Opinion Piece: MissingNo. (and Other Glitches)

First off, I would like to apologize for the recent lack of activity. First I was on Spring Break and unable to write, and the past week or so I have been extremely busy with school. Hopefully you can expect a new episode to arrive within a few days. Now, down to business.

I hope you all enjoyed my little April Fools joke. I had a lot of fun putting together. It was amusing imagining what it might be like if I were to turn MissingNo. into an actual Pokémon and dedicate an episode to it. However, I am now going to have to remove MissingNo. from the Pokédex section to remove any future confusion, that includes its in-depth page. For archiving purposes, I’ll copy and paste it onto the bottom of the Pokédex Entry post made about it.

Now, with that all being said, I feel like I might have given the wrong impression about my opinion of MissingNo., and other glitches in the game by extension. While I do find MissingNo. to be a fascinating glitch, it is nothing more than that. It is simply a glitch. I am always baffled when I see people on the internet treat it as if it were an actual Pokémon. What also bugs me is the culture that has seen to grown up around this and other glitches in the original games (namely, the Mew Glitch). In my opinion, it is not a wise move to purposely glitch your game, after all, doing so means you are actively attempting to break the game’s programming, and I really can’t see doing this in a positive light. It’s even worse when said glitches are used to exploit the game, rather than just have fun. Using MissingNo. to multiply your Rare Candies, or using a glitch to catch a Mew is in the end cheating. What annoys me even more about the “glitch culture” as I call rather it than just the fascination with glitches, is the people who actually begin to think of such glitches as acceptable means of catching Pokémon and progressing through the game. I don’t care if there’s no other way to catch a Mew, the Mew Glitch is not a valid method, it’s still cheating in the end. Of course, that’s the way I see it at least.

Episode 48 and 49 Review

This idea was obviously meant to be a celebration of the past 20 years of Pokémon. From big things like the return of Gary and Mewtwo to smaller things like a recurring theme of the number 20 (by the way viginti, as in Project Viginti, is Latin for 20), it was all over the place. It would be too much to specifically go over every little joke and reference I made, but they should be easy enough to find.

The idea for this episode can be traced way back to before I had even considered writing Cosmic Quest, back to when Genesect and the Legend Awakened first came out. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I was immediately disappointed that the Mewtwo in the movie was not the same Mewtwo I grew up with. In all honesty, the Mewtwo present there was very disappointing. I wanted to watch a movie about a fierce and invincible demigod-like being with an inbred hatred towards humanity, not some random arrogant psychic lady who’s indifferent towards humans. But soon after that movie, with the existence of Mega Mewtwo X known, my brother and I came up with the theory that an upcoming movie would feature a battle between the two Mewtwo, with the original Mewtwo becoming Mega Mewtwo X. At this point, that ever actually happening seems extremely unlikely, as we are now at the end of Kalos’ lifespan, and it’s during Kalos they would want to use the Mega Mewtwo. But, I did realize soon after starting Cosmic Quest that I could work that idea into my own episode. As the 20th Anniversary approached, I decided that I wanted to do a 20th Anniversary special. I quickly realized that a battle of the Mewtwo would be a perfect anniversary plot.

In reference towards the name of the episodes, Attack of Clones, I want to explain my logic. I, one day, had a sudden realization that whenever Mewtwo pops up, it is in movie/special that has name that seems to be linked to a Star Wars title. It first appears in Mewtwo Strikes Back, similar to The Empire Strikes Back. Then it appears in Mewtwo Returns, like Return of the Jedi. And finally we have Genesect and the Legend Awakened, similar to The Force Awakens. Therefore, I could not resist making a Star Wars joke here, and Attack of the Clones was the obvious choice.

One last thing I have to mention is some last minute changes I made. I had actually finished both episodes the Wednesday before the anniversary, that means that they were complete before the announcement of Sun and Moon. I went in right before publishing the episodes and added the Sun and Moon references to both Team Rocket’s reward jokes and to Mew’s speech. Originally the reward joke (the one where they mention the names of every Pokémon game) had Meowth saying something about speculating that they’d be catching Z’s on beds made of money, as current speculation inferred Z was to be the next game. But with the announcement of Sun and Moon I changed the line to being about the Sun and Moon. To further the joke, I added the extra statement about never being able to catch Z’s as a jab at the fact that Z Version will almost certainly not happen.

