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Game Corner in European Platinum Removed

  1. Doctor Oak

    Staff Member Overlord

    [img align=right]http://www.pokecharms.com/random/9.jpg[/img]In a startling turn of events, it's been discovered that the Game Corner, a staple mini-game within the Pokemon series, has been nixed within the European release of Pokemon Platinum.

    While the building is still within the game, and remains untouched, the machines can not be played. Instead, interacting with certain machines merely gives you between 5 and 20 coins similar to finding coins on the floor - you can only do this once every day, however. All references to actually playing the machines or winning money has also been removed.

    Nintendo has made no indication concerning any reason why they have taken such a surprising step in this localisation, but we have reached out to them for an answer and will keep you updated if we can.

    Now that such an act has happened, however, does this spell the end for the traditional Game Corner in the Pokemon games? Or are we just going to have to pay the "Living in Europe Tax" and miss out from now on?

    Check out the topic for the full in-game script that reveals this startling fact.
     

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Discussion in 'Pokécharms News' started by Doctor Oak, May 25, 2009.

    1. Doctor Oak
      Doctor Oak
      To stop the forums breaking because of the RSS feed on the sidebar, I'm just gonna copypasta the entire first post here as well:

      [img align=right]http://www.pokecharms.com/random/9.jpg[/img]In a startling turn of events, it's been discovered that the Game Corner, a staple mini-game within the Pokemon series, has been nixed within the European release of Pokemon Platinum.

      While the building is still within the game, and remains untouched, the machines can not be played. Instead, interacting with certain machines merely gives you between 5 and 20 coins similar to finding coins on the floor - you can only do this once every day, however. All references to actually playing the machines or winning money has also been removed.

      Nintendo has made no indication concerning any reason why they have taken such a surprising step in this localisation, but we have reached out to them for an answer and will keep you updated if we can.

      Now that such an act has happened, however, does this spell the end for the traditional Game Corner in the Pokemon games? Or are we just going to have to pay the "Living in Europe Tax" and miss out from now on?

      Check out the topic for the full in-game script that reveals this startling fact.

      HTML:
      [b]Person/Object[/b][b]American Text[/b][b]European (English) Text[/b]
      Game coin service attendantWelcome to the Veilstone Game Corner!
      
      Did you want some game Coins?
      It's ¥1000 for 50 Coins.
      Would you like some?Welcome to the Veilstone Game Corner!
      
      Did you want some game Coins?
      It's ¥1000 for 50 Coins.
      Would you like some?
      
      SignShoot for 10!
      Line up those bonus rounds!
      
      If you accomplish the feat of completing
      10 uninterrupted bonus rounds,
      please go to the counter.
      
      You will be presented with a fabulous prize!
      
      The current record sits at
      [number record] straight bonus rounds!
      
      A polite request from the management:
      
      Please take care not to spill Lemonade
      or Soda Pop on the Game Machines.
      This will damage the Game Machines.
      
      If you do happen to spill a drink,
      please inform reception.
      
      Slot Machines[i](This is where the Slot Machine mini-game would load up)[/i]
      
      It's a Game Machine!
      
      [b]On certain machines every day[/b]
      Found [5 to 20] Coins!
      
      [PLAYER] put the Coins away in
      the Coin Case.
      
      EngineerI want Coins, of course, but
      setting records is hot, too!
      
      Sure, battling with Pokémon is great,
      but collecting Coins is pretty hot too!
      
       Bald man	
      Listen, when CLEFAIRY appears, that's
      your chance to line up sevens.
      
      Line those babies up and you're into
      the bonus round!
      
      Hey! If you search the Game Machines
      sometimes extra Coins fall out!
      
      Thing is, it only tends to happen
      once a day...
      
      Fat otaku	
      Woohoo! CLEFAIRY! It's adorable!
      Just seeing it gets my pulse racing!
      
      Oh, let me impart a piece of advice to you!
      
      If the moon turns red, you don't
      want to get a replay because it
      makes CLEFAIRY tired!
      
      Aroooo! All these Coins! Just when you
      think you've got 'em... they disappear!
      
      I'll let you in on a secret!
      
      Sometimes you can find Coins in the
      Game Machines which the previous person
      forgot! Cha-ching!
      
      Beauty on the slotsWhen a Poké Ball appears, it's a
      change to line up slot marks.
      
      Replays and PIKACHU line up even if
      you don't make an effort.
      
      But you need to aim for better marks,
      like Poké Balls and Moon Stones.I love Veilstone City because of the
      department store and Game Corner.
      It seems like I'm always coming here!
      
      ... But you know something?
      
      I always have so much fun that before
      I know it, it's already night time!
      But my trusty Pokémon are with me so
      I'm not afraid of going home at night.
      
