Pokemon Community

Posted: August 31, 2017 in Essays, Everything, Fandom, My Life, Pokemon

Pokemon are friends and partners of many children for the past two generation. Pokemon, a shortened version of the name Pocket Monsters, comes in many forms, from plushies to Trading cards and from mobile games and apps to an anime TV series. It was through the mobile app Pokemon Go that got me interested in the franchise and the TV series was the thing that got me hooked on Pokemon. As I watched Ash and Pikachu friendship grow and had fights with other Pokemon, it made me want to fight and enjoy the Pokemon world too.

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The first two games, Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green on Nintendo Gameboy was created by Games Freak, originally a small-time gaming magazine. The idea for Pokemon was created by Satoshi Tajiri, who drew his inspiration from his childhood bug collecting in Machida, Tokyo. Drawing from the same idea of going out into the woods and hunting for bugs, Satoshi recreated the same passion by having you go out into the wild and collect creatures called Pokemon. And similar to trading insects and showing off his bugs, players were able to connect with each other’s Gameboy through the Gameboy Link Cable, allowing them to trade or even challenging each other to a Pokemon Battle.

As a teenager, Satoshi Tajiri found a new hobby of gaming and created a self-published magazine called Game Freak with the help of a few friends. Games around that time were all in Arcades and most of them weren’t that great, so in 1989 they started to create their own arcade games and made Game Freak a game developer. Later in 1996, when Gameboy came out Game Freak teamed up with Nintendo and published the two first Pokemon games in Japan, which was a huge success. Over the years, it spread from Japan to all over the world with new games coming out nearly every year, every time with something new.

A company called Media Factory, separate from Nintendo, started created a table top card game called Pokemon Trading Card Game and started selling the cards, but in 2003 Nintendo took over the making and selling the product. The Card game is huge, there are now tournaments in cities and there is also a Pokemon World Championships where hundreds of Pokemon Trading Card Game players come to compete against each other with their Pokemon decks.

The Pokemon franchise became an empire, people all over the world creating fan art, costumes and playing the Pokemon Trading Card Game or watching the anime.  All this, from a game, but why do people love it so much?

Pokemon creates the three things, connection, interaction, and community. In the Gameboy games, you could connect with other players by connecting each other’s Gameboy with a cable and fight each other with their Pokemon or even trade. When you meet someone with a Gameboy, you both had a similar interest and could interact, which grew into a community where you share and encourage your interests.

I know this will sound silly but, for me, in the game, I have a strong relationship of sorts with my Pokemon. In Pokemon Moon, I trust and love my Pokemon and get all teary if I put them in my storage unit in the game, especially if I’ve battled with them for a long time. I built a sort of a virtual relationship with them because I’ve travel around in their world with them by my side, and had dozens, if not hundreds, of battles with them. You kinda build that type of relationship with them and I think that’s amazing how Satoshi created a game where you create something like that, which I’ve heard he meant to do in the original games, to help people to overcome certain fears or problems in their lives.

Pokemon Trading Card Game is another way players can connect and grow into a community. Pokemon Trading Card Game, or Pokemon TCG, is a table top card game where you have a deck with a very of Pokemon and other cards, you then place your Pokemon out onto the table fight the opponent till either your Pokemon or theirs faints when their health reaches zero. People play it for different reasons. “Once you connect with something fun and harmless like Pokemon TCG, it’s just another avenue for fun like playing Spades, Monopoly, or Mortal Kombat. Fun is fun man. That’s why we play.” Rogue Archetype said on pokegyme.net.

People also play the game to collect Pokemon Cards, which I must say is very fun. The feeling of having hundreds of different cards, each one different from the last one is very exciting, and also very hard. You’ll have to search hundreds of Pokemon packs or you could trade with others for certain Pokemon that you want, that’s another way to connect and make a community. Though it’s easier if you just buy it online for the cards you want, but that feeling of trading with someone is really thrilling.

