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Hello people, Nach here! Your lovely host bringing always something interesting to talk about during the Graveyard Shift, so what are we talking about today? Heh... well maybe we're talking about games, life, music... there's lots of topics to discuss...

But first! Let's do a small roundup of what's going on around TAY, I have to say... WOOF! It's been pretty hectic around these parts, TAY is as active as it was during summer ^.^

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On to the topics for tonight! Our first one... is related to the numerous fanarts we find in sites such as DeviantArt, and our second one is a contribution to our ecosystem.

Ahh! so I lied when I said yesterday that I wouldn't talk about Pokemon, but this is a special case, cause what I'm talking about here ain't exactly Pokemon, but Fakemon. Fakemon are designs inspired on the franchise creatures by fans. Some of these fans just focus on creating a handful of creatures, and some like Lanmana go all the way into creating a full Pokédex worth of critters, heck! she even created the protagonists for the game, including the clumsy professor Cypress, and is planning to design the Gym Leaders.

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Professor Oliver Cypress, a well known pokemon ethologist in the Treala region. His research focuses on the behavioral patterns of pokemon, pokemon communication, pokemon culture, and learning. People often mistake him for an assistant rather than a professor due to his age.

I took the time to discuss with her what are the plans regarding this project of hers, and what inspired her to undertake such a challenging project. Explaining to me the process, she first said that she wanted to create her own list of Pokémon a long time ago, but for different purposes (life) she kept delaying her work, until one day she started drawing and just couldn't stop, once she got a fair number of sketches complete, she started colouring them.

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Loved the little touches like the Aztec inspired helmet and medallion.

What she showed me a week ago was quite ambitious with many of the designs rivaling even the ones by the one Ken Sugimori... well that may be an exaggeration, but they certainly top some designs from recent generations. Don't take my word for granted, let her designs do the talking...

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"Komodosaur can dive to great depths underwater and remain there for hours. Even in blistering heat they are cool to the touch."

When I asked her why she embarked on this project, she said:

Ever since I was little I had been making fan characters for things like Pokemon and Digimon, Monster Rancher, etc. Every once in a while the urge would come back, and it's a good exercise in not only character designing but trying to adapt another artist's style. If you were going into the animation or gaming industry that skill is essential.

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To what she added...

It was the work of other fakemon artists on DA however that inspired me to try and make a full region's worth of fakemon.

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Treala's Dragon Pokémon sneak peek! Not the legendary trio!

Artists like Pokeluka, Zerudez, Kyle-Dove or Dragonith. Some of them go for their own style, and others wish to emulate the established style from the series. Artwork or sprites each one of them manufacture their own universe, which if you give it a thought (even if they are following the guidelines set by Satoshi Tajiri & co.) is quite impressive. This is nothing new, there are thousands of Fakemon out there, created to express the artists vision, or as a complaint to the "uninspired designs" of the newest generations, whichever is the case, there are some real gems out there. Hopefully their efforts won't go to waste.

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Okay so not everyone might want to talk about Pokémon/Fakemon... so for our second topic I'm going to recycle one I touched a few weeks ago in TAY Time Chat

I used to love the days of the CubeToons in IGN, the chemistry between the guys was amazing, their reviews incisive and hilarious! What one of the guys lacked the other had it, I'm talking about Peer Schnider, Matt Cassamasina and Craig Harris (and sometimes a certain Fran 7.9 Mirabella The Third), for me they were the holy trinity of video game journalist back when I was younger. Nowadays I struggle to find a good writer/reviewer for games, I still enjoy Kotaku's approach to their reviews but sometimes, some articles... they feel a bit insipid, they taste like eating Indian food without some of the spices =/

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So much work without the soul!

So what are your go-to guys when looking for a honest opinion regarding video games? And do we really have a Über figure like Ebert?

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So that's about it! pick a topic to talk about, or both of them, or maybe none and just talk about anything else cause this is the Graveyard Shift ^.^

Be sure to check all these interesting trinkets from our fellow TAYers:

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