Saturday, 29 August 2015

Shopaholic Sunday: Tasty Peach Studios!

If you love all things cute and Japanese inspired then you'll love Tasty Peach Studios! The American based business produces things like handmade toys, clothing, jewellery and more!

I myself camped out (due to timezones) a while back to pre-order myself a Halloween Vampire Bat Meowchi (they are just adorable!). I was really pleased because, not only was the toy incredibly cute, but it was well-made and shipping to Australia was timely!
As well as the Meowchi characters, there are a lot of other cute characters to choose from on Tasty Peach Studios including Nomwhal, Chirii, Tofusagi, Kyandi, Zombie Alpacas and more!

Tasty Peach Studios also offers a number of fashion wigs including these adorable Baby Doll wigs in various colours from blond, pink, purple and even a baby blue! These wigs are absolutely perfect for anyone who embraces styles such as lolita, pastel goth, living doll or just if you feel like wearing a wig for the hell of it.

If you love all things cute and Japanese kawaii inspired then you'll love shopping at Tasty Peach Studios and we highly recommend you check them out~

How to: Be a Pokemon Gym Leader

Ever dreamt of running your own Pokemon Gym? Currently running a Gym but wondering how to improve your Gym Leader skills? Then this is the right place for you! Whether you're a newbie, play some serious VGC Pokemon tournament matches or just want to for fun, this guide has been designed to be simple enough for any aspiring Gym Leader to follow.
Kanto gym leaders by Anime5ful on DeviantArt

Step 1: Choose your specialty
First thing's first - choose the type of Pokemon you wish to specialise in. You could absolutely or maybe you're a bug catcher who took his obsession a step further.
If you are unsure of what type to specialise in it's recommended you have a think about:
    • What type of Pokemon would best suit your personality? If you're a bit of a hot-head or energetic go-getter maybe fire or electric Pokemon are your thing. If you're cool and like things calm maybe grass or water is your thing. 
    • Is there any Pokemon that may suit other aspects of you such as your personal style or job? For example if you tend to like lolita fashion perhaps fairy Pokemon would be your thing but if you're more goth then perhaps consider dark or ghost types. If you're in a particular profession there might be Pokemon which would come into the theme e.g. being a florist and specialising in grass types.
    • What Pokemon do you usually most often? Chances are you may already have a preference for one type of Pokemon in particular. 
Step 2: Prepare your team
You've chosen a type of Pokemon to specialise in and now your next step is assembling a team together. Here are some tips for getting a top 6 as well as some rotational Pokemon to use as well as how to ensure your team is the best that it can be:
  • Have at least 10 or so Pokemon in mind for your team. Brainstorm what you think would work best in combinations. 
  • Breed and EV train! You want your team to be as perfect as possible! If you're just a casual Pokemon player breeding and EV training isn't essential but if you want to play VGC it's a must. (EV training guide coming soon to this site)
  • You may not be the very best, the best there ever was, but that's alright! You don't have to be Champion in order to be a gym leader so you're free to spend 80% of your gym budget on potions and full restores if you find you need them.
Step 3: Get the look!
Okay, whilst you may be thinking this part is unnecessary - for the most part Gym Leaders tend to dress in a manner which reflects upon the type of Pokemon they specialise in and let's face it - being a gym leader is really mostly about making a fashion statement. Let's look at some examples shall we?
For example; Clair styles her hair and dresses in a blue body suit reminiscent of Kingdra, one of the Pokemon on her team, and also sticks with capes and which give her away as a dragon type trainer. 

If you want to dress daringly then this your opportunity to go for it! Wallace of Sootopolis City certainly loves taking his outfit a step further from all the other gym leaders.

Step 4: Learn to Talk Like a Gym Leader.
This may seem straightforward but it's a really important step in becoming the best gym leader you can be. You have the look but do you have the attitude to go with it?? If you already talk like a pretentious erudite English major then you probably already have this step covered so you can skip straight to step 5. You have to have a short but memorable and pseudo-inspirational speech ready for when trainers challenge you and if they manage to defeat you so you gotta be prepared to make yourself sound like a pretentious expert! One tip is to go on Tumblr and look up as many pseudo-inspirational quotes as possible and if you're reaaaallly bad at writing just hire a speech writer - don't feel embarrassed since that's what politicians do anyway! 

Step 5: Design Your Gym
Your gym is where all the battles are going to take place and as such you have to make it memorable and relevant. E.g. you don't want a pool in your fire type gym unless it's a pool of lava! Like your outfit, your gym is supposed to be a reflection of you and the type of Pokemon you use. 
If you're designing a Gym in your secret base think carefully about which decorations you'll use and where. Look at the layout of other gyms for inspiration. You usually don't want a challenger to be able to step through the door and walk straight to you without first encountering some obstacles you've placed - where would the fun be in that? 
Here are some Gym Layouts you can use for inspiration:

Saffron City's leader Sabrina specialises in psychic type Pokemon and as such her gym employs a teleportation point puzzle approach to challengers. 
Bugsy of Azalea Town specialises in bug Pokemon and this is reflected with his appropriate use of trees and shrubs as well as a spiderweb puzzle addition to his gym. 
As you have probably noticed many of these gyms also have other trainers the challenger must face prior to facing you and many of these trainers are also specific to the type of gym. For example, in Bugsy's gym many of the trainers will be Bug Catcher trainers who use bug Pokemon similarly to Bugsy. When looking to include other trainers in your gym this is definitely something you must consider. You want trainers who are weaker than you but have a type similar to yours e.g. using Mediums in a ghost type or psychic type gym.

