An explosive viral meme has been sweeping the gamer corners of social media sites. The meme poses the question of who would win in a fight between the iconic brothers Mario and Luigi from the Super Mario Bros, versus the diabolical fallen angel Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.
On January 15th, 2023, Twitter user @GirlSephiroth posted the hypothetical match-up in a versus thread she had created earlier in the day. The post went viral gaming 14,000 retweets and 2900 likes over the next three days. The overwhelming consensus of the gaming community is that, judging by the feats they have displayed in each of their games, Mario and Luigi would handily defeat Sephiroth. This led many users to post humorous videos depicting how easily the Mario Bros. would defeat Sephiroth particularly using the Bros Attacks from the Mario and Luigi game series.
The meme quickly left Twitter and has spread to all corners of social media with videos, fanart, and more cropping up all over TikTok, YouTube, and Instagram. The meme shows no signs of slowing down as more gamers become aware of this hypothetical battle. What are your thoughts on this clash? Does the One-Wined Angel stand any chance against the mighty Mario Bros.?
Pokimane has decided to drop the facade and wants to sponsor legislation that attacks online criticism. This move strikes at one of the very foundations of a free internet.
In a recent stream Imane “Pokimane” Anys, 26 year-old Twitch partnered streamer, revealed she wants to end online criticism. In the stream Pokimane says that she wants to “facilitate the creation of legislation that holds people accountable for the actions that they do online” she continues “I think there’s some companies I’m gonna message — not companies, organizations that are involved with certain causes and I’ll be like, ‘listen, if you ever need someone to… (makes talking gesture with her hands)… I’m you girl.””
The key takeaway from Pokimane’s confusing and unfocused ramble, though she appears to be reading off of a script she prepared, is that the streamer intends to contact companies and groups that push for online online censorship an government regulation of the internet and petition to be their spokesperson. This is ironic considering Pokimane has been involved in several incidents of unsavory online activity, from her frequent use of the n-word, to her doxing children, to assembling her fans into hate mobs and sending them to harass her critics and anyone that associates with them. Any organization that truly cares about combating bullying and online hate would not jump into bed with a figure with such a questionable moral track record.
This move from Pokimane indicates that the streamer is looking to join the ranks of infamous figures such as Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu, that champion the cause of destorying the internet as we know it for the sake of protecting themselves from criticism online. It is clear to anyone that has spent any amount of time online that Pokimake has earned a lot of bad will with the internet through her own terrible behavior online and refusal to take responsibility and grow from her mistakes. Instead the streamer sees a career turn into a lobbyist for rich powerful organizations, that have a stake in seeing the internet under their control via the government, as a wise move.
In the short-term Pokimane may be able to cash what is left of her credibility with the internet in return for slice of the pie if the government and their special interest partners gain control of the internet. In the long-term this could be the final blow to Pokimane’s already flagging internet fame. And, by helping to create more dangerous censorship laws in the vein of SOPA and PIPA she would complete her transformation into one of the biggest villains in internet history.
2022 is the year of Belle Delphine crossovers. Coming hot off of collaborations with creators such as Tayszea, and Twomad, Belle is at it again. This time the sexy meme queen is collaborating with musician, comedian, and producer, Oliver Tree. The first video of the collaboration was posted by Oliver Tree on his Twitter. In the video features a skit with Belle and Oliver meeting and making the infamous ahegao face at each other before jokingly making out with a speed-up version of Tree’s newest song “Miss You” playing in the background. The tweet features the caption “what finding love on the internet looks like”. The first tweet sits at 1.5 million views.
Today Oliver posted a second video to Twitter the has Belle and Oliver wearing cat ears and doing a joking dance continuing the love theme with the tweet reading “E-Romeo and E-Juliet” and captions in the video saying “Famous e-girl, Famous e-boy, Living e-happily ever after 👫”. This tweet is already over 60,000 likes and will likely reach a similar vial status quickly. At this time it is unkown if there will be any future videos or content relating to the collaboration.
A big factor in Belle Delphine’s ever-enduring charm is the random and chaotic nature of her content. This factor certainly crosses over into the creators she collaborates with. The collaborative projects always seem to drop completely out of nowhere shocking ans surprising the internet. One thing is for sure, the internet is always hungry for more Belle Delphine content and will be eagerly awaiting what future surprises the e-girl queen has in store.
You can follow Belle Delphine and Oliver Tree’s content here.
Over the weekend TwitchCon 2022 has been taking place in San Diego, California. Streamers and fans from all across the globe to celebrate the platform. However, for some attendees the event would take a dangerous turn.
During the convention one of the features that Twitch set up was a foam pit for the “Face Off Challenge” at the event. The TwitchCon staff appear to have made a serious error in constructing this pit that would prove disastrous for unsuspecting participants. The pit sat directly on the concrete convention floor with only a shallow layer of foam cubes between the contestants and the ground. This thin later of foam gave the illusion that it was a much deeper foam pit. This pit would cause several participants to sustain injuries upon falling into the pit. Most notably, there is a now viral clip of the twitch streamer and adult actress Adriana Chechik taking a dive into the pit and landing on her tailbone. Chechik is seen writhing in pain and calling for a medic as the event announcer can be heard saying “she’s fine” in an effort to assure the audience that the streamer wasn’t injured.
