactical advantage. These Ice Types are a joke against my Fighters.
-How can a bear that uses its snot as a weapon be so damn cute?
-I seem to be getting a ton of evolution stones, but I have yet to find a need for any of them. Why did these rocks seem so rare in good ol’ Pokemon Red?
-Hmm, maybe the random old guy who keeps giving me bottled water and advice at each Pokemon Gym is my father. That sounds exactly like something my Dad in RL(real life) would do.

Pokemon9 Day 8(5/8/2011)
-A tower that serves as a mausoleum for dead Pokemon seems really depressing for a game that kids could play. And I thought Pokemon never died! They just faint when you win/lose a fight. Does that mean the Pokemon who are laid to rest here are buried alive? Pretty sick stuff, Nintendo.
-Okay, if there are Ghost-type Pokemon chilling out in a place where the spirits of dead Pokemon reside, I wonder; are these the ghosts of old Pokemon, or just creatures that are similar to ghosts, and thus want to hang out at a graveyard (much like goth kids at a Hot Topic)? For example: Would a dead Pikachu come back as a spirit Pikachu, or just a Gastly? Hmm…worth investigating.

Pokemon4

And I guess that is where I stopped. For the record, I never beat the game, as I kept a team of Ghost-type and Fighting-type Pokemon, and the Elite Four Trainers at the end of the game kept Pokemon who were strong against BOTH of the types of creatures I held. I guess I should have focused less on testing myself by catching Pokemon, and made training my team more of a cause.

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