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My experience with transferring Pokemon from HeartGold to X so far

The last time I played Pokemon before X and Y came out was HeartGold. As my save states, I sunk about 107 hours into that game, and caught nearly all the Pokemon in the National Dex at the time.

  • Downloaded Pokemon Bank to my 3DS and linked it to my Nintendo ID.
  • "Bought" a 30 day trial to PKMN Bank for $0.00
  • Downloaded Poke Transporter, a SECOND app needed just to interact with Black and White.
  • Borrowed a copy of Black 2 from a friend, because you can’t transfer Pokemon directly from HeartGold to X, AND because I never beat my copy of Black.
  • Dug up my old DS to use the PokeTransfer system from Black and White, which meant using the DS download feature to play a tedious minigame that only allows you to transfer 6 Pokemon at a time (I have 300, at least 100 of which I definitely wanted to transfer).
  • Learned I couldn’t transfer Pokemon who knew HM’s and had to start up HeartGold again to take those PKMN to the move deleter
  • Played this minigame for OVER AN HOUR to transfer about 150 PKMN over before I decided to say “fuck this shit” and cut my losses with the other 150.
  • Opened the Poke Transporter app, where I learned I could only upload one box of Pokemon from Black 2 at a time. Oh, and the box I was uploading HAD to be Box 1, meaning for every 30 Pokemon I wanted to transfer, I had to upload them from Black 2, swap to the X cart, download them from Pokemon Bank, then swap back to Black 2, start the game up, move 30 Pokemon over to Box 1, save, open Poke Transporter, upload, rinse, repeat.
  • Realized that I missed out on a special gift in X if I didn’t open X every time I did a transfer.
  • Realized that there was a patch for X that needed to be downloaded.
  • Pulled my hair straight out.

This is some convoluted ass bullshit. I find the main game itself to be pretty tedious, but this is ridiculous. First world problem, but I’ve got more important things to do than fiddle with three separate cartridges, two DS’, and two applications for over three hours just to transfer some digital creatures.

But hey, I’ve got my Mew. So there’s that.

Had to get a photo of this one before going back to school again. Anamanaguchi’s Endless Fantasy signed, and the sticker I got with the CD, saved for eight months, and stuck on a box. Got these the day after the album came out, I think the second show of their tour. My friend and I decided not 24 hours before the show that we were going to drive from New Paltz to Connecticut just an hour after my last final exam would be over. We saw the show, got back at 3AM, and I went back to Long Island 7AM the next day. One of my favorite spontaneous trips of 2013

Regardless of if you’re a gamer or not, go play Gone Home.

I just blew through Gone Home in two hours. Not something I was expecting, as I was planning on going to bed two hours ago. I don’t think I’ve ever played anything like it. It’s a short story told in video game form, and it flows perfectly.

Of all things, it actually made me remember a time when I was little, when I had to drape a blanket over my TV to play Resident Evil past my bedtime so my parents wouldn’t see the light coming from my room. Now, this game doesn’t feature zombies, or any other living things for that matter. It’s just you, a house, and a story to be discovered. The last time I relished in exploring an empty mansion was Resident Evil, and discovering the Keeper’s Diary in that game still stands as one of my favorite experiences in a video game. While the RE series has taken an action-oriented focus ever since the first game, I will still always fondly remember those diaries scattered about the Spencer Mansion.

Bioshock brought this idea back with Rapture. The audio logs and the beautiful, yet damaged setting all gave me a tingly feeling that I was piecing together a story from stuff that was just left behind. However, Bioshock was a shooter at heart, and lacked that uneasy, slow pace that Resident Evil had. Gone Home brings that feeling back in waves, and tells a damn good story while doing so.

I’m sure you’ve heard every reviewer out there say little other than “go experience this for yourself”, and they’re right. Don’t even watch the trailer. It’s not that intense of a game, so you can probably play it even on a shitty old laptop. Just set aside two hours to yourself, dim the lights, and enjoy.

Gettin’ back to this internet thing

Well, this semester was an awful mess. Anxiety and depression made up most of it, the rest being stress over grades and money and all that lovely junk. But hey, that’s over now! Grades are in, Christmas is over, and suddenly I’m unemployed! Suddenly I have all this free time and nothing to stress over and it’s…strange.

Anyhow! I’ve realized that I went almost completely radio silent the past few months (Sprites and Dice definitely suffered for that). I posted less frequently everywhere and recessed into a stress ball that lurked but rarely spoke.

So, this is a post to say, “Hey! I’m alive!” Time to dig into some personal projects I’ve put off and chip away at the video game backlog.

I wanted to show that men and women can be friends without having a relationship,” says del Toro of the relationship between the two main characters Mako (played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi) and Raleigh (“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam). “Theirs is a story about partnership, equality and a strong bond between partners. It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war.
Guillermo del Toro (via albinwonderland)

(Source: littlehobbitsoul)



Watch a free 80 minute HD concert film from our recent Tension 2013 tour, presented by Vevo. Filmed at Staples Center in Los Angeles 11/8/13.

Nine Inch Nails: Tension, an expanded Blu-ray/DVD/digital release, is coming in Spring 2014 with tons of extra content, 5.1 surround sound, and more. Sign up at to be notified as soon as pre-orders go live.

I’m excited that we were able to get this show documented and that we can put it out for everyone to see. It puts a great bookend on an amazing tour. I’m more excited for the Blu-ray release though - I spent last week sitting with the editor of this Vevo cut, finessing it and making tweaks and doing color corrections, and there’s a lot of detail that gets lost here but will really shine on Blu-ray. Plus there are some great production moments from the show which aren’t in this cut, but will be on the final release. We’ll have details and pre-orders on all that stuff soon, we’re still getting the specifics worked out. For now, set this to full screen 1080p with the sound cranked, and enjoy.

If you didn’t get to see this show live, here’s your chance. Really, WATCH it. The visuals are unreal. This specific recording is missing some of my favorites from the show I went to - 1,000,000 and Burn specifically - but I am very excited for the Blu-ray to come out.

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