Pokemon Green Version Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Pokemon Green Version RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The World Video Game Hall of Fame Inducts Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II, Pokemon, and Halo https://www.gameskinny.com/xzdov/the-world-video-game-hall-of-fame-inducts-donkey-kong-street-fighter-ii-pokemon-and-halo https://www.gameskinny.com/xzdov/the-world-video-game-hall-of-fame-inducts-donkey-kong-street-fighter-ii-pokemon-and-halo Thu, 04 May 2017 11:14:35 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The video game world finally knows which games made it into the 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame. At a ceremony held today at The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, a panel of video game experts and journalists announced its decision. 

Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II, Pokemon Red and Green, and Halo: Combat Evolved will be joining the ranks of other well-remembered and beloved titles such as The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Grand Theft Auto III, and World of Warcraft

John-Paul Dyson, director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games and VP of Exhibits for the Strong Museum said:

Play is an essential activity, [one] critical to human development, through the world of video games. The [Video Game Hall of Fame] recognizes games of all types ... that have exerted influence and popularity over a long period of time.   

And today, The Strong showcased that vision and sentiment by inducting games that were released over a 30-year span and have greatly influenced both casual and hardcore gamers alike. 

Donkey Kong

Released in 1981, Donkey Kong arcade took the world by storm and introduced gamers across cultures to the most beloved plumber of all time: Super Mario. On top of that, the game spawned a franchise of sequels that spanned the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64, where Donkey Kong and his rag-tag group of compatriots embark on zany and endearing adventures The game inspired a generation of game developers to take gaming to new and inventive heights.

Street Fighter II

Street Fighter II revolutionized competitive gaming when it released in arcades in 1991. Through numerous sequels and iterations, Street Fighter II not only made the fighting game genre what it is today, but it was one of the games at the forefront of the competitive gaming scene, and what would ultimately transform into the eSports community. 

Pokemon Red & Green 

Pokemon Red and Green both released in 1996 on the Gameboy and were the first games of the now-beloved franchise to be released to the public at large. Since then, these games have spawned a franchise that continues to take the world by storm via myriad mobile games, such as Pokemon Sun and Moon and Pokemon Go. What's more, the franchise has etched its mark on pop culture history with the phrase "Gotta' Catch Em' All," alongside numerous animated films and television series. 

Halo: Combat Evolved

The release of Halo: Combat Evolved for the original Xbox in 2001 was a watershed moment for the FPS genre. Although other shooters had already begun to eschew the on-rails, corridor-confined designs of titles such as Doom and Wolfenstein, Halo: Combat Evolved took the genre to new heights for a new generation of gamers with its story-driven campaign and frenetic multiplayer combat. Over the years, the game has cemented itself in not only gaming culture but pop culture at large. 

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Finalists for the World Video Game HoF Class of 2017 were chosen over the past year through open voting on The Strong's website by thousands of gamers from more than 100 countries. 

Established in 2015, the World Video Game Hall of Fame judges and inducts members based on cultural impact, longevity, game design, and geographical reach, among other criteria. The museum considers all electronic games for induction, including arcade, console, handheld, PC, and mobile games. 

Voting for the World Video Game Hall of Fame Class of 2018 is currently open on the museum's website until February 28, 2018. 

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On Legends and Reality: A Minor Insight Into First Generation Pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/e34e8/on-legends-and-reality-a-minor-insight-into-first-generation-pokemon https://www.gameskinny.com/e34e8/on-legends-and-reality-a-minor-insight-into-first-generation-pokemon Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:00:02 -0400 Joshua Harris

Pokemon is rife with history, in and outside of the long line of games. The legendary pokemon, however, set the golden standard by which future installations in the franchise would order and balance for future trios. The three birds, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are birds of creation. Along with it, the playful and rarely-seen pokemon Mew central to the pokemon creation mythology. Generation 1 was central in establishing the narrative for future games and creating the formula by which the mythology would evolve. 

On Ice

Known as the winged mirages, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres are responsible for keeping the elemental forces of the pokemon world in check. The first of the legendary birds, Articuno, is said to be able to manipulate ice by freezing the surrounding moisture in the air. Even its wings have the ability to chill the air, which contribute to conversion of water to snow in the air. Legends state that it stays in the peaks of icy mountains, waiting to save those explorers who get lost and find themselves near death.

The real-life bird it was based on, however, was not as friendly. Once believed to be a noble bird created by Jehovah, the Anka indiscriminately devoured all the animals on Earth, prompting it to consume humans (primarily children). After preying upon those asking Jehovah for salvation, their god removed the birds ability to procreate which eventually lead to their extinction (although their reported lifespan was about 1,700 years). Not much else is known except that this creature shares traits with two other mythical beings: the Pheonix and Thunderbird. 

A Shocking Revelation

Differing from its icy compatriot, Zapdos has sharper, more 'electric', plumage. The electrical charges protruding from its body are said to produce lightning bolts when it is airborne. Its home is in the thunderclouds and is drawn out by naturally accuring thunder storms. Lightning strikes are said to increase its power as well. Based upon North American indigenous mythology, Zapdos draws its inspiration from the Thunderbird.

There are several mythologies regarding the ancient bird in Algonquian mythology, such as the Thunderbird control the upperworld while underworld is controlled by the Great Horned Serpent. Zapdos, much like the Thunderbird, has an x-shaped appearance and creates electricity. The Menominee, however, state that they control the rain and enjoy fighting. Their enemies are the great horned snakes, the Misikinubik which would have otherwise consumed mankind had it not been for their protection. In the Ojibwe version of the story, the Thunderbirds were creatd by the Nanabozho for the purpose of fighting the underwater spirits and to punish humans who were immoral. 

Like a Phoenix From the Ashes

The final legendary bird, Moltres, is the last of the winged mirages. Noted for its ability to control fire, it is identifiable by its flaming plumage . Moltres is said to live in especially hot regions, most notably volcanoes. In the spring it will migrate to the south, signaling the start of a new season.

Its real life counterpart, the Phoenix, is cyclically reborn in the decomposing and fiery remains of its old life. The red and yellow coloration is the more popular interpretation of the legend's appearance, but there is no actual consensus on what the Phoenix actually looks like. Both birds are said to regenerate when injured as well; the Phoenix will heal naturally while Moltres will dip its wounds in molten magma to cure itself. 

A Mew Too

The pink mammalian pokemon Mew is historically integral to the Pokemon series. Within its DNA lies the genetic code for every pokemon in existence which, in reality, can be hearkened back to a common ancestor for all life on Earth. Its geography is even based in the real world, it was discovered in the Pokemon world deep in the jungles of Guyana, South America. Mewtwo, its counterpart, was created in a lab making one of the few man-made pokemon in this universe. Appearing humanoid and feline, Mewtwo was created from the attempts at gene splicing a pregnant Embryo, which in turn created a powerful and cold-hearted fighting machine. 

 

It is clear that while based in slivers reality, the Pokemon universe exemplifies its own in-game mythology while paying homage to its predecessors. Not only did the generation one games cement itself in the industry as one of the largest franchised to ever be created, it set the standard for future Pokemon games in terms of their narratives and kickstarted the legendary trio narrative. 

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