Why Pokemon Shuffle Doesn’t Work For Me

Pokémon Shuffle was released forever ago. February 18th to be exact. When it came out, I ignored it, stuck in my bias that it was Free Too Play garbage, and I had tons of other stuff to play. My mom and sister checked it out, and they seemed really into it, so around April or May I decided to give it a try.

Pokemon Shuffle is a match three puzzle game with pokemon. You match pokemon to beat the pokemon you’re fighting in a certain turn limit who will put obstacles in your way, and then you try to catch it. It’s really simple and lots of fun. But there’s a slight issue which divides people on whether it’s a good game or not. Each time you enter battle, it costs a heart. Hearts are regenerated every thirty minutes, and you can accumulate up to five. Which is kinda dumb when each match lasts about 30 seconds. You can buy crystals, which gives you more hearts, although you can earn a small amount of crystals in game. I’ve rarely heard of people spending money on the game, most players just play every two and a half hours and don’t spend a dime.  People who play that way are quick to lash out at those who criticize the system, saying that not wanting to play that way is impatient.

Pokemon Shuffle breaks my heart. I love the gameplay. But it doesn’t work for me. I’m a person who has a full time job, a hour drive to said full time job, and lots of socializing to do outside that full time job. Usually the way I play video games is a few hours a few times a week, and a game that’s wants to be babysat like a Tamogotchi is not going to cut it. I’m probably playing less then ten minutes all week. Yes, I could buy crystals, but the amount of money I would be shelling out would be way too much compared to what playtime I would be getting because the rate isn’t that good, and there isn’t a cap.

I don’t think Pokemon Shuffle is utter garbage though, I think there’s definitely a way to play it and enjoy it, it just doesn’t work for me. I don’t think the argument that everyone who doesn’t like Pokemon Shuffle hearts system is impatient is valid either. If you’re someone who doesn’t play videogames that often, it is really underwhelming. Meanwhile, I’ll probably pick up Pokemon Battle Trozei, which is only $7.99, and will fit much better to my playstyle as well as play Pokemon Rumble World (which I will point out that I actually spent money on compared to Pokemon.

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Cleaning Up

I have finally finished cleaning up An Obsessive Compulsive Blog. I think. I deleted the blogroll because it sucked and was out of date, let me know if you want me to check out your blog for my new blogroll (chances are I’ll add you).

Twitter was updated to new twitter because previous twitter was hacked by Russian spam.

All previous banners were removed caused they used fanart, and using fanart without permission or credit is not cool and I was dumb for doing it in the past. Current banner is an end card from one episode of Nisekoi. All banners from now on will either be official art or screenshots from anime, because there is no good way for me to make sure artists get credited when using their work for a banner.

Keeping the rubric up because while I don’t see myself writing any full length reviews, I like the rubric, and if I change my mind, while I will rewrite it, I’d like that as a base.

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Dancing On Broken Glass Impressions

This is part of book project where I read books focusing on bipolar disorder, or bipolar characters,

Dancing On Broken Glass is the story of Lucy and Mickey. Mickey is type 1 bipolar, usually resulting in severe manic episodes that put him in the psychiatric ward. Lucy worries a lot about cancer which has killed multiple members of her family. Despite Lucy getting her tubes tied, she gets pregnant. Then Lucy gets cancer. Then, yeah, you can see where this is going.

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American Crime Impressions

I don’t usually watch American TV but when I was introduced to American Crime through a piece on NPR, I was intrigued. It was a show that promised to look at “real world issues” as it followed the murder of Matt Stokie and the lives of the various people the murder affected. This show did deliver on this promise, although it was a flawed execution. This story doesn’t shy away from racial issue, class issues, police brutality, immigration, mental illness to just name a few and always takes a liberal side to things. Even though I am liberal, I felt like I was being beat over the head with it at points, and while I appreciate a mainstream TV show willing to tackle tough issues, I wish they were more subtle. Multiple times a hastily thrown plot point or scene would be shoved it with the added impact of showing how corrupt the legal system and law enforcement was and it felt really excessive.

But if you can look past the politics of the show, that’s really not why you’re here.

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Sequels Sequels Sequels

So this spring season seems to be the spring of sequels for me. There are a ton of sequels airing. And some of them are sequels I’m interested in. Right now I’m watching three shows:Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Nisekoi season two and Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic. Mild spoilers below the cut.

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The Museum Of Intangible Things Impressions

So right now I’m doing a book project, reading books dealing with bipolar. Memoirs about bipolar, bipolar characters in fiction, bipolar bipolar bipolar. My first book was The Museum of Intangible Things.

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I just hope this entire ride won’t be so awful. Note: Spoilers After the Cut.

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I’m Coming Back

tl;dr I’m coming back to blogging. I will not be an anime blog. I’m going to blog about whatever I feel like.

So originally this was going to be a post to confirm that Black and Blue Socks was dead. I was content just leaving the blog untouched, and hoping that people would be smart enough to figure it out, although judging by the comments I get on my old stuff, people aren’t. But then I thought about it. I miss writing. It was something I was really passionate about. Now I don’t want to make it my career. I have a career which I am also very passionate about about.  But writing has always been important to me. When I was little I always told people I wanted to be a writer, so it’s always been a point of interest for me.

So what happened exactly? Well it’s a long story.

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That Winter Season

The Winter Season isn’t too much to look at but it seems the best it has to offer has aired.

Too bad I haven’t had time to watch anything but Yama no Susume, which was adorable and will write my thoughts on at three episodes viewed.

More later.

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Chunnibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai first impressions

KyoAni does one thing very well. Cute girls doing cute shit. So it’s pretty easy to figure out whether to watch Chunnibyou blah blah blah. Is this your sort of thing? If it is, Chunnibyou is your show. If it isn’t, you probably didn’t enjoy the first episode that much.

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My Little Monster First Impression

Brains Base is great. They can take this bland concept and make it entertaining. Is it going to be one of Brain Base greats? I really doubt it.  Entertaining for a season? Possibly. Great first episode? Yes.

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