Announcement: New Affiliate

I am sure you have noticed a a few new changes to the site, most recently a tab in the upper right hand corner. If you haven’t, that is okay.

I have a new affiliate tabs. This tab will be links to sponsor sites and products.

A new (and the first) affiliate of Daily Big T is BLits Games.

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Who or what is BLits Games?

You can find out more about them here, but essentially here is an exert from their website:

BLits is an independent Yaoi/Boy’s Love development team founded in October 2016 by artists Mikkoukun and Zael, eventually co-founded with the programmer, Jey. Once founded, the team set out to create its first project, a visual novel, “Camp Buddy”.

Why take them on as an affiliate?

Why not? I am a gamer. I love visual novels. I am a bisexual guy so this is right up my alley. The game is fun and what I know of the company they’re pretty good.

How does this affect me?

Uh… it doesn’t. Unless you plan to buy the game, then you can access it from my site.

If you have any questions or concerns please drop me a line using the contact tab. Otherwise, wait for a new update. This was just a quick announcement post.

Peace!

NaNoWriMo

I know it is a late post, but it is November and that means it is NaNoWriMo time. My participation in it feigns in and out, but it is because of this that I was able to write my first novel, even if it is just self-published.

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What is NaNoWriMo?

For starters it stands for National Novel Writing Month. National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel.

Pretty simple and straight forward, right? Right.

I first participated in 2011. I heard about it randomly in an English class and decided I could write a novel. Yes, I thought I could write a Novel in November of 2011, while working and going to school full time. That was a smart idea. The result was, I failed.

My first Novel idea was called Rumble and I only got 17,739 words into it. I didn’t plan, prep, or outline to it. The premise of that idea was all teenagers from the ages of 16-18 is gifted with a bio-band. Every emotion they feel or experience they have is uploaded into this giant super computer in the sky and used to power something. That is it. I never got past that. I couldn’t establish a premise beyond that. Eh.

I was discouraged, big time! BIG TIME! I gave up on writing for fun for almost two years. Then November of 2013 I gave it my second attempt. Yeah, key word is attempt.

That novel was called Elemental Oddesy. It is the fantasy world in my head I often escaped to due to my upbringing. That is a post for another day. According to the NaNoWriMo site, I only got 1,000 words into it. It was hard to put it in writing. It has been an on-going saga of my life that has grew and evolved with me. I felt like I couldn’t do it justice, so it shall remain in my head until my confidence as a writer and a person grows.

November 2014 I attempted a novel and nothing came of it.

November of 2015 is when I hit my stride. I wrote my first full novel, going well beyond the recommended 50,000 with 79,000. I had it edited it, and self-published it under a pen name. I didn’t want to use my real name because at the time I was still pursuing my path as a psychological researcher and wanted my name only associated with the research, not the trash I wrote. (It isn’t really trash, but more “trash” if that makes sense.)

Now, November of 2019 I am trying my hands at writing again. I miss writing for fun, writing to relax, and just writing in general. Plus with winter coming here in Korea, is a good excuse to not go out and do stuff.

So if you get a chance, you should consider participating or donating since it is a non-profit organization and does a lot of amazing stuff.

Peace!

P.S. I know this is primary a travel blog, I haven’t had a chance to go out and travel. I will start again soon. Look forward to it!

BIG T’S TOP 5 GENERATION 7 (Alola) POKEMON

With the new Pokemon games coming out in roughly two months (November 15th, 2019), I decided to do a post of my favorite Pokemon from each generation. These are my personal bias so don’t get hurt if your favorite is not on here. Also don’t be mad that this is a rare top 5 list that doesn’t have the overrated Charizard.

Here it is, my final Top 5 Pokemon post (at least for now), and we reach the Alola region, otherwise known as generation 7. Honestly, I only played Pokemon Sun (and Ultra Sun) once. I didn’t have much fun playing. It was a lot of hand holding. However, a lot of waifus and husbandos came out of this game. Without further ado, let us begin.

#5: Magearna

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Magearna, an event Pokemon one can only get by QR code. If you don’t have it, here you go.

