Backstory: Thoughts on Pokémon Thoughts

When I get back to writing posts here regularly, I’m planning on “rebooting” my series on the newest Pokémon game. I started out writing about it as I was playing — and without knowing much about how its story mode would develop.

I was unprepared for just how different, in subtle but very significant ways, Sword & Shield would be from every other Pokémon game from the past 20+ years. It has surprising approaches and storytelling goals that give the player a fresh narrative experience. The game has learned a lot from all its previous generations and evolved into a new form, just as pokémon themselves do.

I want to focus those differences to highlight why I found the game so different. As before I’ll try to concentrate on the narrative, not the mechanics of the game, though the interaction between those two aspects of playing Pokémon are part of new experience.


Meanwhile though, much of my time continues going to other projects, particularly a couple computer graphics classes I’ll be teaching this semester. When things settled down I’ll be back to posting about Pokémon and my other usual topics.

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