Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ we’re going to talk about a franchise that has been around for the past 20 years (yeah that’s a long time). Whether you were around from the beginning, or are a new fan, I think we can all agree that Pokémon has earned a unique place in pop culture history. So in celebration of the franchise’s 20th birthday (yay!) we’re going to take a look at the Super Bowl commercial that was recently uploaded to YouTube to celebrate the franchise’s anniversary. Also, Nintendo has announced that they will release the original Pokémon Blue, Red, and Yellow games on the ‘Nintendo 3DS store’, and Blue and Red will be preinstalled in special edition 3DS bundles packs that will also have Red and Blue themed faceplates. So get ready Pokélovers, because 2016 will definitely be your year! Also, if you love Pokémon then please check out my interview with Eric Stuart who was the original voice of the characters Brock and James on Pokémon (Eric Stuart Interview). Now let’s talk about the commercial. Ready? Ok, let’s go!!!
I really love this commercial because it isn’t an advertisement for a new game/merchandise, or even a small clip show of all of the many seasons of the show. The commercial shows various kids/teens/adults from all over the world engaging in Pokémon related activities. I think that this was a really cool idea, because it shows that Pokémon has many different aspects that we can all enjoy together, regardless of our gender, age, economic status, culture, or geographical location. It’s really amazing to see how this franchise has changed and grown over time, and I know that we’re all excited to see where it goes from here (check out the commercial below, you’ll love it!!!).
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Hello people of the Internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about a game that you ALL have to check out (if you’re not already addicted to it). If you haven’t heard of the game ‘Tampon Run’, then please read on (trust me you’ll want to). Now although the game is a lot of fun, I really loved the story behind the game and just had to share it with y’all. Ready? Ok, let’s go?
Now first I’ll give y’all a quick overview of the game so you can see why this is a game you want to be addicted to. ‘Tampon Run’ is about a girl (you) who runs and shoots guys with….yup you guessed it tampons. What makes this game so great is the actual premise of the game, which consists of the player having to jump over “energy” guys running towards you while simultaneously shooting other guys. As the game comes on, the speed of your “enemies” increases, which makes the game harder and harder. Sounds fun right!?!
The story behind this game is really cool because this highly addicting, fun (and free btw) game was created by two high school girls. ‘Tampon Run’ was developed by Sophie Houser and Andrea Gonzales at a New York ‘Girls Who Code’ camp, where the two girls met, developed their coding skills, and eventually kept in touch and developed the game together. Sophie and Andrea have said that they created the game because, “it’s [strange] that our society has accepted and normalized guns and violence through video games, yet we still find tampons and menstruation unspeakable” (#truthtalk). The game has been very well received, which has resulted in Sophie and Andrea to be written about in ‘Time’, ‘Teen Vogue’ and other publications worldwide. If you think “well this is awesome, but I can’t do something like that”, then rethink this, because Sophie has said that she hadn’t even heard of coding before this camp, and now she’s going to Brown and plans to major in computer science. Also, Andrea has gotten an internship with DoSomthing.org. I think it’s really cool that these girls are trying to break the stigma associated with something that so much of the population goes through. Who knows maybe one day it will be normal to talk openly about everything without feeling embarrassed, and certain careers won’t be defined by gender, only passion and talent. Let me know in the comments what y’all think about all this piece of the Internet (here’s a video of Sophia and Andrea speaking about the creation of Tampon Run, and what has happened since they’ve launched the game).