This is a special post because yesturday was my birthday. And I think I might have over-celebrated the god of wine last night…
Hangovers asside, let’s focus on torday’s HKO main atraction, the pet system.
*rolls over laughing*
No, seriously, this is the worst pet system I have ever seen in an MMO. Let me put this clearly: pets in HKO don’t do anything. Well, that’s not entirely true now, is it? They follow you around like some sort of molester and sprouts emotes every five second, obscuring your vision to the exactly the precise part of the screen your clicking on so that you don’t remember if you’re shopping for some sticks, banging on an enemy or just picking an emote’s nose. As for what really does a pet do in the game, that’s it. It follows you around and acts cute. Really, do we need this? Isn’t tehre enough weird things look around in this game (like the unique arquitecture in which all hese flurry Sanrio creations live in), you had to add an add-on that constantly follows you around and remins you of how pretty the world is and how you should be nice to debilitated children and always share and wash your hands after going to the toilet?!?! Give me a break!!!
I heard from your commentors ever since I told you I won two pet cards at the GM event about how great you all though pets were. So I equiped my first pet and then asked, “Now what?” . After noticing no formidable reaction (like the game suddenly turning black and white), I went to HKO wiki (*choir in the background*) and it says that pets give you stat bonuses. Oh really? Ok, so I unequipped my pet and took a look at my most important stat, the HP. Guess what? My pet adds a whole 7 points extra to my HP!!! WOW! Now I don’t need to worry about dying in the field! Oh wait, yes I do, because pets DON’T FIGHT!!!!
Are you kidding me?!?!? The one thing I might actually like help with, since the resorces you need to get from monsters are always the toughest t get, and the pet doesn’t move a muscle???? And it even has the nerve of saying thinsg like “Never fear, super pet is here!!!” For Pochacco’s sake!!!
Now, if you’re like me and have little patience ofr things that have to purpose i a game, you would simply let the little creature be and concentrate on finnishing quests. But no, the thing has the BALLS of asking for food AND care EVERY TWO MINUTES!!!!!! And trust me, after spending about an hour farming resorces and decide to take a break is the only time you’ll notice that your pet is on the brink of starvation. ALso, yes you have to buy pet food. At least at my level, but I doubt you can actually make pet food yourself in the game at all…
Hold on, I think I got it. The programmers of HKO online based their entire pet system on one simgle pet: fish. I never understood fish; how can that qualify as a pet?!? Fish don’t DO anything! They’re more of a decoration, that you have to feed and maintain, but that’s it! It’s not a pet, you can’t love a fish. You can’t care and it doesn’t show you emotions. In fact, fish might be the most selfish little creatures in your house, because all they really care is that they get one meal a day and their tank is cleaned. Exactly like HKO pets- they don’t care if you’re on the brink of having your HP drop to 0, they just ant a cookie and a huggle and then you can go take a walk!!!!
Having said all of this, I see way of enjoying the pet system at all in this game. SO I made up my own. As with preatty much any game tat lets me rename stuff, I often abuse the system and this time is no exception. So once I discoveredthat you could rename your pets anything you like, I thought about the one thing that hadf furry little creatures in it and was tons of fun. POKEMON! And by that, I mean the 150 (+1) pokemon, whish is tosay, THE ONLY POKEMON THERE IS!!!! Yes, I belong to the first Poke-generation and I’m horribly pround of it!!! To me, tehre are 150 (+1) pokemon and no more. Seriously, when the thing came around parents were stunned, STUNNED, that their little 6-year-olds could memorize the name, looks and even attacks of 150 diffenrent creatures. And parents got intothe grove too; heck, my on will sing out loud the pokemon opening in anime conventions (because she rocks).
So, I’m asking everyone that reads the blog to join in on the movement: get your pets out and look at them. Rename then to the pokemon that looks the most like your pet! Currently, I have a Starmie, a Beedrill and a Jigglypuff. And I’m out to get’em all!!!
Gotta card’em all!!! Pokepets!!!!