      LookerLooker: Ah, it is you, yes.
      
      Examine, if you will, the reels.
      The Team Galactic logo, it is here.
      
      Further investigation is needed, and
      I am just the man to do it.
      
      Also, where the masses gather, so too
      does information.
      
      ...Ack. My streak is broken.Looker: Ah, it is you, yes.
      
      Team Galactic, yes, I have a hunch
      that they, too, may come here to play.
      
      Further investigation is needed, and
      I am just the man to do it.
      
      Also, where the masses gather, so too
      does information.
      
      ... Game Over? How can this be?
      
      Beauty walking around	
      I'll explain how the slot machines
      work at this Game Corner.
      
      During regular play, you should
      stop the reels from the left.
      
      During the bonus round, watch
      where CLEFAIRY points and stop
      the reels in that order.Hi! Let me tell you a little
      bit about the Game Corner!
      
      There's a very good reason to try
      and collect a lot of coins here!
      
      You see, next door, you can exchange your Coins for Technical Machines!
      
      Man with spiky hairA friend in my group scored a ton of
      Coins here.
      
      Why mess with a good thing?
      I'll try the same spot, too!Recently, my friends keep beating
      me at Pokémon battles so...
      I come here to let off some steam.
      
      Bald man near the wall	
      Sigh...
      Nothing's going my way today...
      Are you a Trainer?
      Did you battle the Gym Leader?
      
      She happens to be my daughter.
      She's some kind of tough!
      Nothing's going my way today...
      Are you a Trainer?
      Did you battle the Gym Leader?
      
      She happens to be my daughter.
      She's some kind of tough!
      	
      Are you a Trainer?
      
      Did you battle the Gym Leader?
      
      She happens to be my daughter.
      She's a real tough cookie!
      
      
      Last edited by a moderator: Jul 27, 2014
    2. Tatile
      Tatile
      Ok, I have to admit that I suck at the slot machines, I can't do a single thing right with it. This is one of the most ludicrous things I've read though, are you serious? There have been complaints floating around about the game corners for a while now, but why in this version of the gmae and why in Europe only?

      Did the EU Commission say it was passing one of it's fangled laws, since the can no longer dictate how straight our bananas have to be?

      Nonsense, utter and total nonsense.
    3. Linkachu
      Linkachu
      Europe must really have some bad gambling addictions :p

      Jokes aside, a part of me isn't overly surprised. It's like newer programming aimed at younger individiuals avoiding smoking and gun-related references. Gambling is another one of those wary topics for parents, so maybe this really is a move to get rid of the game corner entirely for future releases? Still, if that is true, seems pretty mean that they chose to use Europe as the test run.

      Guess we won't know until the next time this does/doesn't happen (or they give us a formal answer. That'd be nice).
    4. NonAnalogue
      NonAnalogue
      After they changed the Gambler to the Gamer in FR/LG (and then to the PI in DPP), this move seems like the next step.

      ...though I thought it would have happened in the US, not Europe. Huh.
    5. SweetSmoochum
      SweetSmoochum
      Maybe there was a glitch with the game corner, so they had to change it? Similar as to why the Safari Zone couldn't be accessed in GSC? Idk. I feel bad that Europe can't use the game corner. :( I never use it, but it's supposed to be there. I feel bad for those who like to use it. It's better to play w/ the reels in the game than go to a real casino. By playing the reels in Pokemon has convinced me to not go gambling. (I'm not very good. I give up easily. I hope they don't get rid of the game corner in HG/SS....)
    6. Xatu
      Xatu
      That is quite a disappointment. However, the main question on my mind is where does TM64 now reside seeing as you can't win it there.
    7. sunny1213141515
      sunny1213141515
      Well that stinks. :/ Looks like you are just going to have to buy all of your coins. That's what I do, because I hate the games. They drive me nuts!
    8. Dragodden
      Dragodden
      To be honest, the version of the game corner that was removed was really not my thing. It was like because they needed something new, they overcomplicated the whole system with the clefairy bonus round. It boggled my mind.

      But that really sucks. If they were going to take it away, they should have taken the game corner away entirely and added something different for the space. Random coins each day sounds really not worth it.. too much work for not a lot. Kind of corny to get rid of the option but KEEP the place.

      I agree with Katie, though. The creators may be getting angry responses from parents saying that they're encouraging gambling. But honestly, many RPGs seem to have them as bonus games.

      I can't wait for atheists to start complaining about the use of religion in EVERY RPG. Worse yet, religious groups finding the use of religion in such a manner offensive (ie EVIL religious cults).. They'll rip the game apart if they try and remove THAT. *Thinks about Lunar, Final Fantasy, Tales and any other utterly epic RPG based around religion being evil* :p
    9. Doctor Oak
      Doctor Oak
      This has nothing to do with design choices or GameFreak.