Later, Chechick took to Twitter to reveal that she had broken her back in two places and was undergoing surgery to insert a metal rod to support her back. In response to the injures of Checkik and others, TwitchCon has received mounting criticism for the lack of safety at the pit and for TwithCon keeping the pit open even after several participants were injured. As of yet Twitch has made no statement regarding the injuries that have occurred at TwitchCon.
Today The Pokémon Company released a 14-minute trailer video for the upcoming Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Scarlet Version and Pokémon Violet Version. The trailers went in-depth and showed off some game features in each of the three adventure paths in the main story.
New Pokémon Farigiraf
Farigiraf is the new evolution for Girafarig, it is a Normal/Psychic-type. In it’s evolution the head on Giragarig’s tail has merged with its main head. The two brains are connected by a thick system of nerves increasing its psychic powers.
Cud Chew is a new ability that activates when Farigiraf eats a berry allowing it to eat the berry a second time at the end of the turn.
Armor Tail is another new ability that negates the opponents ability to use priority moves like Quick Attack, Sucker Punch, and Extreme Speed.
Today The Pokémon Company released a new trailer that goes into the story details in the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games.
The player will have three quest lines that they can take on as part of their Treasure Hunt adventure.
Victory Road has trainers taking on the Pokémon League challenge where they collect the 8 gym bags and take on the Elite Four to become the Paldea region champion. The trailer introduces the Pokémon League Chairwomen, and Champion, Geeta (オモダカ, Omodaka), as well as the Grass-type Gym Leader Brassius (コルサ, Korusa). The gyms will feature Gym Tests which seem to be challenges that the player must progress through in order to face the gym leader. The trailer also reveals that Gym Leaders will be able to terastalize their Pokémon.
Starfall Street: The trailer introduces Team Star, a gang of delinquent students that has been causing trouble for the academy. Mela (メロコ, Meroko), the leader of Team Star’s Fire crew is also revealed. This suggests that there may be more crews in Team Star representing different types of Pokémon.
Path of Legends is a questline that has the player exploring the region to collect Herba Mystica. These mysterious herbs are guarded by Titan Pokémon, which are powerful and larger than normal versions of Pokémon. This seems to be similar to the Noble Pokémon from Pokémon Legends Arceus.
Let’s Go is a new feature that lets players send out the Pokémon following them in a direction, and that Pokémon will go on a quest where it picks up items and can auto-battle wild Pokémon. Auto battling is a new feature where the player’s Pokémon automatically battles wild Pokémon.
Three new Pokémon have been introduced in this trailer including two new legendary Pokémon.
Category: The Ambush Pokémon
Abilities: Anger Shell / Shell Armor
Klawf (ガケガニ, Gakegani )is a Rock-type land crab Pokémon. They like to hang upside down onto cliffs to ambush prey using their 360 vision from their protruding eyes. They get dizzy from the blood rushing to their head, so they can’t hang on to cliffs for long.
Category: Fire Warrior Pokemon
Ability: Flash Fire
Armarouge (グレンアルマ, Gurenaruma) is exclusive to Pokémon Scarlet. It wears a set of armor that belonged to a distinguished warrior. The armor is the source of the Psychic energy this Pokémon uses in combination with the fire within it’s body to attack.
Ceruledge (ソウブレイズ, Soubureizu) is exclusive to Pokémon Violet. It dons ancient armor that is steeped in grudges. This Pokémon wields blades made from the ghostly energy from the armor combined with the fire from its body. These blades can transform into a great sword increasing Ceruledge’s strength. Prey that is cut by these blades will have wounds that leak out the victims life energy.
Category: Fire Blades Pokemon
Ability: Flash Fire
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are scheduled to release on November 18th for the Nintendo Switch. A Pokémon Scarlet and Violet themed Nintendo Switch OLED model is set to release at the same time as the games.
Today The Pokémon company fully revealed the new Pokémon Grafaiai. The company had been teasing this Pokémon all week with social media posts.
A trailer video and a gameplay video were posted on YouTube today to fully show off Grafaiai. It is the first Poison/Normal-type Pokémon in the series thus far.
Toxic Monkey Pokémon
Abilities: Unburden/Poison Touch
Grafaiai is a poison/normal monkey Pokémon. It appears to be based on the Aye-Aye It uses its paint-like saliva to mark its territory and attract prey. Grafafi’s saliva is very toxic and changes color based on what it eats. The markings it creates release a sweet scent that draws in bug Pokémon that they become paralyzed as soon as they touch the marks. Grafaiai later returns to the markings to pick up the incapacitated prey.
Grafaiai are moody and extremely territorial often getting into territorial scuffles with other Pokémon. Because of this, they don’t gather in packs preferring to hunt alone.
Today the Official Pokémon social media accounts posted mysterious images hinting at a possible upcoming reveal of new information for the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Violet video games.
The posts show four images depicting strange paint marks on random locations in a forest. The photos show what appear to be painted multi-colored circle marks that somewhat resemble targets and stripes painted on trees and rocks. The text accompanying the posts says that the photos of the strange marks were taken by a photographer from the Paldea region, and that the markings have been getting attention from the citizens.
