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[Update: similar Amazon leaks too] 10 (nameless) $60 Switch SKUs pop up at GameStop

01 June 2018 - 06:24 PM

Looks like we may be getting quite a few major, full-price Switch titles announced at E3, as a whopping 10 unique $60 SKUs have popped up in GameStop's system. These wouldn't be previously announced games, as well, those are already in the system, haha. So we may be getting a pretty big E3 showing from Nintendo.

Also, another 3 Xbox/PS4 SKUs appeared as well, though all three have different prices and are likely alternate SKUs of the same game. People are thinking it's just the new Assassin's Creed, which already leaked.

1997 Gen 2 Space World beta/demo leaks, and it's fascinating

31 May 2018 - 09:04 AM

The somewhat infamous 1997 Gold and Silver Space World demo, previously only known via a few old articles and photos, has finally leaked online. To start, the part that's probably most interesting, the beta Pokémon list, ripped right from the ROM:

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All sorts of goodies in there. In addition to differing takes on various gen 2 Pokémon (including very different Legendary Beasts, an unrecognizable alternative to Bayleef, and a completely different take on Porygon 2 [the weird dog next to alternate Lickilicky]), there's alternate takes on Pokémon that showed up in later gens, such as Tangrowth, Mime Jr., Mega Pinsir, Lickilicky, and Leafeon, as well as alternate water starters that appear to have inspired the Popplio line.

It seems like at one point the plan was for all gen one two-stage evolutions to become three-stages, and all one stages to become at least two, though many were cut or used later. There's several entirely scrapped babies of gen 1 Pokémon, including Vulpix, Tangela, Goldeen, Paras, Doduo, Meowth, Ponyta, Grimer, and Growlithe. Girafarig also has a baby as well, in the form of that odd ghost-looking Pokémon next to it. Additionally, there was a scrapped Ditto evolution (still only learned Transform), a Farfetch'd evolution, an alternate evolution to Weepinbell, a la Bellossom, and a Quilfish evolution. The Shellder form from Slowbro and Slowking is also present as its own species.

Then there's the entirely new Pokémon that were dropped altogether, with seemingly no analogs in later games. A drastically different fire evolution line (previously known by its starting evolution via old screen shots), a full three-stage water evolutionary line (perhaps tied to the Lake of Rage), a two-stage cat family, a kinda dope fire seal named "Bombseeker", an electric tiger evolutionary duo, a pair of... voodoo doll things? (probably a reference to something, if someone wants to help me out), and a duo that as far as I can tell appears to be wearing another Pokémon's skin? lol. Almost reminds me of Mimikyu in concept.

So yeah, lots of interesting stuff there.

Next up is the world map, which had some big differences:

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It appears that originally, Johto was intended to represent the entirety of Japan. Here's the complete rip of the map, which reveals some pretty extreme alterations:
 

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Perhaps most interesting is the town at the bottom right, which may look familiar. It's the entirety of Kanto, compressed down into one very large town. This was likely GameFreak's somewhat desperate attempt to squeeze Kanto in while working around space restrictions, until Iwata famously saved the day and wrote them a compression tool that allowed them to restore nearly the entirety of Kanto.

There's a whole lot more here and here if you're interested.

CS is back! More or less.

17 January 2018 - 08:18 PM

So, did ya miss us?

It seems GoDaddy implemented a range of long-needed updates which proceeded to... well, break just about everything. In the process they appear to have done some sort of back-up and restore process on our database which ended... poorly. Long story short, we restored everything from a back-up dating back to November of 2016, meaning all posts/topics/PMs/etc.. made in the time since have been lost. I'll try to see if GoDaddy has whatever back-up they were working off of on their side, but for the time being, just assume that all of that content will be unrecoverable.

Some other notes: we (yes, actual "we", not just me pretending not to be foreveralone.jpg) have been talking about getting the side moved/updated/etc.. If and when this will happen, we don't know, but if it does expect more changes than you may otherwise think. Perhaps a move to a new old domain? Like I said, nothing is set in stone. We'll try and keep you posted.

~ Prime

Temporary "freeze" on uploads (including FTP)

25 October 2016 - 01:33 PM

In preparation for the move we're "freezing" uploads (this includes post and PM attachments, avatars, and anything uploaded to your server space if you are a member with FTP access) for the time being. "Freezing" being in quotes, because it will still actually be enabled, but we can't promise anything uploaded between now and the completed move will be preserved. I'll notify you when it is once again safe to upload files.

Additionally, if you have FTP access and are the paranoid type now would be a good time to download your directory to keep a local back-up.

CS going down soon for server swap

25 October 2016 - 03:16 AM

As per the title we will be going down temporarily in preparation for our move to new servers.