      This is purely censuring from NOE.

      You can get all the prizes as normal - the only difference is that there's no actual game to play to win them. You just find the coins randomly.
    10. 112% Elusive
      112% Elusive
      You can get all the prizes as normal - the only difference is that there's no actual game to play to win them. You just find the coins randomly.
      [/quote]
      Alex, I believe you got TM 64 by getting at least 10 bonus rounds in a row on the slots. As that's not possible in the European version, Xatu was wondering how you got it now.
    11. Lucario454
      Lucario454
      I think he means that in order to get it now, you have to buy it with the coins you find.
    12. NonAnalogue
      NonAnalogue
      According to Bulbapedia, the Explosion TM is now purchasable like any other TM at the Game Corner.
    13. Xatu
      Xatu
      I see. Well you all get a much easier TM then. I'll probably be begging for one of those on wifi sometime come fall when I actually have wifi again. (I never could figure out those stupid bonus rounds.)
    14. jertyuiop
      jertyuiop
      I can't believe it. I (sort of) liked this minigame. Well, I guess we get some coins for free... :-\
    15. Johto-Master
      Johto-Master
      :-\ I know
      HG and SS wouldn't be gold and silver remakes without all the good old stuff, even though no one really likes the game corner.
    16. Carmen Lopez
      Carmen Lopez
      Wow, this really is surprising. I agree with TBA, I would've expected this from the US, not Europe. Unlike most people here, I adore the Game Corner and I win a huge of my coins rather than buying them all. It doesn't take to much time to rack up a ton. I find the slots in DPP a trillion times better than the ones of the past, and much easier to win. I mean, the ones in GSC and FRLG were mediocre and the ones in RSE just sucked.

      Ahem, I digress.

      But yeah, this may well be the future for all Pokemon games yet to be released. I would still be disappointed if it did happen though.
    17. POH!KEMON
      POH!KEMON
      It is disappointing to hear news of removal of another mini-game in Platinum. Don't you guys miss the little Clefairy instructing you where to point? It's sad to see things come and go in Pokemon games, especially in Euorope.
    18. Pokémon Breeder Ben
      Pokémon Breeder Ben
      I wonder what spooked NOE into censoring the Game Corner. Could they have run into trouble with the PEGI rating? It's too bad that NOE decided that the edit was necessary.
    19. StellarWind Elsydeon
      StellarWind Elsydeon
      I don't like the game corner, personally - never really bothered with it - but censoring out of the game?

      Seriously. ;
    20. Dragodden
      Dragodden
      Stel, I completely agree.

      Way to go, parents. Hide your children from the reality of the world, make it forbidden and what do you get? Nutso teens on the loose with freedom and a miserable and frustrated fanbase of adult gamers.
    21. Mind Lord
      Mind Lord
      Personly, I liked the game corner. Pity, ah well, theres still so much cool stuff in platinum
    22. POH!KEMON
      POH!KEMON
      Yeah, why can't we teens experience the world of adulthood?
    23. Doctor Oak
      Doctor Oak
      The EU would be the focus of blame - not the PEGI or an abstract group of 'parents'.
    24. Fist of the Beast King
      Fist of the Beast King
      That's bullsh*t! Who gives a f*ck if there's gambling in Pokemon?! What the hell has the god damn world come to?! Christ... I wonder what drugs those r*t*rded b*stards were doing?!

      Sometimes I wonder if the world will be screwed sooner than later.... I mean COME ON! Getting rid of one of the staple mini-games in a KIDS' video game?! If I were in Europe, I'd be pissed to the point of wanting to KILL!
    25. Dragodden
      Dragodden
      I'm a little frightened.. What a reaction. O___O

      (And sorry if I insulted any "teens" with my previous post. I was stereotyping with the worst case scenario.)
    26. Mind Lord
      Mind Lord
      Bloody hell man, no need to go that OTT
    27. Akuma Kamigami Ryu
      Akuma Kamigami Ryu
      Just stumbled over this thread, and just register me for this too...
      It probably happened for the safety of the youth... since gambling makes addicting... blah blah blah...
      Nonsense if you ask me... why so late? The slot machines where in the previous Pokémon versions too.
      It was still in D/P... It's actually annoying... our "beloved" F.R.G. already strengthened the laws for games/movies for 18+ content with violence and weapon usage... after the happening in the school in Erfurt a few years ago and the same in... er... I forgot the place name...
      Last edited by a moderator: Jul 27, 2014
    28. Ayumi
      Ayumi
      I don't really mind this since I never played at the Game Corner anyway, but I feel bad for those who enjoyed it.

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