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Looking Forward: Tribute to the Distraction

No change in size, 08:02, 8 September 2010
sp. "is missing out on a major opportunity by now allowing custom..." -> "is missing out on a major opportunity by no"T" allowing custom..."
Flash forward to {{bp|Generation IV}}, we had {{bp|Diamond and Pearl Versions|Diamond and Pearl}} expand upon the Contests with {{bp|Super Contests}}, but also had something else in {{bp|HeartGold and SoulSilver Versions|HeartGold and SoulSilver}}: Pokéathlons. This competition was unlike anything else before it. The mini-games were fast paced and frantic, certainly a stand out in a franchise based around turn-based menu battles. Like Contests before it, Pokéathlons are also a great time waster, and shallow as the minigames are, it is hard not to feel the urge to clear all of the ranks and cover your Pokéathletes in medals.
Now it seems {{bp|Black and White Versions|Black and White}} is heading in the direction of Contests again with Pokémon Musical. Dressing up your monsters returns from Diamond and Pearl’s Super Contests, but the move exhibition rounds have been eliminated in favor of a musical performance round, not unlike rhythm games, where you control your Pokémon as they perform preset bits of music, as well as downloadable tunes from the Global Link. I’ll take this opportunity to state something: Game Freak, unless it has put this in there and not yet revealed it, is missing out on a major opportunity by nownot allowing custom Pokémon Musical sound tracks from say, a player’s SD card. Admit it, it would be awesome. I would play Pokémon Musical to death if I could do it to the sounds of Flyleaf. [[File:Pokémon_Musical.png|200px|thumb|I'm so sick/Infected with where I live...]]
One thing about the distractions, however, is they seem to elicit a collective “meh” from most players. Some may find them less engaging than the core battle mechanics, while others may never even touch them through their playthroughs. The argument arises, why should Game Freak devote time and resources to such diversions if that is the case? My retort to them would be this: the same generation that Pokémon Contests were introduced, the data structure for the Pokémon files was completely renovated and redone. Super Contests didn’t stop advances like the Physical/Special split in Generation IV either. The core mechanics of it all still surge forward at a great pace, even if we have these things on the side.