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Ghost Pokémon

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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.

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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.

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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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Achievement Unlocked: Published Gaming Magazine

Component is the realization of a dream: to make a gaming publication that celebrates the joy of a beloved pastime.  The goal of this magazine is to bridge the gap between players. To share personal experiences and individual viewpoints with the rest of the gaming world. To encourage others to forge their own connections, and share the joy that our collective hobby can provide.

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Each issue will have a central theme, and features a collection of essays and artwork on the subject of video games. Component is available as a print-on-demand magazine through Blurb and as an instant PDF, sold directly through the Component website. The editor and contributors of Component thoroughly believe in gaming for good causes, so 100% of the profits from Component will be donated to the U-Pick Video Game Marathon for Charity.

The first issue is filled with stories about our most cherished games. Some are first encounters where a lasting bond was established. Others are tales of transition, where these beloved games have stood by our side as a supportive medium. All of them reflect the wonder that can be found in moments of play and through them we share the happiness of a cherished hobby.

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Games highlighted in the articles and artwork of Issue One include Mega Man 2, Super Mario 64, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Metal Gear Solid, Spyro the Dragon, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, Pokémon: Yellow Version, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Okami.

Component will be released semi-annually, and the second issue has a tentative release of December 2015.  Please be sure to follow Chip, the editor of Component, on Twitter (@gimmgp) for news about the magazine and related video game musings.  You can also check our Blog page for updates and other works from our brilliant and creative contributors.

Thank you for reading and please be sure to check out Issue One: Our Games for all sorts of gaming goodness.

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Catching Some Spooky Pokemon

Since the early days of Pokémon Red and Blue, Nintendo has been gifting limited edition monsters to players via store events and online distribution.  How fortunate for fans of ghost-types that this October features not one, but two spooky Pokémon up for grabs!

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A fresh face to the ghoulish team, Pumpkaboo is an adorable ghost- and grass-type Pokémon that embodies the haunting holiday of Halloween.  From its Pokédex entries:

“The pumpkin body is inhabited by a spirit trapped in this world. As the sun sets, it becomes restless and active. It is said to carry wandering spirits to the place where they belong so they can move on.”

Gourgeist

This cute and creepy little monster is available as a Mystery Gift via the internet.  Simply boot up your 3DS with Pokémon X/Y and download the little gourd monster.  This super-sized Pumpkaboo comes preloaded with moves like Trick-or-Treat and Scary Face, and a simple trade allows it to evolve into the formidable Gourgeist! 

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The other ghost-type searching for a new home to haunt is my personal favorite, Gengar.  What makes this grinning ghoul even more enticing is its luster.  That’s right- this Gengar is a shiny Pokémon!  With a shard of Gengarite in its mitts, this monster will mega-evolve into a even more intimidating creature with a pallid coat of white.

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To receive this extra-special specter, hop on over to your local GameStop and ask for one of the free code cards to download the shiny Gengar and his mighty Gengarite.  But make sure you hurry- the code cards are only available until the 26th of October.  Happy Haunting!

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Pokemon Pumpkins

Since last year’s jack o’ lanterns were such a hit, Laura and I decided to establish Pokémon carvings as an official tradition!  For this Halloween, we have etched our new favorite Pocket Monsters into the sides of pumpkins.  Laura’s autumn gourd features an adorable Axew, while my fall fruit has the dopey Wobuffet on display.  We now proudly present the GIMMGP Pokémon Jack o’ Lanterns of 2013:

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshineawardThis post is long overdue, but better late than never, right?  Laura and I were nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award some time ago, and I believe some appreciation Is in order.  Many thanks to Cary from Recollections of Play for the award!  She does some great writing on her own blog, along with contributing to and co-managing United We Game, so she is pretty much a blogging powerhouse.  Please take the time to check out her work; you will not regret it.

 

The Sunshine Award comes with some responsibilities, so let’s get to those below:

a) Use the award logo in a post and/or on your blog
b) Include a link back to whoever nominated you
c) Offer 10 pieces of random information about you
d) Nominate ten other bloggers who “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.”
e) Let your nominees about their much deserved award

Since GIMMGP is a fair and balanced partnership, Laura and I will split the ten pieces of random information down the middle and offer five tidbits each.