For me, I play the card game because it’s both fun and so I can connect with others who have the same interest. Thanks to Pokemon TCG, I’m able to get up and announce that I’m hosting a game every so often and share my interest. I believe that’s what Satoshi Tajiri wanted when he first came up with the idea of Pokemon, those three things, connection, interaction, and community. Pokemon is a way for people to do those things and it has. For the past 21 years, Pokemon has grown into an empire that has brought many children and adults closer and created many new relationships.

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Since Christmas is coming, I thought I might ask a simple question. What does Christmas mean to me? If I had to write three things about Christmas that was from the top of my head, they would be;

  1. Jesus Christ
  2. Presents
  3. and Family

Yet, yesterday I was asked that question at Youth Group and I thought about it quite deeply. What is the true meaning of Christmas? I answered the question saying ‘The Beginning of Salvation.’ That is really, what Christmas is really about.

From his very birth, Jesus was carving the path for us to follow to salvation. From the very beginning he was living a perfect life, a sinless life so that he could die on the cross and be our perfect sacrifice, cleansing our hearts from sins that a simple lamb couldn’t do.

What does Christmas mean to you when you think hard about it?

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I want you to close your eyes and focus on that blank board in front of you. If something pops into your head, accept it and move on. Now, breathe. Breath in, breath out. Again. And again, breathe in and out.

Mediation, a helpful focusing tool, and in Japan mediation was done in Zen Gardens, built with pure nature materials. They can be quite calming and peaceful. Zen Gardens also be created by just sand, gravel, and stones. The sand would symbolize water, and stones symbolized clouds or mountains.  An apprentice would rake the sand, creating ripples in the sand, symbolizing flowing water.

In Zen Garden, they often built teahouses, where they drink tea in Tea ceremonies. Inside the Teahouses, everyone who entered by the three-foot tall door was equal, everyone from the Shogun to the Samurai’s. Before entering they left their thing outside, anything that would show authority or power. Inside they were quiet, drinking their tea peacefully.

The Samurai inside a teahouse weren’t allowed to think about the battles or war’s that were happening or happened outside, yet in a battle they often think about their Zen Garden’s. There was once a Samurai who stopped fighting to cut a bamboo which he thought would make a lovely vase for his Garden. These Samurai’s are crazy about how far they would get a vase for their garden!

Funny things I laugh @..

Posted: November 18, 2015 in Everything

We’ve all done things we later realize we did wrong, and sometimes we slap ourselves and sometimes we just look around sheepishly.  We sometimes love to laugh at the things we do incorrectly. So here are things I laugh at and things I do myself (I’m going to have some help with some Gifs which I love)

  1. Singing a song and later found out that I was singing it wrong. Have you ever sung a song and later found out you were singing it wrong. I sure have! My face is usely like: tumblr_mnem18zhtq1reokfao1_500
  2. My own blonde moment. Every single person has their own level of a blonde moment, but we all have it. For myself mine would be when I tipped a container of yogurt over my head to look inside, and then the yogurt spilt all over me. We had our dog like most of it off before I got hosed down.
    A blonde moment could come in different sizes or acts; an example would be something like this >>>  (watch the girl on the far right, although I might say the middle girl is having a stupidity moment as well.)
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  3. Best. scares. Ever. We love scaring people, and people love scaring us. I’m easy to scare at times, especially when I’m not expecting it. The best time I ever gotten a fright is when my brother got a Batman mask and grabbed my black cloak and jump up onto a rafter, waiting for me to pass by. When I passed by him, he fell down, scaring the living daylight out of me.
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  4. When People get hurt we tend to ‘oooh’ at it and giggle a bit. Example;
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  5. When I see a gif that’s so  true.
  6. Or when the gif is just simply too funny!! LOL

martial-arts-291051_1280The Samurai are the Japanese warriors, who were created in the first place to serve the lords  in a time when they couldn’t raise enough warriors by villages. Samurai’s were born into their place as a Samurai, yet the first Samurai’s were all men from the upper classes, all educated in the world . As years passed the Samurai’s became more powerful and after a battle between them one Samurai became shogun, the ruler of Japan yet they kept the Emperor as the figure yet the Shogun held the real power over the small country.

