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The Pokémon Formula – A Video Essay on Formulaic Game Design

For me, and many others, Pokémon was one of the first games I ever played (Yellow Version specifically). However as I’ve grown older, and generation after generation of Pokémon games have been released, I’ve been gradually getting more and more frustrated with the series. Today we take a look at game-design, innovation, and humanity’s ever growing desire to make money.

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Footage used in this video:
PolygonGuides – Apex Legends GAMEPLAY! | Titanfall battle royale world premiere –
MarxAthium – Total Miner – Steam –
Primitive Technology Idea – Primitive Survival: Cooking Meat on a Rock –
Yogscast – Minecraft – Part 1: How to Survive the First Night –
Nintendo – Pokémon Direct 6.5.2019 –
Nintendo – Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! – Overview Trailer – Nintendo Switch –
World of Longplays/Mariofan98 – Nintendo DS Longplay [119] Pokemon Diamond –
World of Longplays/Mariofan98 – Game Boy Longplay [195] Pokemon Blue –
World of Longplays/Segafan – Game Boy Advance Longplay [187] Pokemon Sapphire –
World of Longplays/Spazbo4 – 3DS Longplay [025] Pokemon Sun –
FUNKe – Pokemon’s Problematic Pacing –

Pokémon Pinball – Blue Field
Castle of Illusion – Enchanted Forest
Ryno’s Theme – Kevin MacLeod
Goofy’s Hysterical History Tour – Stage 1
Super Mario Bros 3 – Overworld
Uncharted Waters: New Horizons – Opening Menu
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 – Marble Garden Zone Act 1
Sonic Spinball – Toxic Caves
RCT2 – Ragtime
Peggle Deluxe – Peggle Beat 1
Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow – Pallet Town
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald – Route 110
Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal – Azalea Town
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum – Team Galactic Battle
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald – Victory Road
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald – Trick Mansion
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald – Twins Encounter
Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal – New Bark Town
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald – Littleroot Town
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire – Sapphire Field
Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal – Mom’s Theme
Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire – Route 113
Pokémon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum – Sandgem Town
Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald – Viridian City
TooManyMoths – In The Beam

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