My Sister’s Animal Crossing Boyfriend

It happens, I get it – some video game characters are just unbelievably attractive. And in Animal Crossing, having a favorite villager isn’t uncommon. There are friendly villagers, mean as shit villagers, super cute villagers, and ugly as hell villagers. Because your villagers can move out if they feel neglected, it’s common to shower said...
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Pokeball Cake Pops

Whether you’ve seen the Television show, played on the Gamecube, Wii, or DS, seen stores selling action figures, posters, and T-Shirts — the Pokeball (Po — Kah — Ball) is a universal symbol for all things Pokemon. So let’s make some pokeballs! These are just cake pops dipped in chocolate. I use Red Velvet cake...
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The Worst Pokemon in Existence

Everyone talks about who the best pokemon are – but what about the worst?  These poor saps never get any attention.  And how will you know which Pokemon you need to desperately avoid? In no particular order, we introduce to you the suckiest, the crappiest, the whole heartedly shittiest Pokemon in the entire game (pre-gen 6).  Don’t...
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Notes on Pokemon Games

With the quickly-approaching release of Pokemon X and Y, I’d like to share with you a bunch of things about the Pokemon handheld games; stuff I wish I knew before I played through entire games. I’d like to start out with some high level meta game: Pokemon tiers.  Even if you’re not into intense multiplayer...
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Interview with the Leader of the Pokemon League at Cornell

With only one week away until the release of Pokemon X and Y, I have contacted the President of the Pokemon club at Cornell University, Kristin Murray, for an interview.  She gave me some great insight on some general Pokemon stuffs and what it’s like being the President of the Pokemon Club at Cornell University.

Kristin Murray, President of the Pokemon Club at Cornell

Kristin Murray, President of the Pokemon Club at Cornell

Cakeisnotalie: So, what do you do as leader of the Pokemon club at Cornell?

Kristin: Well, I come to all the meetings every Wednesday.  We play the card game, and the video games. We talk about strategies.  And of course x and y, coming out pretty soon.

Cakeisnotalie: Are you excited for x and y?  Which game are you getting, and what starter do you want?

Kristin: I’m very excited!  Should be a huge change, compared to the disappointing change from black to black 2.  I’ll be starting with Fennekin; pretty much just because I like fire. Fire is awesome.  I chose to get Y, but it doesn’t really make a difference, both legendaries will be unusable in the meta anyway.

Cakeisnotalie: Is fire your favorite type then?

Kristin: No, actually. Well, my favorite type is different in the cards than in the game.  I’ve recently really liked steel in the cards, I have some very good steel cards.  Currently in my Pokemon club I am the Elite four Water trainer, so water is my favorite in the game.  Very hard to win mono-type in the game, though.

Cakeisnotalie: Elite four leader! That sounds cool.  Something in your club?

Kristin: Yes!  My other officers in the club represent the other elite four trainers, and our club members will try to beat us all straight through, just like in the games.  The current winner stands as the Champion.

Cakeisnotalie: What is your team, as the elite four water trainer?

Kristin: Currently my water team consists of Cloyster, Milotic, Starmie, Swampert, Kingdra, and Gyarados.  For the elite four you are not allowed to use Dream World abilities, otherwise I would have Polytoad.  His dreamworld ability, drizzle, is like the main component of a water team.  But for the elite four gym leaders we are not using dreamworld abilities.

Cakeisnotalie: And what about your main team, when you really wanna beat someone?

Kristin: Generally my main team, Singles team, is Cloyster, Volcorona, Scizor, Tyranitar… well, for the OU tier.

Cakeisnotalie: What’s OU?

Kristin: You don’t know the tiers, man??

Cakeisnotalie: I’m sorry.  I’m so sorry.  I play and battle online a lot but I don’t get into the meta so much.

Kristin: Okay, so, in the meta game, Pokemon are placed in tiers depending on how much they are used.  When a Pokemon is released it is placed into a tier depending on how much they are used.  OU means overused, one tier down from Uber.  Most Pokemon are in OU.  Pokemon in Uber are like Mewtwo, Deoxys.  You can always use a lower tier in a higher tier tournament.  Like, you can use a UU Pokemon, which is underused, in an OU tournament.

We use the Smogen tiers.

There is actually a borderline tier between OU and UU, but there are only 6 pokemon in it, so no one fights in just that tier.  But you can’t use them in UU.  Kyurem-B, black, for example, is in that middle tier.

Cakeisnotalie: So all ledgendaries are in uber?

Kristin: No, not all of them.  Like the birds aren’t; some are in lower than OU even.  Before I battle someone, it’s customary to talk about tier usage and dreamworld abilities before battling.

Cakeisnotalie: So, what else is going on in the club?

Kristin: We made these shirts this year.  Some people have purchased them, which is exciting.  We are all very excited for the Pokemon Origin series!  Which will be following the storyline of the video game series, which is very cool.  They will be following red, through Kanto.  That comes out sometime in November.

Cakeisnotalie: That sounds great, I’d love to watch them too!  Before we wrap this up, I have to ask you: what is your favorite kind of cake?

Kristin: Red Velvet.  Like those pokeball cake pops you made for me and the club once.  Fucking delicious.

Cakeisnotalie: Thank you, haha!  I’m flattered.  Actually, I’ll be posting the recipe for that pretty soon!  Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for your time!

The Pokemon League, Club shirts

The Pokemon League club shirts, designed and printed by Kristin Murray

Diablo III: The Pineapple Alias

So, what in the world do Pineapples have to do with Diablo III? Well, quite a bit more than you think.  Here is some information I’m sure you haven’t heard before (a must know for any great trivia players, or just being “that guy” who always seems to know everything). When Blizzard launched Diablo III,...
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