Chip’s Random Facts

1) Back in high school, my friends and I absolutely loved schlocky horror movies.  We adored them so much that we actually made our own full-length film – Sledgehammer: The Movie.  In classic horror formula, Sledgehammer is a tale of an escaped psycho taking out party-goers one-by-one, often using silly and over-the-top methods.  Our movie could be called amateur at best, but we had plenty of fun shooting it.  The entire thing is posted in pieces on Youtube, so check it out if you have some free time and want to see high school kids in a bad horror movie.

2) I was diagnosed with epilepsy at a very young age, when I had a seizure that nearly took me out.  Fortunately, I have not had a relapse since I was eight years old, and I am still able to play video games to this day.  On an extra note, I cannot use immersive VR equipment as a result.  So no Occulus Rift for me, thanks!

3) I am a bit of a closet otaku, with a healthy amount of manga, anime, and related merchandise hidden throughout GIMMGP Headquarters.  I mostly prefer the slice-of-life genre, but I dabble with sci-fi series as well.  Some of my favorites include Genshiken, Yotsuba&!, Durarara, and Polar Bear’s Cafe.

4) I really enjoy Wes Anderson’s films, and The Royal Tenenbaums proudly sits at the top of my favorite movies list.  The atmosphere in each of his works is so captivating, and I especially love the way that the Criterion Collection handles the DVD releases.  If only game publishers would re-issue the classics with the same amount of behind-the-scenes content and loving attention to detail.

5) Thanks to living in the age of microbrewing, I have become quite the beer snob.  I will gladly give most beverages the ole’ college try, but let’s be honest: once you have tasted Fat Tire and Dogfish Head, how can you go back to that light beer crap?

Laura’s Random Facts

1. I rode on Shamu the Killer Whale when I was 6 years old. I have a picture. Not here. It’s at my parents house. If I had it, I would totally show you.

2. I have a really cool deck of Tarot cards that I got from Light Grey Art Lab. I love them but can’t read my fortune with them. Their main purpose is look pretty and give people the impression I am delightfully eclectic.

3. I should have been a cowboy. Among other things.

4. My favorite Pokemon at the moment is Axew. If I were a Pokemon trainer I would definitely be a Dragon Master. I would constantly tell people “I am the Blood of the Dragon” even with no provocation. I’m sure no one would be my friend.

5. My favorite thing about being an adult is never having to eat broccoli.

Since Laura and I are fashionably late to the Sunshine Party, it seems that many of the blogs we follow have already been nominated for this esteemed award.  Nevertheless, we want to bring praise to those who creatively and positively inspire, and here they are in no particular order!

1) simpleek

2) Little Sister Gaming

3) Lovedelic Life

4) Beneath the Tangles

5) Playing the Canon

6) Wild Man Ted

7) Ogiue Maniax

8) Robo♥Beat

9) Delver

10) A Most Agreeable Pastime

There you have it, folks!  We want to thank Cary once more for her nomination, and many thanks to everyone who has supported GIMMGP along the way.  Now let’s raise our glasses to more breezy, summer days spent playing video games indoors with the windows wide open!

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GIMMGP Jack o’ Lanterns

With just a few more days until All Hallows Eve (and our first free weekend in ages), we here at GIMMGP decided to carve up the pumpkins we had been saving.  After hours and hours (read: less than 20 minutes) of scouring the Internet for appropriate templates to etch into gourds, Laura and I gave up on following the pack and decided to blaze our own trail!  Into my pumpkin, I chiseled my favorite ghost, Gengar, while Laura carved the adorable Pikachu into hers.  We now proudly present our Pokemon Jack o’ Lanterns:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Adventure Time

So, I know we said it would be a month of Horror stuff, and it is only the sixth day in the month, but I just had to share this.  Apparently, one of the artists for Adventure Time (Natasha Allegri) worked on a little cartoon with the creator, Pendleton Ward, and she posted it on her blog.  It is about Pokemon and farting.  Truly fantastic.

Don’t worry, I promise I will also post a Horror thing later today as well.

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