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Is their a general concensus that Pokemon design has been in decline since G2?

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2 years ago#1
Is it just me or has the quality of Pokemon design been trending down since the first two generations?

It just seems to me than an ice cream cone or a pokemon with 28 equal bad derivative shapes would have never made the cut back in the day.
2 years ago#2
inb4 people list Dugtrio, Magneton, Grimer, Muk, Ditto and others as poor Pokemon designs.
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2 years ago#3
Every generation of pokemon has great and poor designs.

And Gen 6, in my opinion, is looking to be one of the best in terms of pokemon design.
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2 years ago#4
No, there's no consensus.

And back in the day, you had eggs with faces, a ball with a face, a pile of slime, a purple rat...

There are good and bad designs in every generation, picking the few bad designs of gen 5 and saying "Charizard is much cooler than these" is inherently stupid.
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2 years ago#5
it's only a concensus among Genwunners, and you shouldn't listen to their opinions because they're jaded souls who see the world in Gameboy colours and are incapable of liking new things.
2 years ago#6
I donīt think there is a consensus. Pokemon design is very subjective. You think that after Gen II it started getting worse, and thatīs fine. I, on the other hand, think Gen III is the peak of Pokemon design, and thatīs fine. Joe Schmoe thinks eveyrthing sucked till gen V, and thatīs fine.
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2 years ago#7
Why do people keep saying this ? ..There have been great Designs ever since Gen II plus the more variety the better.
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2 years ago#8
Not sure about quality but the style of gen 1-2 compared to gen 3-5 are noticeably different. Probably had different artists.
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2 years ago#9
kingtrace posted...
No, there's no consensus.

And back in the day, you had eggs with faces, a ball with a face, a pile of slime, a purple rat...

There are good and bad designs in every generation, picking the few bad designs of gen 5 and saying "Charizard is much cooler than these" is inherently stupid.


This, especially since Charizard is an incredibly dull design.
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2 years ago#10
Definitely no consensus.

There is a loud minority who claims they keep getting worse, but this is definitely a minority and agreeing with any opinions that suggest you like the original designs over the others is stigmatized in the community now, because of how obnoxious these "genwunners" can be.

Also, whenever a new game comes out (in any series, not just this one), there is a wave of nostalgic critics who will bash it because it's not the old games, so it may seem like this. But you will find this for every series. If you considered this a consensus, it would seem that EVERY game gets worse with EVERY sequel (in every aspect -- story, design, whatever)... but yet the industry trend is to make many sequels, because they sell the best. So the games must not be actually getting worse, or the vast majority of consumers are stupid enough to constantly buy games they hate. I think the reality is most likely the former...
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