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Honestly, I never used it. I picked it up and automatically put it in my box. Heartless? Yes. So why is it on my list? Well, I just like the way it looks. It looks like my favorite villain from the Madoka Magica series, Walpurgisnacht. Pokemon even updated the nickname system to allow 12 characters. You bet your sweet ass I nicknamed it that. I mean, doesn’t it look like it, even just a little?

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My favorite Pokemon

#4: Mimikyu

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Yes, the knock-off Pikachu merchandise Pokemon. To be honest, I would have liked it (based on the sheer creepy factor alone) even without the hard push in marketing from Nintendo. The promotional video and song that went with it made the Pokemon seem lonely and copy Pikachu so trainers will want to catch and train it. For a ghost and fairy type, it isn’t bad, plus the free substitute in battle is great as well. Still, I kind of regret liking it since everyone else likes it too. I know, I am such a hipster.

#3: lyconroc 

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This (well these) good boy is my third pick. I really think it should be higher on my list. I like all three forms. You got a werewolf, a wolf, and a weird fusion of the two, each with their own unique battle styles. Although, I am not a fan of them being a rock type Pokemon.

Yes, I like them just because they are wolves. I am that kind of person. Don’t judge me. You chose to come to this website. What does this say about you? Huh? If I had to choose a Pokemon to make real and be my partner, I would choose one of these. Or in a twister way, I would chose one that is able to freely change between the forms. I am a monster.

#2: Type Null/Silvally

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Normally, I choose one member of the evolution line even if I like the whole evolution line. However, it was hard to choose between these two. I like Type Null (fun fact, during the reveal video I thought it was a coding error) since it looks like a monster with helmet. That is pretty hard core, even by my standards. It looks cool, plus it is an artificial Pokemon that severed its purpose and was cryogenically frozen. Tragic.

Then it evolves with friendship and all it really does is lose the helmet, and shows its true face (and becomes whiter). That is it. It is the most low-key change in all of Pokemon evolution history. Don’t agree with me? Fight me. Basically this Pokemon says “I like and trust you enough to show you my true face.” That really resonances with me. Plus it looks like another good boy puppy. How can I not like it?

#1: Incineroar

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Another fan favorite and Smash fighter. It is a wrestler, and a cat. If you don’t know wrestling, it is model after a “heel” fighter. Which is pretty cool in and of it self. It has a championship belt that is pure fire. I think it looks cool and it is a starter. I know my taste are predictable.


What do you think of my top 5 pick? Who are your favorite, non-Charizard Pokemon?

Peace!

P.S. I decided to get the Sword version of the new Pokemon games coming out.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!!!

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, too bad it isn’t big here in South Korea.

As a former cosplayer, I always loved dressing up in costumes, and it the societal day to dress up with little to no judgement (back when I cared what people thought of me).

As a kid, I loved trick or treating, getting free candy, and going to people’s garages for those cheesy haunted houses. It’s amazing I haven’t been kidnapped.

One of my favorite places to trick or treat was the nearby Air Force retirement village. Those old folks always gave out full size and long size can’t bars. I did however make the mistake of bragging about it so the next year the houses ran out by the time I got there. 😦

As a teen, young adult, and even now I love watching horror movies. Halloween is such a perfect day to marathon. It really helps sets the mood. It a shame I don’t have many friends that like scary movies as much as I do.

So from me to you, Happy Halloween.

Peace!

BIG T’S TOP 5 GENERATION 6 (Kalos) POKEMON

With the new Pokemon games coming out in roughly two months (November 15th, 2019), I decided to do a post of my favorite Pokemon from each generation. These are my personal bias so don’t get hurt if your favorite is not on here. Also don’t be mad that this is a rare top 5 list that doesn’t have the overrated Charizard.

The sixth generation of Pokemon is considered by many to be easy. However, I had a lot of fun playing with the friends I made in college. We battled, traded, hung out and played together, etc. It was the first time I got the full Pokemon experience (what they advertise) in my life. This generation also introduced the fairy type and the fun mega mechanic. So without further-ado, let’s start.

#5: Greninja

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Shut up. Just shut up. I know most of the fandom wet themselves over this Pokemon. Yes, I know that is an image that you didn’t need, by my analogy stands. It is so popular that it became a fighter in Super Smash, and even got a “mega/special” form for the seventh generation.

