Dudunsparce Is Pokémon’s Greatest Joke

There comes a time in most players’ lives when a fellow connoisseur of gaming will inevitably ask you: “What is your favorite pokémon?” How can you not have one? Everyone’s at least heard of Pokémon, if not invested several years of their lives playing through the franchise’s long list of titles. As common as it is to have people proclaim that Charizard or Pikachu or the various evolutions of Eevee as their favorite, mine is a little more benign.

Dunsparce, my favorite pokémon ever, got an evolution in the latest generation of games in the franchise, Scarlet & Violet. Having learned this, I immediately grew very concerned. Yet my fear was short-lived—Dudunsparce is not only a great new creature to discover, but its existence cements Game Freak as a comedy powerhouse that will stop at nothing to amuse itself by dashing the hopes of fans everywhere.

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to lunriilu

As a short precursor, my past experience with this particular streamer came when they were streaming under a different name. Shortly before Autumn this year, she decided to completely revamp her entire channel to become a Vtuber, deleting all of her past clips, broadcasts, and anything else that may reveal her physical appearance. Going forward, I will detail my experiences primarily with their prior identity, but note that such is no longer the case, at least in appearance.

Earlier in the year, I played quite a bit of Kirby and the Forgotten Land. I quite liked the game, considering it among my favorites, if not the favorite of mine from the franchise. As such, I lingered within the game category on Twitch, finding anyone that could provide some fun background noise with it. I ended up finding that and quite a bit more.

Introducing (now known as) lunriilu. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to Mondo16bit

The events that shape my history on Twitch have begun to slow. Since making a home on the site back in late 2020, I’ve sort of exhausted the positive effects of connecting with people as my life begun to turn inward. Though the decline was inevitable, I still carried on with my habit of searching game categories and picking out streamers that looked interesting to me.

August of 2022. Soon I would turn 29, yet my life was slowly dwindling as my jobhunt continued fruitless. On a whim, I felt the urge to discover, so I went down the Super Mario Sunshine rabbit hole. It’s had good results in the past. A face would greet me then, one with a sort of simplistic filter that highlighted the shades and color of the human head. Triggering a “This person has some semblance of knowledge on how to stream,” sensation, I dove in.

Introducing Mondo16bit. (← Link to his Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to MollyNotTheDrug

The prior entry was a substantial step back from current times. With today’s subject, we’re at the very least within the current year. Ironically enough, how I stumbled upon this streamer and the one linked prior was the same: Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. (Might be one of my favorite games to watch.)

Mid-July. It’s been several months since I became unemployed and desperately searching for something to ease the bleeding of my finances. Discouraged from the lack of opportunities, I again turn to Twitch to find something entertaining to distract me from my pessimism. Usually, avatars are more likely to pull me in to a stream, but there was a particular whimsy to one streamer’s name that had me hooked just from the absurdity of it.

Introducing MollyNotTheDrug. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to CraftyKaname

Let’s go back in time. Not too far, but just enough to make one think that it could have felt like yesterday: August of 2021. Just over a year ago, I did what I occasionally like to do while on Twitch and browsed game categories to see who might be playing some of my favorites. It’s a tad more commonplace nowadays, but seeing a blue-haired anime girl with a flashy smile was certainly more rare to me than random-meme-image-number-8945. I gave it a click.

T’was rough. Clearly had a time and a half trying to get everything situated, the model was a little janky, and the overlay was sort of a bleach for the eyes. Despite this, the host was cheerful and almost naively energetic, a youthful innocence and endearment that had left my soul for some decade or so. I immediately assumed she was a child. (Still not entirely convinced she isn’t.) As a sort of shrug that conveyed a laissez-faire attitude, just before disaster, I clicked the “follow” button.

Introducing CraftyKaname. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Fighting the Urge to Overconsume

How do you eat a snack? Do you take minimal, multiple bites to savor the flavor and pace yourself? Or do you eat it all in one bite, size allowing? I tend to fall under the latter situation, and have throughout my entire life. Might be why I’ve always been overweight. Though for the purposes of this piece, I wish to elaborate that this also falls into another unhealthy habit of mine that has recently found itself diminishing the volume of my creativity in recent weeks.

The snack analogy is an easy, quick way to establish what exactly I mean by “overconsumption” in the title. A majority of the time, I take substantial bites out of my food, quickly nourishing myself with the beloved happy chemicals that come with tasting something scrumptious. The same can be said of my daily habits and activities—hobbies, if you will. It is not simply food, but the things that I look forward to in a given day. I consume to high degrees in just about everything. Lately, it has become somewhat alarming.

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to HazeO3O

In my last post, I mentioned early on that in the fourth quarter of 2021, only two people I ended up following remain followed to this day. Conveniently enough, today’s shoutout target was the second survivor… barely.

Late December. My Christmas spirit was in full swing just days away from the big day. On a lazy afternoon, a few weeks removed from leaving my full-time job at KeenGamer, I came upon a rarity: someone playing New Pokémon Snap on Twitch. Humorously enough, I never saw a single snap.

Instead, the streamer was in the middle of some sort of aside… I think. Her lovely gobbo-model taking up a majority of the screen with chat right next to her. It was a glorified Just Chatting stream, categorized in another (likely absentmindedly). And though I came in hoping for some relaxing gameplay, the streamer ended up amusing me with the help of her bombastic community.

Introducing HazeO3O. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to Citrusine_

Looking back on the tail end of 2021, it was a relatively uneventful time for me on Twitch. Some tentative follows here and there, though many of them have since become unfollowed. Spanning from late August to New Year’s Eve, only two streamers I chose to follow are still followed. As I’m sure you could guess, one of those two are the subject of today’s post.

Recently removed from watching someone stream Kalos Crystal for the first time, I was in a bit of a Pokémon hype mode. Seeking out streamers playing various (older) Pokémon titles, a bright orange overlay appealed to the eye. A Platinum Nuzlocke with a nifty streaming set-up, providing a colorful trek into an otherwise muddy first gym town. What began as a search for nostalgic Pokémon sights and sounds ended up a discovery of personified Vitamin C.

Introducing Citrusine_. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to MissMorri

My initial round of Twitch streamer shoutouts came in July of last year. At the time, I had been following close to thirty people—unfortunately, about a third of those people have since become unfollowed. Though with time comes new opportunities; to discover streams and streaming personalities that wind up giving you fulfilled motivation as to why you use Twitch in the first place.

If you’ve been here long enough, you know that I love me some Donkey Kong Country. A childhood staple and, reportedly, the first game I ever played. Sadly, browsing the franchise on Twitch doesn’t normally get a lot of hits, so I’ve been left ape-less for long spurts of time. Sometimes, though, you find that right person at the right time who provides the flair reminiscent of the fun that the Kongs get into with each game. The end of August was the start missmorri.

Introducing MissMorri. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Top 10 Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh Card Artworks

Like many youngsters in the early 2000’s, I was quite fond of this new card-game phenomenon by the name of Yu-Gi-Oh. Complete with super-censored anime adaptation airing at the time, my interest peaked pretty early, only to slowly dwindle as the different generations rolled around (mid-way through GX for me, personally). Still, if there was one thing I could harbor a deep affection for, it was the super rad artistic aesthetic of the collectible cards.

Yes, I was one of those people who would collect the cards to stare at the cool artwork and not actually play the game.

A random urge recently came over me to re-visit some of those old artworks that titillated my younger mind. In time, that urge to simply view transformed into an urge to rank, to assert my opinion in a structured fashion that speaks to me on a spiritual level. Now, here we are; these are my favorite Yu-Gi-Oh card artworks, based solely on how rad I think they are.

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