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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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:iconrokurocarisu:
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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:iconthenerdytimes:
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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:iconbummerdude:
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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:iconthenerdytimes:
TheNerdytimes Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
...also, that's what the spin-offs are for.
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:iconthescalene:
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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:iconvarletlegion:
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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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Kewl, wait is that the one with the Dark Lugia?
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:iconblackrabbitinchasing:
BlackRabbitInChasing Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist
Shadow Lugia. And yes.
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Rock on.
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:iconthebeastofhearts:
TheBeastOfHearts Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always wanted to be team of the team rocket, or magma,aqua, plasma, whatever...it would be interesting to be the bad ones for once
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:iconvarletlegion:
varletlegion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
Yesss! Indeed. (take off monacle.)
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:icond-rock92:
D-Rock92 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't any of the games had that big a plot. Each just got more "mystical"
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MonsterDNA Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
one thing that always irks me is that the elite four are always mandatory to defeat and that each one always conveniently has a champion I mean can't we have one game were you can have access to the ENTIRE region finish the plot and the elite four could be a side thing.
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:icongodtiger:
GodTiger Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
This is so true.

The only interesting ones were 1 and 2 while 3 and 4 were bullshit of the first two and now the best is 5 which has plot!
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:icontrubbol:
Trubbol Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Goldensun powns
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:icontwistedalyx:
TwistedAlyx Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
They totally have room for more plot variety, but no one makes them work for it, so they get to be lazy. :P We buy them anyway. They're still fun. :)
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Ito6 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
So true.
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:iconadharmageddon:
Adharmageddon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Lol I stopped @ silver and yet they continue to make more shit.
The new pokemon suck I'm sorry but they do.

Lol I love how ur dude is always stationary!
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:iconjerk-in-the-box:
Jerk-in-the-Box Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm... Real-time battle sequences? I've always thought that would be pretty cool.
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:iconep1cshad0w:
Ep1cShad0w Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Well a least the stories stay interesting.
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Hytura Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One idea for Nintendo is to take a previous generation of Pokemon, change the colours of the pokemon, take elements from previously created generations (poffins, gym leaders, characters...) and make that into one brand new video game!

...Nah, they wouldn't go for it; they wouldn't want to get creative now would they? (I'm just kidding, I'm just kidding!)
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Darc-Axl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
Lunick- "yhwn" yep....
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AmazingDX Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
I just play pokemon HG/SS on my DSi because I've previously played the Gameboy version and I want to see how many changes they've made to the game :P
One thing I was really dissapointed to see is that the new radio can take the interference from unown ruins... And pokemon games are also way easier nowadays in comparision to what they used to be on a Gameboy :/
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
While I can agree that it has become easier in the games as a whole, the battles are way tougher than before. Which is partially due to the phys/special split, new moves and twice the number of TMs, so any poke can basically have something unexpected up their sleeves. I actually dread the Elite Four now!
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dRevan64 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
You'll keep playing Pokemon whether the plot is awful or not, because you're a diehard fanboy who needs his fix. And because Pokemon is fucking awesome.
That's just my opinion.
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Word.
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:iconhopekrystalheart:
HopeKrystalheart Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
PICKACHU!!!!
And, actually the plots are different. In Hoenn there are TWO evil teams. :D
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dRevan64 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
No, only ONE evil team, and one GOOD one. But they switch. And stuff.
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:iconhopekrystalheart:
HopeKrystalheart Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whadda 'bout Emerald? BOTH r evil in that game!
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dRevan64 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Really? I never actually played Emerald.
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:iconhopekrystalheart:
HopeKrystalheart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah.
You should play it! The battle frontier's in that game!
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:iconpk-mewsong:
PK-Mewsong Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010   Digital Artist
I play Pokemon cause it's fun. It was fun in Red/Blue, and it's fun in Black/White - the gameplay overall is very addicting, and that's what brings people back.

I have to say, kudos to Game Freak for "playing it safe." They don't tinker around too much with their original concept, instead making gradual tweaks as the generations progress.
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:iconasia-catdog-blue:
asia-catdog-blue Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
Well, that can be said about ANY video games that lasted this long... and STILL going.
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:icontheneslink:
TheNESLink Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
*cough* Call of Duty *COUGH*
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:icondigipokefriend2:
digipokefriend2 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Yay for a random pikachu.
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:iconlucario515:
lucario515 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
LOL I agree, boring as ever XD but I can't help but love pokemon ಠ___ಠ
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:iconbummerdude:
Bummerdude Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
It is our blessing, it is our curse.
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:iconlucario515:
lucario515 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
yep ;w;
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
lol
but yeah...it's always the same
BUT!! i really liked the features in leafgreen/firered and ruby/saphire/emerald
and diamond/pearl that you could gamble in a game corner 8D
but they removed that feature in platinum @_@
why that???
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:iconiceclawgaaralover:
iceclawgaaralover Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I KNOW, that's exactly what I said about HeartGold/SoulSilver! I like the casinos!
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
my soulsiver doesn't work good so i am not far...are there casinos that work???
then i really <3 HG en SS more 8D
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iceclawgaaralover Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, sorry. I was saying that I liked the casinos like they were with the roullets and slots and was mad/sad they didn't put it in HG/SS. They put some lame tile-flipper, instead.
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
NOOO T^T i want slots
lame tile-flipper???
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:iconiceclawgaaralover:
iceclawgaaralover Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, right! T^T
By lame tile-flipper, I mean a game where you flip tiles. And maybe it's just me, but it's a pretty random and tedious tile flipping game.
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:iconcrystalitar:
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
it souns really boring =_=''''
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Sadistic-Blaziken Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It's fun, actually. = =
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iceclawgaaralover Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, it is.
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HarpyLink234 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
At last, someone who gets it. We don't need no damn melodramatic story crap. *does a little dance*
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