Step 6: Design Your Badge
Last but not least we have designing your badge which is probably one of the most important steps in becoming a gym leader. Remember that every successful challenger who passes through your gym is going to be taking with them one of these badges as your recognition of their skills as a Pokemon trainer so you're going to need to make something which not only symbolises the Pokemon you use but you and your gym as a whole. It has to be bold. It has to be simple. Just keep in mind that people like Gary Oak are going to be showing off about your badge.

Congratulations! You are now well on your way to honing your skills as a gym leader. If you feel like you are confident in your gym leading abilities and would like to progress that big step further stay tuned for our upcoming sequel to How to Become a Gym Leader - How to Be a Member of the Elite 4.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Top 5 Worst Pokemon Designs

Some Pokemon look really cute and adorable whilst others look fierce and powerful... Unfortunately others look rather meh. It's often as if the artists got lazy and uninspired and turned to the nearest inanimate object and decided "let's turn it into a Pokemon".
Here are just some of the Pokemon designs that have often been described as the worst:

  1. Garbodor
    This Pokemon is rubbish...literally! OK I know there's also Trubbish but it is kinda cute. Garbador on the other hand...Nope...just nope!

  2. Spewpa
    "Spew"pa seems to have the word spew in it for a valid reason as it more or less resembles vomit - or that fake vomit stuff you probably used to buy as a kid.

  3. Probopass
    The evolution of Nosepass and it looks like someone just zapped Nosepass in some sort of fusion machine with Nigel Thornberry. Seriously, it wouldn't be soooo bad were it not for that really tacky looking moustache. Someone please shave this thing!
  4. Ditto
    Ditto may be a daycare breeding machine but let's face it - it ain't the prettiest Pokemon out there! It is basically a pink blob with a tacky face a two year old would probably be capable of drawing.

  5. Voltorb
    Voltorb is pretty much the next laziest Pokemon anyone could have possibly come up with. It is literally an exploding Pokeball with a pair of eyes. How much lazier can you get? Well besides having to draw Ditto...

What do you guys think? Any we've missed here? Any you disagree with or do you think we've covered them all?

Get Shiny Mega Rayquaza!

Aussie Pokemon players rejoice! If you live in Australia we've been lucky enough to have an event for getting Shiny Mega Raquaza via Mystery Gift this August. Rayquaza comes at level 70 with the Air Lock ability and is holding a Dragon Fang. It's moves are Dragon Dance, Dragon Ascent, Dragon Claw and Extreme speed. To get your hands on your very own Shiny Rayquaza event Pokemon just pop into an EB Games to pick up your code (be very careful not to scratch off the code)!

  1. Open Pokemon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire
  2. Select Mystery Gift from main menu
  3. Select RECEIVE GIFT, click YES.
  4. Select GET WITH CODE, then YES & YES again to connect to the internet.
  5. Enter your unique code.
  6. Receive your Shiny Rayquaza
  7. Speak to delivery girl in a Pokemon Center to receive Shiny Rayquaza
  8. Save your game.
Offer valid from the 10th of August to the 31st of August 2015 - don't miss out!
Voila Shiny Rayquaza is yours!


Saturday, 8 August 2015

What Really Happened With Brock and Professor Ivy...

"Don't mention that name!" 

Since Brock came back mentally scarred from the Orange Islands in the Pokemon anime after he left for a season to stay with Professor Ivy there have been many many speculations as to what REALLY happened. We know Brock got dumped but there are some pretty amusing ideas as to what happened out there...
Disclaimer: Some may be NSFW

We've collated just a few of the more popular fan theories:

1. Professor Ivy is a Lesbian
Brock probably came onto her and then Professor Ivy admitted she's just not into guys.

2. Professor Ivy was having an affair with her husband 
One possible idea is that Professor Ivy was having an affair with her husband who later returned - possibly from a Pokemon journey of his own - and discovered Brock and well... a big fight broke out.

3. Brock Embarrassed Himself Somehow
There are many theories going around the internet that Brock somehow embarrassed himself (with theories ranging from not being able to get it up to saying something highly which accidentally offended Professor Ivy) and was dumped in that regard.

4. Professor Ivy is a Transsexual
One of the most bizarre theories is that Professor Ivy was originally a man who underwent gender re-assignment surgery and that this somehow put Brock off when they tried to uhhhhh "you know".

5. Things got too kinky for Brock to handle...
Professor Ivy may have whipped out the leather and chains and, well, it was waaaayyy too much for Brock who was probably hoping for something more vanilla.