A Samurai lived by a code called Bushido, which makes them live by;

  • Honour
  • Loyalty
  • Benevolence
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Rectitude
  • Courage

Samurai’s were also well educated, also peaceful yet they were also a dangerous. They are like a two face coin, one side peaceful, writing poems and mediating. The other side they held their battle sword, the Katana in hand and beheading their enemies or peasants who offended them.

They were the only people in Japan who were allowed to carry both of their swords, the Katana and their shorter sword the wakizashi in public. They were born into their class, the Samurai’s class and also what daimyo (lord) they serve. As I said before they lived with loyalty, and they were. No amount of money or rice (a form of payment in Japan) could bribe them to serve another daimyo.

Their swords were specially made, by noble, one of the very few trades a noble would do. Their sword was given to them as a baby, and as they grew up they kept that sword and if their sword broke or if they lost it, it would bring great shame to him.  When they died their swords were buried beside them. It makes me think of loyal companion, created to be with them and together they were buried. They were so loyal to them that, their swords killed them so not to bring disgrace upon them rather to let them live in humiliation. Such as sad story.

The Samurai are amazing breed of warriors, their first weapons were the bows and lances and swords and then later became deadly at swords. When guns came to Japan they became excellent shooters, they had three times more marksmen men than the Spanish. They were great warriors for their times yet the ravager’s of time caught up with them and took them into the past, now only a martial art and history of a small country.

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The Coral Island, was written by R.M. Ballantyne for boys who enjoy adventure. He wrote in his preface; “If there is any boy or man who loves to be melancholy and morose, and who cannot enter with kindly sympathy into the regions of fun, let me seriously advise him to shut my book and put it away. It is not meant for him.” Wow, ok… I’ll give it a spin.

The book took some time to finish yet on 26th of October this year I’ve finished it. The book was all about these three boys who were shipped wrecked on an island in the Pacific Ocean where they battled to survive. They battled salvation, sharks, and one of them got captured by pirates.

I found the book interesting and hard at first to start reading because I’ve haven’t really read a book written like that before. It took some time to get it yet I eventually got the hang of it.

The reason’s I enjoyed it was because they spoke on how life was back then, and how the Gospel was slowly reaching the islands where the cannibals lived. Another reason I liked it was because they showed plants that grew on their island and they also showed how they survived. It was very interesting reading it as a writer and I was able to see a few more things for my writings, although it just simply good just to read something in that format of writing.

If you want a book that’s full of adventures this is a good book to read for that.

My family and I recently watched Inside Out, an newly released Pixar movie about emotions who have… well, feelings. Emotions having Emotions… what’s next! But I’ve found it extremely well made. The story plot and the characters were done to perfection, these Emotions characters live inside a girl’s head whose name is Riley. I also liked how Pixar made memories so important to Riley personalty, showing that emotions and memories make who you are. The whole story plot is quite complex so I won’t go explain the movie, I’ll just introduce the Emotions to you.
Riley’s main emotion she feels is Joy.

I got: Joy! Which Inside Out "Emotion" Do You Channel?The giff above this is the character/Emotion, Joy.Happy, chatty joyful Joy. Ever since Riley was born Joy has always tried to keep Riley happy and joyful and give her lots of happy memories.

The bubbly texture of the characters’ skin cost a fortune to animate. | 19 Super Interesting Facts About Disney's "Inside Out"

The Yellow balls are happy/joyful memories

Now, please welcome…  Sadness. A blue, sad, unsure what to do emotion.

I got: Sadness! Which Inside Out "Emotion" Do You Channel?

