The first trailer for the first ever live action Pokemon movie launched yesterday and despite other major news yesterday, you will be missed Stan Lee, no one can stop talking about it. From the way the CG pokemon look in this live action world, the voice of Deadpool’s own Ryan Reynolds, to the creepy yet hilarious Mr. Mime, they are just tearing this trailer apart. Yet, despite everything people are saying and writing about this trailer, there is one thing I have yet to see a major gaming journo site talk about, and it is seriously bugging the crap out of me.
Let’s start all the way back in 1967. In February of that year, a pop rock band which went by the moniker of The Turtles released a single, Happy Together. This single went on to top many charts world wide and was released more widely as the title track of The Turtles third album. As a classic rock fan, I have heard this song many many times throughout the years. Yesterday, that song was used to close out Detective Pikachu’s first trailer. Apparently, no one understands why this song stands out, at least why it should stand out.
On this week’s show, EZK and Andrew continue to Kick the Bucket List (12:38), discuss the ESA’s public E3 event being held down the street from the main show (31:46), try to figure out the chronology of events surrounding a Cleveland police officer donating his Pokemon collection to a boy whose own was stolen collection was recovered (40:19), and spend a ton of time debating super-important questions like: “Should ‘fun’ be the baseline descriptor for games?” “Should games be called ‘games’ or something else?” “How do you define ‘video game’?” (46:06).
That’s the name we’re trying out for the podcast. So far the reaction has been positive but please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
On this week’s show, EZK and Andrew discuss Nintendo’s continued nonsensical localization changes to Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (14:11), the Pokemon business model and which Sun and Moon starter is best Pony (31:38), Microsoft back peddling its Universal Windows Platform announcement (47:52), the #BlackPantherSoLIT hashtag and what the heck “LIT” means, and properties like Monster Musume and The Purge that don’t live up to the full potential of their premise (1:15:55).