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The release has already slipped by for North America, but Pokemon Platinum is here. And apparently, according to online retailers, it'll be out in Australia May 14th, 2009. That's a little more than a week before Europe sees it on May 22nd. Not bad.

I personally haven't played too far into the game yet due to preparatory team building, but the little I have seen is promising. The plot differs from Diamond & Pearl's right from the get-go in subtle, yet notable, ways, and you encounter one of the new characters for the first time early on. The environmental changes are also a nice touch - snow in Twinleaf town was pretty fun to see. But these are just my random thoughts. What are the opinions of the rest of you now playing it?

I wanted to take a poke at the Rotom insert in the Platinum game boxes, too. Each Platinum box (at least inside the NA-releases) contains a small insert that...
Sorry for being a bit late again, but Ralts said he had a way of speeding up the Internet and I foolishly let him try it... only for our entire connection to explode.

So, by stealing Wi-Fi from the nearby Blastoise family I've managed to get online to post up the scores. The answers will have to wait - I don't want to have to hang around too long, just in case they figure out I'm leeching their interwebz...

Anyways, considering the difficulty of the quiz, there wasn't much surprise that there werent too many entrants this time around - but well done to those that tried. You all still sucked (mostly) anyway, but at least YOU tried. You get a cookie. :)

Princess Sapphire: 14 pts
Samarai 222: 16 pts
Phoenix: 31 pts
Xatu: 30 pts

But the winner with 41 points out of 55, once again, is:

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More later on, but gotta run now, I can hear the clunking of big shellfish water types heading my way!
The Pokecharms Day quiz will now run throughout the rest of the weekend, replacing this week's normal quiz. You have until Sunday to get your answers in and the normal quiz will resume next weekend.

Remember, this week's quiz still counts towards your season score - so make sure you put in SOME response if you want to stand a chance of being towards the top at the end of the season!
Pikachu Thunder!
Go Destroy Team Rocket Now
Your powers are Hax


The poetry mastery of our very own Doctor Oak. Profound, isn't it?

This year for Pokecharms Day we'd like to celebrate things in a way that everyone can participate... and what could be easier than writing simple haiku-like poetry? In the spirit of Professor Oak (the master of Pokemon senryū), we'd like to hear some Pokemon poems from you guys. Whether it be about a specific Pokemon or an aspect of Pokemon in general, the choice is yours.

The guidelines are as simple as they sound. Write a Pokemon-related haiku-like poem consisting of three lines and up to 17 syllables. Then, PM your poem to me with the subject title "Pokecharms Day Haiku Contest".

The contest will run for a week, ending at Midnight GMT on March 24th. Once all of the entries have been collected, a voting process will be set up for the community itself to determine the best poems. Prizes will be announced at a later time.

So, show us your...
Well, after kicking my feet up for the weekend, I'm back with a double dose of quiz fun this week. Today's special Pokecharms Day quiz will run through until Friday, and on Friday the scores and answers will be posted just before this weekend's quiz goes up.

Even though this is a special quiz, it still counts towards this season's scores - so be sure to give it a go!

You may or may not know this, but the roots of this quiz itself go all the way back to the very first Pokecharms Day celebrations in 2004, where the two main competitions were Who's That Pokemon and the Pokequiz.

Two years later in 2006, those two competitions returned once again, and now they live on in the Weekly quiz.

Well, 3 years later, I've hunted those two competitions out of the Pokecharms Archive room and am posing them to you again. Unfortunately, the original competitions from 2004 are long since lost, but 2006's are still available.

There are 30 points available from the Who's That Pokemon category -...
Hey guys, kind of an unusual request here - but I need your mothers. I'm working on my University Web Design project and need to do some usability testing on the website I have to re-design - but I need a target audience's input on it.

Obviously, only having ONE mum, that rather limits my field of immediate access - but thousands of people visit here every day, and pure maths has got to dictate that they have at least one mum each too.

If you could ask, very kindly on my behalf, for your mum to take just 10 minutes or so to fill in a quick questionnaire as she uses the website I have to redesign, that would be extremely helpful. You can help them in so far as explaining their actions if they need to, but please don't help them with the actual questions/tasks and make sure they're honest in their responses!

The e-mail address to return them to is in the document, and you can attach that and do it for them if they don't know how.

The only thing is, I need a really quick...
You may be wondering what this is, but this new program I have been working on is tailored to the needs of players looking for help on Pokémon movesets. The Attack Effectiveness Table shows stats about Pokémon that exist, but no one had the time or though to put into a nice, organized layout.

This document will have four helpful options out for users to use. As of right now, it has three operating, with the fourth one still in progress.

This is also part of the Pokécharms Day festivities, so other things might pop up later.

Follow the comment jump for more specific details.
Hi folks, as you may have noticed, no Blaziken today. We've decided that instead of the normal weekend quiz this week, we'll have a special Pokecharms Day quiz on Tuesday - so make sure to check back on Pokecharms day for that and much more.

I know Blaziken hasn't gotten around to posting LAST week's answers yet either, but he left me in charge of it and I've been really busy. I'll try and get them up tomorrow instead.
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Okay, so, judging by my bland news icon I should never be allowed near Photoshop again. But that's besides the point.

A while back, a few people may have noticed a particular post made by Midnight Shadows in the Pokecharms Staff Openings - Auditions! thread (which, by the way, is still open if people are interested in applying). Midnight Shadows, who's become known as the resident shiny Pokemon hunter around these parts (and for good reason), did an audition piece on how she personally hunts them down via PokeRadar chaining. Now, as I mentioned above, only a handful of people probably read this, so we'd now like to bring it to a wider audience.

Due to length, you'll find the article itself in the...
The game is on its way, just 12 days till the US release and not too long till it's out here in the UK, either. A new trailer from Pokemon USA has appeared detailing the new WiFi features, so here it is:


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