Gaming Post 28: Pokémon Platinum Version

The random number generator has determined that the next gaming article I should write should be about what was probably the most important video game in my online career. That game was Pokémon Platinum Version, and I recorded an entire live action adventure when I originally played it in Spring of 2009.

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I’m not sure if my words can do justice in describing what the release of Pokémon Platinum meant to me and what my friends and I did following its release, but I will try. To make a long story short, I had decided to start over catching all 493 Pokémon that existed back then without trading with anything besides game files that I created after the release of Platinum. The main reason I did this was to ensure that, when I would eventually complete the Pokédex, none of my Pokémon would have been created due to cheating. Since people are technically able to create cheated Pokémon or clone previously legitimate ones (thus making both the copy and the original cheated), and they can also trade those Pokémon to people who don’t know that they are cheated, who can (without even knowing) offer a cheated Pokémon to you or a Pokémon who is descended from the cheated Pokémon via breeding, the internet is not a safe place to obtain Pokémon when you want to maintain 100% legitimacy.

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Not only did I reset my adventure for the sake of legitimacy, but also for the sake of honor. I wanted to prove that I could catch all of the Pokémon by myself and become a Pokémon Master.

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Trainer Zelgerath, @Zelgerath on Twitter

To see the full details of my endeavor, please watch the embedded video. It’s pretty long, but it took several months of work to create. It all started on March 22, 2009. There were a few surprises here and there along the way, but I don’t want to spoil them, so here’s the video in its entirety. Enjoy!

After catching every Pokémon available in the Sinnoh Region, there were only a few left I needed to catch, and as Summer vacation had just started, I went on a continuation of the quest to obtain all the Pokémon that at that time had to come from older games. I called it The Platinum MasterQuest, and it can be viewed below. Again, it’s long, but several months of work went into it, and I honestly think it’s worth a view if you liked the video above.

The video ends just before Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver’s release, with only Celebi missing from my Pokédex, but that’s a story to be concluded in another article on Zelgerath.com! =)

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Celebi’s empty space bothered me for years.

One thing I really liked about the game Pokémon Platinum itself was its inclusion of an alternate dimension called The Distortion World. It was only featured for a short amount of time during the story, but I thought it was pretty neat.

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Here’s a silly Assassin’s Creed and Pokémon Platinum crossover picture I made. Pokémon Platinum features The Distortion World, the home of Giratina, where the laws of physics don’t apply.

Thanks for Reading/Watching! I Appreciate it! =D

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Gaming Post 21: JumpStart First Grade

The random number generator has chosen a game from my childhood that I only played for a little while. It was called JumpStart First Grade.

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My friend Jonah actually owned this game when it was new, while I owned JumpStart Second Grade (before getting JumpStart Third Grade, which is the best edition I ever played), so I’m not as familiar with the game as he is, but I did eventually complete it after I played the game at my own house.

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It’s not very long, but essentially, as the player you do activities around the school and collect animated milk bottle caps. I had to find images of the game on the internet to remember what some of those activities were.

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My favorite was probably the cafeteria game that taught fractions. The kids wanted different amounts of different food, so the objective was to fill their orders.

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Then, they teach you how to work a cash register.

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Of course there was a game in which you learned about American money and making exact change with it in order to get an item from the vending machine.

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You can also sort pizza orders, but some of them are considered inedible by normal humans. Don’t mess it up or you may end up with a lawsuit on your hands!

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None of those ingredients are fit for human consumption.

You can also cook, but again, be careful.

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Not enough milk or eggs! The dog isn’t phased though.

You earn bottle caps from completing activities, and it really doesn’t take that long to get them all. Then apparently you can use them to play games during recess.

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What I think is weird about this game is that it is perpetually lunch time, recess, and field trips. JumpStart School doesn’t appear to have any classes either. There are no chairs anywhere. Still, the game’s pretty good, but it’s pretty short, and it’s nothing compared to JumpStart Third Grade. If you’re going to try one of these old games out on your kids, definitely go for JumpStart Third Grade rather than this. I beat it when I was in first grade, but it’s still a pretty lengthy game. Here’s my article about it if you are curious.

https://zelgerath.com/2015/01/12/gaming-post-7-jumpstart-3rd-grade/

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As always, Thanks for Reading! =)