The anniversary may be past us, but always remember to train on!

The 20th Anniversary is Coming!

It may be over a month away, but it’s never too early to begin celebrating one of the biggest years in Pokémon’s history. February 27, 2016 is Pokémon’s 20th anniversary! You may have already noticed the new banner above and the countdown timer on the right. These are just two of the ways I plan on celebrating. I have also updated the Bonus Content section with a special 20th Anniversary desktop background I created. Here’s a look:

20th Anniversary Background

Don’t think it ends there though, I have a lot planned for the coming month, including a very special way to celebrate on the actual day of the anniversary.

Never stop catching ’em all!

Myoken the Guiding Light Review

I was inspired to write movies for Cosmic Quest very early on in planning for it. I decided that if I wanted the series to feel as much like the actual series as possible, the addition of periodic movies would help a whole lot. Actually, I made Myoken for this movie. Way back all those years ago when I first created the Tenno Region I created two event-exclusive Legendary Pokémon, but not Myoken. When rebooting the region for Cosmic Quest, I realized that not only was I an event Legendary short from the standard amount of three, but I had yet to create a Pokémon to fit the “Mew Niche.” So Myoken was created, and the story of this movie based off of it.

For those of you who have read the Cosmic Chronicles, you know that I used it as an opportunity to set up for the movie, a prequel of sorts. That was not my original intention at all when planning for the Cosmic Chronicles, but I quickly realized that it was a golden opportunity since the movie would be coming out so soon. So I worked in the characters Aries and Pleiades, replacing a generic Team Interplanetary scientist and tacked on the extra scene at the end with Myoken. As I slightly tied Cosmic Chronicles into the main series, I have also tied the movie into the main series, something that I feel the real show could handle better than they do. Future chapters of Cosmic Chronicles won’t necessarily be tied into movies, this one one just happened to work out.

One interesting fact about the movie that may not be apparent to a reader of the movie is the relationship between Myoken and Dracosmic. It is actually a two-fold reference. Dracosmic is based on the real-world constellation Draco, which wraps around the North Star. The other reference is to Myoken’s mythic origins. The Japanese goddess Myoken was often depicted as riding on the head of a dragon. Hence Dracosmic serves a reference both to the real North Star and the myth of Myoken.

I hope you all enjoyed the first Cosmic Quest movie and are looking forward to the next.

Myoken

Myoken
Classification: The Guiding Pokémon
Type: Psychic/Light
Description: Known as the Guiding Light, Myoken will appear to those who are lost and guide them to what their heart most desires. It is affiliated with the North Star.
Does Not Evolve

Trivia: Myoken is the first event-exclusive Legendary Pokémon to be announced from the Tenno Region. It is meant to fill the same niche occupied by Mew, Celebi, Jirachi, Shaymin, Victini, and Diancie. It’s name is derived from the Japanese goddess of the North Star of the same name. The four arms of and two orbs held by Myoken are also inspired by the same goddess, as she was depicted with four arms and as holding the sun and moon discs. As an event-exclusive Legendary, the only way to obtain Myoken is either through a direct download event or via a special item known as the Polar Pass, only given away at a specific event. Once the Polar Pass is obtained, you can take it to the captain of the hover-boat, the S.S. Galaxy (the main transport between Horizoport City and Kanaveral City, as well as the only way to get to the Pokémon League). Once the Polar Pass is shown to him, the captain will recount to you a story of when he was just a young cabin boy and his ship got lost at sea. Myoken appeared to guide the ship home. He tells you that that Polar Pass proves that you are worthy of meeting Myoken, so he’ll bring you Myoken’s home, the star-shaped island known as Far North Isle. The island is mostly covered in frost and snow, but if you travel there at night, you will be treated to a magnificent view of the stars. The only thing on this island is Myoken, which you can challenge to battle and try to capture as you want.

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