Across the Generations – Creepy Trainer Notices You! (Pokémon)

Games currently playing: Brave Frontier, Tales of Link, Kingdom Hearts: Unchained, Chrono Trigger

As an adult, one of my favorite aspects of the Pokémon games is the diversity of characters, in terms of ages, interests, and personalities. Although the games are generally aimed towards children living in suburban and city areas, the in-game demographic certainly shows that all kinds of people can be and are Pokémon trainers. And while most characters are not portrayed much deeper than their one defining characteristic/trainer name, there’s enough variety along your journey to keep things interesting.

That said, one of the most peculiar and amusing character types for me was, as you could probably guess from the title of this article, the “creepy” trainer! Although this general type of character appears more so in the later games, the presence of the “creepy” or otherwise socially awkward/nonconforming people showed me as a kid that Pokémon wasn’t meant only for the “cool” kids—even if you were different, “weird”, or had interests that didn’t mesh together with those of other people, you could still be part of the amazing world of Pokémon!

In the Pokémon games, whenever a trainer notices you, he or she always has a special musical theme that plays while making their introductory pre-battle utterance. And as Holly mentioned in our interview, sometimes when minor characters don’t have all that much character development, the music is really what tells us what kind of people they are.

In the spirit of Halloween, let us begin our journey of the next Across the Generations installment, “Creeper Trainer Notices You!”

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Pokémon GO! Soundtrack Review – 7/18/16

With the internet abuzz about the latest Pokémon game, Pokémon GO!, I thought it would be appropriate to pitch in my 2 cents about the game’s limited, but nonetheless entertaining and review-worthy, music! I really, really appreciate the fact that the lovely Mr. Junichi Masuda wrote more music specifically for this mobile game. They could have easily just taken some tracks from the latest games in Gen VI (X & Y), but it’s pretty cool that he wrote exciting, new music! 😀

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Across the Generations – Pokémon Gym Theme

Games currently playing: Brave Frontier, Kingdom Hearts: Unchained, Pokémon Black, Tales of Link, Phantom of the Kill

It’s time for a new theme on Whimsically Theoretical! This article will mark the beginning of a new series that I will be writing, called “Across the Generations”, where I will compare similar themes across different games within a video game series! Today we are going to be talking about one of the most exciting themes in Pokémon: the Gym Theme! As the music that plays when you first enter an institute that, at least in the story mode, contains the most coveted and sought-after items in the game—the badges!—this theme carries a very strong sense of optimistic triumph and urgency, but certainly in the most hopeful way. Continue reading

Fire Emblem Fates Theme Song

“Lost in Thoughts, All Alone”: An In-Depth Musical Analysis

*WARNING* Mild spoilers ahead, about Fire Emblem Fates, Birthright (Chapter 12) and Conquest (Chapter 14). If you have not yet gotten to either of those chapters, be advised that I will include cutscenes that are in those chapters, but I won’t go too deep into the storyline, besides a brief and vague explanation as to what is happening on screen. If you are currently playing or intend to play one or both of these games, and would prefer to have every cutscene be a complete surprise, I suggest you not continue reading! But please come back after you get past those parts :3

However, if you do not mind a minor spoiler (I think one of the cutscenes was used in a trailer, actually) (not that trailers never ruin anything though -___-), or if you’ve already gotten this far in the game(s), OR if you are simply never going to play the game(s), then please, by all means keep reading! ^_^

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10 Categories of Video Game Music

Games currently playing: Brave FrontierLegend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, Fire Emblem Fates – Birthright

In my music theory classes every week, I like teaching my students about an interesting instrument or genre/style of music that I really like and want to expose them to. So far this semester, we’ve learned about the steel drum, the erhu (my favorite instrument <3), keyboard percussion (specifically xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba, and vibraphone), bluegrass music, the oud, ragtime music, extended techniques on Western instruments, and this past week… Video game music! 😀 Continue reading