Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Game Analysis: Art 5101

Cristina Feret
Art 5101 art and games
Written assignment 1

                  Pocket Monsters, better known as Pokemon, is a roleplaying game that has been around since 1996 in Japan and 1998 in the USA. The main goal of the game is to catch all of the monsters and to become champion of the region. Despite that the game is 20 years old and has developed many versions with developing technology, the game play and remained quite the same. To keep the game fresh for each generation of versions that are released, a new region is available to explore and new monsters are added to the list to catch. Even though the game’s target age is for children, the current majority fan base are the 20-somethings that grew up playing the series.
                  The functioning basics of the game are like that of many other roleplaying games that have battles. However, the protagonist isn’t the one fighting physically, the monsters or Pokemon are. A  Pokemon trainer can have six Pokemon with them at a time. Each Pokemon’s status are unique. Each species has a base stat amount and with training their stats become unique to each individual Pokemon. These stats include Hit Points also known as health, Speed, Attack, Special Attack, Defense and Special Defense. Special stats are based on attacks that are elemental or magic based and do not come from physical contact. Once the hit point number reaches zero, the Pokemon is considered fainted and can no longer participate in battle. Another Pokemon would have to take its place to continue the battle. Items can also be used to revive a Pokemon to participate in battle and also heal its hit point number. However, if an item is used it counts as an attacking turn. Once a trainer has no remaining Pokemon that can fight, they have lost the battle and have to give the winning trainer money.

                  The game implements the battles in the main story line. Defeat the gym leaders across the region. Head to victory road, battle the elite 4 and then you can face the current champion. If you defeat their Pokemon team, you are now the champion. There are also after game missions that can be completed.
                  Despite that Pokemon began with 151 creatures to catch, the last released version contains 802 Pokemon. This number is very overwhelming, but it still keeps my interest because there are so many new things and old nostalgic things to explore. I also enjoy the gaming community within the Pokemon fan base. Pokemon has always been a social game. We need each other to catch all of the Pokemon in the list, and much of the game outside of story mode is for 2 to 4 players. With modern technology allowing easy access to quick connections to the internet and infrared wireless connection, playing Pokemon has been more social than ever. The Pokemon Company also hosts regional, national and international competitions that offer cash and scholarship awards to completive Pokemon players who reach top ranks at the event. Earning money for playing my favorite video game? Count me in.