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UI concept shows how to improve Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League

Published: 19/Mar/2020 19:36

by Paul Cot

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Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League Season 1 is well underway but some trainers have complaints about the current user interface.

Alongside lag issues in GO Battle League, players are finding the location of in-game buttons problematic. Not only are mistakes being made because of their positioning but many feel more information could also be displayed.

Switching Pokemon

The first part of the problem is with switching Pokemon. Part of the GO Battle League strategy is changing the Pokemon you are using at an optimal time in order to gain an advantage.

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GO Battle League allows trainers to battle one another in Pokemon Go…

There are also occasions where you will have type disadvantage and need to replace it to avoid giving your opponent an easy victory. Being able to switch Pokemon quickly is vitally important as every split second can make a huge difference.

The current UI for changing Pokemon is a pull-up menu. This means you need to tap the pull up menu before being given your Pokemon options.

The problem here is that two taps of the screen are required to switch. In addition to this you can’t see your options until you tap it, adding more time to the process.

The current pull-up menu also doesn’t show the HP of Pokemon. You may have already used one and need to know what health it has left, but obviously, through this menu, you can’t find out.

This could, however, be an intentional and thought-out mechanic. Perhaps Niantic intended for trainers to keep track of what health they have left.

What they probably didn’t do on purpose, though, is having the switching Pokemon menu block out the attack buttons.

UI concept

There has been discussion within the Pokemon Go forums about GO Battle League including strategy, thoughts on the mode and even suggestions such as ideas for an improved UI.

One trainer, Tomohran, has even put together a UI concept that fixes the above issues. Instead of having an entirely different menu to switch Pokemon, they are now placed on the upper-left hand side of the screen where there was previously empty space.

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This UI concept for GO Battle League solves two issues trainers are currently having while battling…

Not only can they now be accessed with one tap, saving a lot of time, but their current HP is also shown.

Niantic have already said they are working on “several fixes” for GO Battle League so we’ll have to wait and see whether a change to the UI is one of them. Maybe they’ll take this trainers advice.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.