She was the second emotion we saw in the beginning of the movie. Since the beginning of the movie Joy was unsure what to do with Sadness because she wants to keep Riley happy, yet the only thing Sadness can do is make her sadness. Through out the movie Joy finds out more about Sadness and how Sadness effects Riley’s happiness and joys.

 

 

 

 

Boo!! *high pitch scream* …. Meet Fear.Writers originally drew six emotions: the current five, plus “Surprise.” | 19 Super-Interesting Facts About Pixar's "Inside Out"
Fear here is the fellow who keeps Riley safe, from tripping on cords to being afraid of being called to the front of class. Now, Riley’s father Fear Emotion is funny.

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Riley’s dad Fear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omg from like every inside out quiz I get anger

Mr head-on-fire is Angry (I think you could guess that.) He does all the angry stuff. He’s angry. He has control over the rude, angry stuff..

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Now this is Disgust, she’s the one who keeps Riley from being poisoned, both physically and socially.I Love Disgust! XD

 

Now that you’ve met the characters I would like to show you the reason I like the movie so much. The reason I like this movie was because there never been anything like it. Not what I’ve seen before. Have you heard a story through the eyes of our emotions who live inside you heads? And a lot of people can now see what emotion their going through and already people are using these characters to help kids discuss their emotions.

I’ve really enjoyed watching this movie and I do recommend it for others. I would watch it again and again if I had it… well, Christmas is coming!

Iron man Series 2I’ve just finished watching the series Marvel Anime: Iron Man, a twelve episode series where Tony Stark (aka… Ok, never mind we all know who he is) is building an Arc Reactor in Japan to supply the world with pure and unlimited free power. From the very beginning Tony had… difficulties. At the beginning we also find out that he was retiring from being Iron Man. He donned the armour back on after his Iron Man replacement’s test-suit started going wild.  Through the series he fought dozens of robots who were built by a terrorist group called the Zodiac.

I enjoyed watching this series because of its storyline (Iron man is one of the few heroes I enjoy watching) and the slight tension you feel between the breaks. My favourite episode in this series was no doubt the eighth episode, Daughter of the Zodiac. This episode cracked me up at Tony and broke my heart as well; it did both so well and so evenly, I’ll give it a 10/10. It was that good. My second favourite would be the last one… it broke my heart at a few points. *sob* =’(

I really enjoyed this series, it was very appropriate for an Anime show (I know that not all Anime shows are inappropriate but there are a lot of bad shows out there, and this show could’ve been worse as this had Tony Stark as the main character.) I would watch it again if/when I had the time.

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I’ve recently discovered that there are two types of fears. Fear is a force inside of us that wants us to be in control of things, like we might fear that the plane we’re on might crash. One of my fears is the fear of the dark, mainly because I don’t know what’s in front of me. We want to be in control and we want to keep ourselves safe from the future.

The first fear is a good fear, which keeps us safe from doing; let’s say just say stupid things such as putting our hand in a mixer. We know it will cut us and hurt us so we keep our hands back. Good fears are supposed to keep us safe and does so even if we don’t realize it. Another part of the Good Fears are knowing what/who to fear, fearing God for example is Good Fear, because that’s where he belongs. If we aren’t afraid of him as God and all-powerful we won’t fully understand him and see how awe-inspiring and all-powerful he is. Fearing the wrong thing can lead to disaster in our life, like fearing we’re going to hurt someone if we’re with them.

The second fear is of course a Bad Fear, which promises to keep you safe but they really ruin your life. It lies to you to make think you’re in control or safe from things you’re afraid of.

A good example of this and how it destroys lives is Elsa from the movie Frozen. She was afraid of herself and hurting someone she love. Her fears lied to her that she would be able to protect the ones she love if she lock herself in her room and close the door to others, not experience their love for her. The movie nearly ended with her fear to protect others was hurting herself and the people she loved.

