Welcome to the eighty-eighth week of my PokÃ©mon feature here on Game Podunk! In case you missed last week's, check it out. Stay tuned for future entries coming every Friday.
Genesect is being distributed at GameStop until November 24th. Every single Mythical PokÃ©mon will be distributed during a specific month for the remainder of this year. Now may be your only chance for a really long time, to actually catch them all!
Feelings on Spoilers
Since February 26th, when the game was first announced, there have been 22 short videos sharing information and gameplay footage of PokÃ©mon Sun & Moon released in North America alone. I did some rough math; all the game's videos on the PokÃ©mon YouTube channel add up to about 50 minutes total. That doesn“t even include the special E3 bit, which would double that to almost 2 hours of recorded pre-release gameplay. Told you that to ask you this:
[For you all,] How much is too much, when it comes to â€œspoilingâ€ a PokÃ©mon game“s content? Everything I“ve discussed on Individual Values since the game“s announcement has kept in line with the information revealed in the trailers thus far. We“ve seen brand new critters, we understand that old critters can take on new appearances and typings in Alola, and there are a myriad of brand new features making their debut in Sun & Moon...from Z-Moves, to an indirect return to PokÃ©mon Snap.
If you“ve never watched a single Sun & Moon trailer, though...and your first exposure to the game was playing the Special Demo Version when it released on the eShop last month...you got to see Riding PokÃ©mon, Z-Moves, and even the PokéFinder for yourself, organically...without a specially curated trailer. If you scour the demo enough, you“d even get to see things like Alolan Dugtrio for yourself...recognizing that familiar PokÃ©mon take on new forms in the game. With all that in mind--is it better to be in the dark? Would you rather see for yourself how much a paradigm shift the Sun & Moon games are shaping up to be, instead of being fed bits of information by an admittedly massive marketing machine? Are you completely indifferent, and you've already looked up the entire Alolan PokÃ©dex and more thanks to leaks?
For the first time since February, I“m going to reveal a potential â€œspoilerâ€ about the post-game [??] of Sun & Moon...because the October 27th trailer did so. Skip to the next paragraph, if you're on "Media Blackout". I think knowing what the final evolutions of the Alolan starters are isn“t that big of a deal. And revealing new PokÃ©mon isn“t really harmful to the experience, since there are a good number of them. But: telling me that PokÃ©mon Trainer Red and Gary Oa--I mean Blue, are in the game and you get to fight them in a new place called the â€œBattle Treeâ€ that lets you face Champions from other regions...might be taking it a bit too far, in my opinion.
It kind of makes me wonder: if Gold, Silver & Crystal Version had been new releases in this day and age, would we know about the Kanto region being included in the game prior to taking our first step there? How many potential spoilers like that one are marketable and would help a game get talked about on Social Media? Is it ever going to be possible to experience a PokÃ©mon game â€œlike it used to beâ€ anymore? Is knowing what starter you“ll choose plus the various bells and whistles a game has in advance...the most viable option for the modern and newly introduced PokÃ©mon fan?
I have more questions than revelations this week, so I“m certainly interested to hear your thoughts regarding any of the questions I“ve asked. But by golly, let me state for the record: I am ecstatic about what Popplio, Rowlet and Litten will turn out to be. Ye ole fire-cat is probably my least favorite of the three, but it“s not Fire/Fighting, so it“s good enough for me!