If you’ve been stretching your thumbs and drinking loads of Red Bull in preparation for this spring’s 2010 Pokemon Video Game Championships, be forewarned…
You’re going to have to deal with some new rules.
This tournament will be the first time contestants compete on the new SoulSilver and HeartGold version games. However, it will also be the first time that any Pokemon at Level 51 or higher will be automatically downgraded to Level 50 for the entirety of the battle aaaaaaaaaaaaaand pocket monsters Arceus, Celebi, Darkrai, Deoxys, Jirachi, Manaphy, Mew, Phione, and Shaymin won’t be allowed to for use. Yes, all eleven of them.
Much like tying a pro-baller’s shoelaces together or covering a world-class poker ace’s eyes with a blindfold, I imagine these handicaps have been instituted to level the arena’s playfield. Novice competitors will have a better chance against even the most experienced veteran, diminishing the chances of any one player achieving totally domination.
But is this fair, oh crazy Anime Vice community? Is this worse than banning grunts at tennis matches? Will it make things more fun for the spectators and the competitor? Or will it put a big, smelly, wet blanket on the whole thing?
Throw your perspectival Pokeball out and unleash the pocket monster of your opinion on this!
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia Comics. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this March - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.