Love; we learnt in the movie is more powerful then fear. Like the saying says, “Great things comes in small packages” which in this instance it means love can be shown in small ways and in ways that aren’t romantic. Anna showed her love for Elsa by being there outside Elsa’s door for her for years and coming to her when Elsa showed her feelings and telling her everything can be alright. She showed a type of love I don’t believe people see or experience often.

Bad Fear brings pain to others and to ourselves, yet Good fear brings safety and respect. Love brings joy, happiness and family together. We need to know who/what to fear, and that love binds family and friends together.

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Taekwondo, the way of the hand and foot.

When I returned from my trip with my family to Turkey, Italy and Switzerland in 2012, I joined a Taekwondo club at home. So it has been nearly four years when I joined. A close friend of mine told me about before I left and when I returned I asked my parents if I could give it a shot. After talking to the instructor, a friend of my mum, my parents allowed me to join. After a few weeks of training my older brother joined as well.

Three years ago, Joshua and I joined the club for a Taekwondo Championship in Darwin, which is also the closest City to us, about 820 km (510 miles) away. At this Darwin Taekwondo Championship, Josh and me sparred Darwin’s club members, both of us winning a silver medal. The Second year we went back, Josh wining a second silver medal and I won an achievement award. And finally, the 2015 Northern Territory Taekwondo Championships was last Saturday, the 8th of August.

So, on last Friday dad flew me and Josh up to Darwin, which we did each year and the other’s from the club drove. The flight took 1 hour and fifty two minuets, a few hours ahead of the others so we went to the movies and watched Ant-man. I enjoyed watching the new Marvel movie, the whole story plot and the animation was VERY good. I liked how they showed the world as an ant-size figure and how he fought…

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Sorry! Won’t say anything more about the movie!!

Anyway, after the movies we went to our hotel and rested. For Friday’s dinner we got some pizza from Domino. Four boxes. One each, with extra. There were  some left overs that night so we took them the next day to the Championship for a snack.

Saturday at Seven, we had breakfast at McDonald which was literally right across the road. An hour later we finally got to the school where the Championship was held indoors. The whole Championship took about nine hours maybe? Anyway, when my spar came up, my opponent didn’t turn up so he was forfeited. I then skipped the Semi-Finals and was thrown into the Final division because there weren’t enough people for me to fight who were the same height and wight (That is how they paired us up, by our Height and Wight.)

The day went on, I tried to keep my self warm as the building the Championship took place was kinda cold. Josh on the other hand had no problem to keep himself warm as he moved himself up the ladder and he finally got to the Finals as well as me. Josh’s final spar was three rounds, each round is two minuets long and between each round there was a minuet rest. Normally there would be only two rounds but on his second spar both of them came out tied and went through another round to see who was the winner. Joshua came up top and took the Gold Medal home with him.

My spar finaly came, and after a quick warm up and pep-talk with my coach, a black belt friend I made back in my club, I faced my first real opponent, a Red Belt ( with three strips on his red belt.) I’m a Blue two (which is two strips on my blue belt) and he’s a belt above me and he was good.

In our second round together he did a kick to the head, gaining two points (the referee thought we weren’t allowed us to do head kicks that why he stopped us, yet we told him we were both above the age of 15, the age where we are allowed to do head kicks and he allowed us to do head kick hence forth.) I knew with that two points he just earned might earned him the Gold Medal, so I gave him a series of head kicks, a few of the hitting. Unfortunately, he moved his head slightly while my one of my head kicks was heading towards him and hit him on the lower cheek. We parted as he recovered from the kick, and than we finished the round.

The scores were then announced and I was ahead by three points! 11-8. I won my first Golden Medal, and it was a great spar as well.

On Sunday around Ten thirty, we left Darwin and arrived back home in time to go to our Church’s morning tea. There were Strawberries on the table, a nice reward for our trip to Darwin and Back Again, a Letchford Tale

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