Pokemon Monday 20 - the philosophy of Pokemon

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Welcome to Pokemon Monday, GamesRadar's new podcast 100% devoted to all things Pokemon. Step into the bizarre hivemind of several adult Pokemon fantatics each Monday as we bring you a no-frills, raw and unedited passionate Pokemon discussion covering breaking news, events, and whatever else is on our singularly devoted Pokemon brains. No Pokemon-related topic is off limits.

Episode 20 highlights

More B&W gameplay impressions - Grimm and I update our current status playing through the main game. Grimm is exploring Hiun City with his third badge under his belt, and I'm on the final gym.

Even more starter discussion - Yup, we're still talking about the starters, including the ongoing fan reaction (see our recent spotlight on the B&W starters).

Responses to last week's QOTW - Were you ever teased for liking Pokemon? We discuss reader responses and tell our own high school horror stories.

Featured Pokemon: Arcanine - The Legendary Pokemon. Arcanine has the highest base stats of any non-legendary Fire type. Plus, he's adorable.

Question of the week: What's the most hours you've put into a Pokemon game? Which game was it?

See you next week!


  • SkyDragonc5 - October 13, 2010 4:21 a.m.

    Why would you say you like Pokemon and not play the games still. Oh and BTW Magic Cards are still huge. It is over 50% of my fav comic books store's business! Arcanine is a cool pokemon, but I still prefer ninetales. I should start training one though. I want to hear the sexiest pokemon list. It would be so cool. I would not mind that.
  • killerhi5 - October 6, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    i have like 200 hours on platinum but i lsot it.... :( but for black/white i plan on not losing it and beating that by alot
  • Sway - October 6, 2010 7:09 p.m.

    Thanks for reading my response on the podcast guys! <3 My answer to this week's question is lame compared to everyone else's- the most hours I've ever put into a Pokemon game was 71 hours, and that was my copy of Pearl. I haven't even completely played through Heart Gold yet. >.> My excuse is that I have a toddler! I only get to play a couple hours a week on average. I keep chipping away at it, though. If I had discovered how full of win Pokemon games are before I become a parent, this number would be much higher. =D
  • Sway - October 6, 2010 7:02 p.m.

    @shmoopy97 and @GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson Yes to a womans Pokemon League! =D Lol.
  • shmoopy97 - October 6, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    @GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson lol yeah a womens pokemon leage. ^^
  • ROFLROOSTER - October 6, 2010 1:19 p.m.

    There was a GameFaqs thread about the "What if the gens were backwards" topic. Someone figured there would be mid-volutions.
  • ROFLROOSTER - October 6, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    Hey PM Crew, Here's a fun fact about Black and White: B&W are the first main generation game not related to the Colors Blue and Red: Red and Blue - Well, They're, ya know, red and blue Gold and Silver - Gold=Red, Silver=Blue Ruby and Sapphire - Ruby=Red, Sapphire=Blue Diamond and Pearl - Diamond=Dark Blue, Pearl=Pink Black and White do not relate to the colors. Anyways, keep up the great work, love your podcast.
  • shyfonzie - October 6, 2010 4:08 a.m.