I like it because it is a cool looking frog ninja. Plus, it was the best out of all the starters in the sixth generation. It is a water dark with a cool move and a sweet-ass hidden ability that changes the Pokemon’s type depending on the moves it uses. Yes, just yes. So much yes.

#4: Hawlucha

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I normally don’t like flying types, considering my rocky relationship with birds in real life, but this one gets a place in my heart.

It is a luchador. Apparently I don’t type this word enough because auto-correct wants me to type Labrador. I know I am not fully in touch with my Hispanic roots but I do love lucha libres. Its shiny form is a complete opposite color like a luchador’s arch rival.

Continuing with the fighter theme, it gets a special signature move, THE FLYING PRESS!!! It is the only dual type move (flying and fighting) to ever exist. The animation is kind of cool as well. Maybe I am the only one who was super excited about it. Don’t judge me.

#3: Agieslash

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Yes. I love the sword Pokemon. It is a sword with a shield. I love it when inanimate objects get possessed by spirits, or curses, etc. How can you not like it? Look it in the eye and tell it you do not like it.

#2: Meowstic

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A fashionable, psychic kitty. I do like the male version a little better than the female version. Sure, in the duo the female is the attacker and the male is the support and buffer. Maybe that why I was so drawn to it, aside from how it looks and coloring. In most games I play, I tend to play a supporting role. If Pokemon, other than Porygon, were real, I would like one of these. I hope that it isn’t a one off appearance.

#1: Tyrantrum

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It is a T-rex. I love dinosaurs. It is a rock and dragon type. Normally when you get a fossil Pokemon, you get a generic NBD Pokemon. Imagine my surprise when I got an actual dinosaur. I didn’t think it would take six generations of Pokemon to get an actual dinosaur from a fossil.


What do you think of my top 5 pick? Who are your favorite, non-Charizard Pokemon?

Look forward to next week where I post my Top 5 generation 5 Pokemon.

Peace!

P.S. I actually don’t know if I will get the new games for the Switch or not yet. Probably I will.

BIG T’S TOP 5 GENERATION 5 (UNOVA) POKEMON

With the new Pokemon games coming out in roughly two months (November 15th, 2019), I decided to do a post of my favorite Pokemon from each generation. These are my personal bias so don’t get hurt if your favorite is not on here. Also don’t be mad that this is a rare top 5 list that doesn’t have the overrated Charizard.

Now we come to the much loved (or hated) Unova (or Isshu in Japan) region. This region is based on New York city in the United States. It is the first generation of Pokemon to not take place in Japan. It is across the world (Pokemon World) so all the Pokemon are new and different from the ones we have seen before. It was hard to pick only five for this list.

As much as I like this generation, I do not like how the changed the experience system. You see, the bigger difference in level between your Pokemon and the opposing Pokemon, the less experience you get. It made it hard to level up your Pokemon and you really had to grind. Doesn’t help that a lot of Pokemon have late game evolutions.  So yeah…. let’s begin.

#5: Zorua/Zoroark

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A cool looking Pokemon that is an event Pokemon. It’s illusion ability allows it to look like a different Pokemon in your party. It is good for tricking your friends, and the AI, into thinking it is a different Pokemon. Additionally, the shiny is blue in all the red parts. It looks really, really cool. It was fun to have in the party, but was a pain to transfer the Pokemon I needed in order to trigger the event.

#4: Ferrothorn

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A plant. A steal cactus. What else do I need to say? Really? It has high defense and its ability allows it to damage those that physically attack it. It was hard to find at first, but if you get the base, it is a worth while investment.

#3: Chandelure

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First thing I should tell you, is that this Pokemon needs a stone to reach its final evolution. This is something I had to discover for myself, no one told me, so I am telling you. Without the Dusk Stone, it stays as the lamp.

So this a a cool looking ghost fire chandelier. It is fun to use. Burn your opponent, then hex them to do double the damage. I normally don’t use ghost types, but it is so adorable. I mean how can you not like it. Another fun thing about this Pokemon, it is a fighter in the Pokemon Tekken fighting game. Yes, a light fixture is in a fighting game. What are you doing with your life? That’s what I thought.

