#1 Posted by Sweep (8973 posts) -

Now Giantbomb has been fully established I feel its important to tackle some of the more serious gaming-related issues.

POKEMON

Characters Or Concepts?

I personally would have thought them Characters, and Pikachu has been placed as such. But Ivysaur - a playable character from Super Smash Bros Brawl - is down as a concept. Obviously this state of affairs can not be allowed to continue. So, in the community spirit of Giantbomb, I put forward the aformentioned question. Where do we draw the line?

I hope you can all approach this debate with the sincerity and maturity that it deserves.

#2 Edited by jinxman (514 posts) -

I think that iconic characters like pikachu or legendary pokemon where there is only one of them in a game like mewtwo should be considered characters, but the rest should be considered concepts.  I remember sometime on the podcast jeff mentioned they might add race and class designations so a lot of them could fit into the race catagory i guess.

#3 Edited by clarke0 (1077 posts) -

Wait so enemies in games are supposed to go in the concepts section, right? I think it makes sense for most Pokemon to go in concepts, but for more important iconic Pokemon to go in characters then.

#4 Posted by MrMiyagi (929 posts) -
clarke0 said:
"Wait so enemies in games are supposed to go in the concepts section, right? I think it makes sense for most Pokemon to go in concepts, but for more important iconic Pokemon to go in characters then."
Seems to make sense.
#5 Posted by TheBeast (1931 posts) -

Pokémon belong listed as concepts as each Pokémon is a 'species' in its own right - not an individual character.
Pikachu is a type of Pokémon, not a character - even though it might be portrayed as one in some cases, whereas in actual fact, in the Pokémon series and games which feature a single Pokémon predominantely, a single Pikachu is portrayed.
I'm no expert on Pokémon - so this is by no means a final say on the subject - please feel free to continue discussing it!

If an enemy in a game is a Character, it belongs in Characters. On the other hand, if the enemy in a game is some sort of evil organization or whatever, it would be considered a Concept.