    My Heartgold has 287 hours so far... I left it on beside me while I did other things, waiting for people to come online.
  • jandurn - October 6, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    could you please make weezing pokemon of the week. just cuz hes so awsome cute and unnapreciated
  • StriderHoang - October 6, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    I have a very frugal stance on keeping games. If I've beaten it and sucked as much as I possibly could out of the game, I sell it on the Internet. Pokemon Diamond is the exception. I could never sell the game after how far I've come and the achievement it represents. Because I've sunk 526 hours with a dex showing 441. This is Diamond/Pearl/Platinum mind you, where I believe the complete IV gen dex ends at 493. I have NEVER come this close to completing the pokedex before. And I could never sell it after coming this close and especially if I finish it. This game I've put 526 hours into, represents probably over 50 pokemon EV trained to level 50 (I still can't believe how powerful my Gengar is). 441 pokemon entered into my dex from random trading, breeding, evolving, and GTS scouring. HUNDREDS of times I've ran the Elite 4 into the ground with my team of legendaries for enormous amounts of cash (or pokedollars) just so I could spend MILLIONS for just 1,000 coins to spend at the casino to get the TMs for Flamethrower, Ice Beam, or Thunderbolt (I'm SO glad TMs are reusable in gen V). No, no, no. I can't sell this game. My soul is literally embedded in this game card.
  • smloveskittycats - October 5, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    I don't think this is much of a spoiler, but I'm under the impression there are 11 gyms from what I've read. By the time you read this you probably know that, but that probably explains why there are a decent amount of towns left :D. I don't see any reason why Pokemon Monday should stop, I love it. I've read cheatplanet/gamesradar for a while and I have to say this is one of the best things that has come out of it. It may not be the most enthusiastic podcast (:D) but I definitely make time for it.
  • Kapuran - October 5, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Why stop at 25? I mean, I guess you guys are pretty busy with "real" work, but there's plenty of Pokemon stuff out there to keep the podcast going. For example; Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs. Came out yesterday. What about that multiplayer-only mission to get the Deoxys, huh? I don't have any friends who play the Ranger games, so I need a partner-in-crime to get me a Deoxys. :P I've only just started it, and work is preventing me from continuing... but it's sitting here, in my bag, begging to get beaten so I can get me a Heatran/Shaymin/Manaphy and Deoxys. I also picked up Shadows of Almia, which I had skipped, so I may play that after; I completed the original Pokemon Ranger for the first Manaphy Egg when I was playing Pearl. I mean, they ARE dull games... but at least with the first one, that was the only way to get Manaphy, so you had to play it. :P And then, of course, the NA release of BW will keep you busy, with new names, localization changes, and even the play-through of the alternate edition for some of you. I've used the GTS a fair bit before to complete my Pokedex, but I rarely trust anything I get off there. I wouldn't trust them to be legit, so I wouldn't use them. If I could breed them, I'd breed me a new one and toss the GTS copy, or perma-box it for the ID for the lottery. Legendaries off the GTS? Forget it. Fortunately, it's now quite simple to get almost every Pokemon, thanks to HGSS. Yeah, I don't trade in Pokemon games. My Pokemon shelf is actually getting quite large, especially with the new Ranger additions. That thing about the doctor playing Pokemon, though it shouldn't be, is really weird to me. I guess it's because my dad's a doctor and I get the most sass about playing the game from him... but had I gone to med school instead of into comp sci, I guess I'd be a doctor who plays Pokemon, so it isn't that strange... but still. Doesn't sit right, you know? I love Arcanine! And I think you were hunting for the name of Vulpix, there; the Blue/Red alternate exclusive. But yeah, Arcanine is great. Combine my love of fire and dogs. :P And now for the QOTW... but, I'm a little ashamed. There are people here claiming to have put in 999 hours in a single game. I'm pretty sure all my Pokemon games together don't have that many hours (though, I think it's probably pretty close, if you count all 10 years of replays). I honestly can't remember how many hours went into Blue, Yellow, and Silver on the GB/GBC. Advance generation games were skipped when they had come out, and were only played later, when Diamond and Pearl were out, to PalPark legendaries and other hard-to-get Pokemon, so FireRed and Emerald were only played for about 20-30 hours each to get what I needed from them. That said, Emerald has been replayed two or three times since then for various reasons, and FireRed even more than that. Pearl probably has the most hours logged, sitting at just under 200, I think, but I also played through FireRed and Emerald (and Pokemon Ranger, which took about a dozen hours) just for that, so it definitely occupied the most of my time. Platinum only got about 20-30, to beat it and get the new stuff I couldn't otherwise with Pearl. SoulSilver got over a hundred, I believe, and HeartGold got another 20-30 hour treatment to beat it and get what I needed from it. But, my SoulSilver has a 4-star trainer card, the only thing missing is the Battle Tower 100-win streak, and it's only at 100-something hours, so I really can't understand 999 hours in a single game. Now, if there was a proper Pokemon MMO, that would get several thousand hours, I'm sure. B/W will probably get over 200 hours combined as well, since there's so much new stuff... and Dream World... but yeah, I dunno. I'm at work so I can't check my carts, and even if I could I wouldn't be able to check resets and old, lost, data. Pity.
  • Phazon117 - October 5, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    I've spent countless days on Hey, You Pikachu! from when I was like 7. That game couldn't pick up anything unless you screamed at it. But I still fucking loved it. Plus, it came with my Pikachu Edition N64.
  • RushLight - October 5, 2010 3:11 p.m.

    I think I've got around 250+ hours on Diamond alone... and at least 200 hundred on Platinum.
  • 8bitBaby - October 5, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    i want to say first... i agree with you Carolyn, if we reversed the design timeline those first pokemon lack in comparison to the design of the newer pokemon. I like these designs. Arcanine... YES! ranger sounds... horrible. (don't inject reality into my fun, pokemon) as far as the QoTW: i couldn't even tell you the most hours i've put into a game. all i can say is, i'm still playing diamond to this day. huzzah for planet america!
  • philipshaw - October 5, 2010 10:14 a.m.

    I put 150 hours into Pokemon Red, time well spent
  • elpurplemonkey - October 5, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    I probably put 100 hours into Pokemon Red. Then I deleted it to start a new one. I did this several times- maybe 3 or 4 new save files with 40 hours each. I should have found a way to trade my pokemon into another game so they didn't also get deleted, but I was a poor and dumb kid.
  • SeniorDingDong - October 5, 2010 7:28 a.m.

    I played through Red and Blue several times, so they might be leading. Longest single duration should be on Platinum with about 100 hours.
  • Crimmy - October 5, 2010 6:11 a.m.

    @TrigunGunner Ah, a paradox in teh Pokemans universe. The longest time in a game I've spent out of all(!) my games is Diamond, with a whopping 250+ hours spent, a lot of it at the Battle Tower. It'd be more if I hadn't lost it.
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - October 5, 2010 5:45 a.m.

    @shmoopy97 - i'm sorry i assumed you were a guy, shmoopy!! totally my bad. we should start a women's pokemon league with you, sway and me. =D

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