The Hoenn dex entries have now been updated. Hopefully Sinnoh will be done by the time Pokemon Go finishes adding it as well.
-The World of Pokemon
Taking a break from the usual site updates, many of you may be interested in this contest from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology to name a number of newly-discovered insects after Pokémon. A summary of the contest is below, along with links to the contest and more information about it. If you were looking a way to utilize your enthusiasm about Pokémon for real-world scientific purposes, this would be a great way to do so!
In what may be the first of its kind, an international team of scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology (OSIT) announced an Internet contest to name five new insect species they discovered from the Fiji Islands. Although scientists christen thousands of new species each year with scientific names, this may be the first time the honor will be given to the worldwide public. There is only one rule to the online poll: voters must choose from a list of 25 Pokémon names (no, Anty McAntface is not an option).
Why name ants after Pokémon? Dr. Eli Sarnat, who is leading the project, realized that naming the new species after Pokémon could highlight an integral part of the study: Augmented Reality (AR), “Augmented reality (AR) is a rapidly expanding technology but most of the taxonomy experts our paper is written for aren’t familiar with the term. Now once you start talking about Pokémon Go, folks get it right away. The app we’re developing is like Pokémon Go, but instead of seeing Pokémon through your phone, you’ve got these intricate computer-generated models of new ant species that you can rotate and spin and walk around as if they were right in front of you.”
Pokémon and entomology share much in common, and the OIST team hopes that the contest will bring Pokémon fans an even greater appreciation for insects. Satoshi Tajiri, the inventor of Pokémon, enjoyed insect collecting as a boy and hoped one day to become an entomologist. The influence of bug collecting is clearly reflected in the Pokémon universe Tajiri created. Asked how he settled on a shortlist of only 25 out of 802 possible Pokémon, Sarnat said he focused mostly on those that physically resemble the new Strumigenys ‘trapjaw’ ants which all have six legs and a pair of pincer-like mandibles. Sarnat also included the four Polynesian-like guardian deities of the Alola Islands that remind him of his fieldwork among the Fiji Islands where the ants were discovered.
Contest Page: https://fans.vote/v/ACxFPX00XkY
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/Pokemon-Contest-835884166619075
Another Dex update, this time marking the completion of all the updated entries of the Johto region. Next stop, Hoenn!
- The World of Pokemon
Hey everyone, this post marks the updating of all Kanto Pokemon and Kanto/Johto Mega Evolutions with the new entries from USUM! I know that over a year after the game's release is hardly timely, but I've been cracking away at it slowly over the last few months until finally sitting down to put them all together. The Kanto portion is the longest of them all, having the most new entries, so it should hopefully be quicker from here. The new Pokemon themselves might come before the Alola updates, depending on scheduling. Until then, I hope you guys enjoy the new info!
- The World of Pokemon
Hi everyone! The USUM update is slowly trudging along. I still haven't finished playing USUM yet with life and whatnot in the way, but I've been picking away at updating the site with the new USUM dex entries. Pokemon 1-51, Alolans, and the Kanto/Johto Megas have been updated as of today. As for the new Pokemon, I think it would be better for me to finish the game first and see what exactly is up with them before I take a crack at those. Hope you guys are enjoy the new content, however sparse it is!
- The World of Pokemon
After nearly five years of work, I'm proud to announce the World of Pokémon. If you just want to jump in and explore the website yourself, go right on ahead. The "About" page will help a lot in explaining different sections in greater detail. For those who want a very quick rundown of what to expect, here's a short guide; note that everything other than the news and about page is written from an in-universe perspective, as if a Pokémon researcher was writing to an audience of trainers:
- Every Pokémon has an main entry that's like a giant Pokédex entry; it tells you everything about the Pokémon we know from all the games, plus more from its real-world inspiration, mythology, and culture
- Accurate size charts for every Pokémon that account for differing measurements (height, wingspan, length) and poses
- Every regular Pokémon family has a research page that goes into its biology, evolution, and/or cultural role in the Pokémon world; the page also includes diet, care, and caution regarding each species
- Detailed habitat/biome specifications for each Pokémon to help put together a cohesive world where Pokémon can interact with one another
- Binomial nomenclature for every Pokémon species, sorted taxonomically from domain to species (a written "tree of life" to accompany the visual one I made you that may have seen elsewhere on the internet)
- Difficulty ratings (easy, medium, hard) for raising species of Pokémon
- Supplemental articles that go in-depth on topics glossed over in the main entries (current articles: "Life Energy" and "National Pokédex Order")
Again, the About page goes much more in-depth about various articles, so I strongly recommend you check it out.
I plan to continue updating the site with things like locations, notable people, and more articles. Hopefully you guys enjoy what you can already find here. Cheers!
After nearly 5 years of work and a lot of time putting together the website, I think it's finally ready for a "soft-launch" of sorts. There are still sections I haven't gotten around to adding that I plan to, but the core entries for each Pokémon are finished (Mega Evolutions and Alolan forms notwithstanding), but very high up on the priority list). An "About" page should be up shortly as well, so people can figure out what this site is even about. I'll put up an official introductory post once I work out a couple more kinks, but I'll leave this one up for now to test out the Site News Page. Happy New Year, folks.