Fans have speculated that these markings could possibly hint at a regional variant or evolution for the Pokémon Smeargle. Another speculation is that the photographer that took the photos may be a gym leader. As of yet it is unknown when The Pokémon Company will next post to fully announce the new information.
During the closing ceremonies for the 2022 Pokémon World Championships a new game play trailer for the upcoming games Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet was revealed.
Online battles and Ranked Battles will return in Scarlet and Violet with all the same formats previously seen in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
This Dragon/Normal-type appears to be the pre-evolution to Koraidon and Miraidon in a manner similar to how Cosmog in Pokémon Sun and Moon evolved into Solgaleo and Lunala. Cyclizar has a new ability called Shed Tail. This ability lets Cyclizar shed its tail and creates a substitute while swapping out with another Pokémon on the team so the teammate switches in with a substitute already set up.
The trailer shows a new item called Mirror Herb that activates when an opponent gets a stat boost and copies that boost.
Another new hold item called Loaded Dice which increases the likelihood of multi-hit attacks like Bullet Seed hitting more times in a row.
The new item Covert Cloak is a hold item that prevents the secondary effects of opponents attacks from activating, for example the Filching effect from the move Fake Out won’t activate.
The new move Tera Blast is a Normal type attack that changes type when to match a Pokémon’s Type when terastalized. The move can be a physical or a special attack based on which attacking stat is higher on the Pokémon using it.
The location for the 2023 Pokémon World Championships has been revealed as Yokohama Japan.
During today’s Pokémon Presents streaming event a bevy of new details and information for the upcoming Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet were revealed. The trailer gives us hint at the story which will be divided into three quest-lines, the Gym Quest line where the player seeks out the 8 Gym Leaders and aims for the rank of Pokémon League Champion, the two other quest-lines were not revealed.
The region the game takes place in is called the Paldea Region. It is a vast region with a variety of environments from open fields to mountainous regions to lakes, and wastelands. The player enrolls in the Naranja Academy in Scarlet and Uva Academy in Violet. This venerable academy is the oldest school in Paldea and sits in the center of the largest city in the region Mesagoza City. At the Academy you’ll find people from various regions all gathered to hone their skills in academics as well as Pokémon, this makes student body is very diverse with students of all ages taking the same classes.
Mr. Jacq is the player’s homeroom teacher. It is very knowledgeable about Pokémon biology and created the PokéDex app that the player uses on their Rotom Phone. He can be a bit flighty as he becomes absorbed in his research.
Director Clavell runs the academy and soon after the player enrolls he announces a school-wide independent research project called the Treasure Hunt. Students are to go on a journey through Paldea region and learn about the people and Pokémon as they gather experiences and discover their own personal treasure.
One of the 8 Gym Leaders of the Paldea region is Grusha he is a former pro snowboarder with a cool-headed temperament. Grusa is a master of Ice-Type Pokémon.
Arven is an upperclassman. He is not very good at Pokémon battles but he is an excellent cook and researches Pokémon health and nutrition. He will ask the player to help him out.
Penny is a classmate. She has a shy personality and tends not to come to class often. She is very fond of her fluffy Eevee backpack.
The new battle mechanic was shown off in detail. It is called Terastal and it is similar to Mega Evolution. When a Pokémon Terastallizes it takes on a crystalline appearance and gains a sort of crown accessory called a Tera Jewel. The Pokémon gains better stats and stronger attacks and, in some cases, new typing. All Pokémon in Paldea are capable of Terestallizing. Every Pokémon has a hidden Tera Type that doesn’t activate until that Pokémon Terastallizes and it becomes that type. For example a Pikachu will normally have an Electric Tera Type matching it’s usual type, however some Pikachu will have a Flying Tera Type and when those Pikachu Terastallize they become Flying-types getting Pokémon with these rare Tera Types can be a key advantage in battles.
Raid Battles return as Tera Raid battles where up to four players can band together to fight a strong Terastallized Pokémon. The battles are streamlined so players no longer have to wait for their teammates turns to pass before making a move. This makes cooperating with your teammates even more key to come out victorious in these Tera Raids. After winning a Tera Raid all participants will have a chance to catch the defeated Pokémon. Tera Raids are a good way to capture Pokémon with rare Tera Types.
A couple new Pokémon were revealed in today’s trailer:
Fidough is the Fairy-type puppy Pokémon. It resembles mochi or baked confectionery treats like donuts, this Pokémon’s breath has a yeast quality that it uses to ferment things around it, this yeast breath is also useful for cooking.
Paldean Wooper is the Paldean Regional Variant of Wooper, it is a Poison/Ground-Type. In the ancient past the Wooper of Paldea were driven from the waters by competing Pokémon, and they moved into bogs on land where they adapted by covering their bodies with a poisonous film to keep from drying out as they live on land.Their gills hardened over time and they developed the ability to shoot poisonous liquid from them.
Cetitan is an Ice-type terrestrial whale Pokémon. It has strong muscles and thick blubber to support it’s heavy body