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Repetitive concept by Bummerdude Repetitive concept by Bummerdude
Felt like being silly. Behold a 3 panel strip with the effort of one!

With the coming of the fifth generation in the main series, I once again begin to wonder why I keep playing these games. But despite this strip, I am of the opinion that the pokemon games don't have much room for variety in the plot and game mechanics, but instead compensate that with new species and even further complicated battle features.

And to avoid getting a staff of law employess in my living room, here's the original image of the pikachu with all the references conveniently put on it: [link]

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RokuroCarisu Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
This is even more true for the anime, which has come down to using exactly the same plot, just with a different Pokémon, for about 90% of all episodes.
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TheNerdytimes Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
I don't understand this complaint. The thing is that clearly, SOMEBODY must be playing these games and LIKE them. Why else would new sequels come continuously? The question is, why would the games be so popular? Simple. The formula, as we now know it, it WORKS. These games are GOOD. The whole system is simple. Repetitive, yes, but as long as it works (read: till eternity) there's no reason to change anything.
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Bummerdude Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I will admit that this is one of my older strips which I have less confidence about, but I still agree with the general point of it. While beating the eight gyms, dealing with the plot inbetween and becoming the champion in the end has been a successful concept thus far, I'd be neat to see some variety on that point. Granted, the battles are still the main reason why I keep playing them, as the difficulty level keep rising, which is probably why I haven't checked out most of the spin-off games (which might disprove my own point, heh ugh). So I guess what I really want is a game which utilises the same battle system, but with a different society or setting which doesn't revolve around the usual pokedex/gym quest, but still having a definite goal to strive for. Dare to dream etc.

Either way, let's agree to disagree. Thanks for your comment!
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TheNerdytimes Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
...also, that's what the spin-offs are for.
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TheScalene Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe you'll get your wish in X and Y! (Or it'll at least be a bit unique)

And I enjoy quite a few of the spin-offs. :)
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JuMiKu Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
I personally think it's all our fault for continuing to buy the games. Seriously, it's US who are destroying this franchise, because we don't force Nintendo to actually be innovative. Isn't it high time for a leap into the third dimension or an mmo or playing a deeper character like others have suggested (perhaps a criminal learning the error of their ways, because obviously we can't ultimately play a bad guy) or even some dabbling into realtime fighting systems, or more moves?
We are basically playing the same game over and over again.
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Ooh here's an idea.
1.)Your pokemon/mother get's killed by Geovani and you set out for revenge...
2.)You actually become a Member of team Rocket, where the main objective is to steal stuff and valuable pokemon, kill people and move from a grunt to the head honcho. And you get to beat your Pokemon! Not enough beating: they'll find you actions imorral and refuse to listen to you; Too much beating and your poekon will try to kill you and you have to shoot it in the face.
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BlackRabbitInChasing Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Well, that happens in one game, but it was for Game Cube. It's a guy named Wes who leaves Team Snagem and steals their Snag Machine in the process, thus introducing Shadow Pokemon.
And then for the sequel a boy is given a Snag Machine and goes off to save a Professor who was kidnapped by Team Cipher, and then continues what Wes started: snagging Shadow Pokemon and purify them.
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varletlegion Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Kewl, wait is that the one with the Dark Lugia?
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BlackRabbitInChasing Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Shadow Lugia. And yes.
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