#2: Zekrom 

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Yes, I am including a legendary on my list. I think it is the first time I have one on any list.  First of all, it looks cool. It is a black and blue Pokemon. Can you tell it is an electric dragon? It is the reason why I chose to play Pokemon White.

#1: Volcarona

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A bug fire type Pokemon, that sounds like the “my Sharona” song. At some point you will associate the two. You get this Pokemon as an egg. it hatches into a larva. A freaking larva that doesn’t evolve until level 59. LEVEL 59!!! That is over half the Pokemon levels. It is a worthwhile investment that eventually pays off. It is my all time favorite Pokemon right now. it is so cute and adorable. I am looking for a plush of it.


What do you think of my top 5 pick? Who are your favorite, non-Charizard Pokemon?

Look forward to next week where I post my Top 5 generation 5 Pokemon.

Peace!

P.S. I actually don’t know if I will get the new games for the Switch or not yet. Probably I will.

BIG T’S TOP 5 GENERATION 4 (SINNOH) POKEMON

With the new Pokemon games coming out in roughly two months (November 15th, 2019), I decided to do a post of my favorite Pokemon from each generation. These are my personal bias so don’t get hurt if your favorite is not on here. Also don’t be mad that this is a rare top 5 list that doesn’t have the overrated Charizard.

Another controversial opinion I have, aside from my Charizard thoughts, is that Generation is my least favorite when it comes to Pokemon. Sure some of them look cool, but the game itself was slow, had a big lack of fire types, and rarely any of them caught my eye for my first play through. I do have some a soft spot for Diamond, Pearl and Platinum since they were the last games my mom bought me before passing, but that doesn’t help much. Hell, I only had five Pokemon when I went to the Elite 4.

Also note, I won’t be writing a lot. There isn’t much for me to say for this generation.

Anyways here are my favorites and my party:

#5: Luario

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My number 5 pick, but my new Smash Brothers main since Brawl. He is only so low since you get him late in the game, as an egg. He is a steel fighting type that gets a cool mega is Generation 6. His evolution is based on friendship so it was rewarding. However, he spent so long in his base form since I only played after school and homework and he doesn’t evolve at night. Whoops.

#4: Staraptor

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Staraptor, a fighting bird. Yes, this bird is a fighting type. It is black, has “bangs” that covers one of its eyes, a color streak in its hair, and it is black. It is everything emo me wanted in a Pokemon. It is hard core and edgy, just to my taste. I would be lying if I said I out grew my emo phase. I still like black and dark colors. Which brings me to my next Pokemon.

#3: Luxray

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Another cool looking Pokemon that is primarily black in color. This time it is an electric lion. Surprisingly, you can catch the base form on the early route. It was an ace in a lot of my battles, not my main battler but a top contender.

#2: Torterra

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Yes, my starter (cause the monkey looked stupid and the penguin lost the coin toss) is on the list. What a surprise right? Well, it shouldn’t be. It is a land turtle power house. Grass and ground, yes please. I mean it can destroy many Pokemon with an earthquake and then heal itself. It is self-sustaining. This was my main battler for the first half of the game. It could do everything I needed it to do, and look cool while it was doing it.

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Plus, it was in the movie Detective Pikachu. It was huge and practically an island, that made me so happy. as a kid I always imagined having my own tree house on this Pokemon, and the movie made them big enough to do so. It does have a bit on an ugly face in the movie, but that is fine.

#1: Garchomp 

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Yes, Garchomp is my number one pick. It looks cool, its purple (and doesn’t become black 😦 in its shiny form), and reminds me of one of my favorite childhood cartoons, Street Sharks. I randomly found the base form in a cave under the bike path/cycling road. Seriously, it was my first encounter. I decided to keep it because it was a dragon and they are usually powerful, and then I come across its final form. It so cool, the champion of the region has one too. It also gets a mega form in the sixth generation, which has a nice gothic look to it as well.


What do you think of my top 5 pick? Who are your favorite, non-Charizard Pokemon?

Look forward to next week where I post my Top 5 generation 5 Pokemon.

Peace!

P.S. I actually don’t know if I will get the new games for the Switch or not yet. Probably I will.