Saturday - June 18th, 2011 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Kevin Garrett

PokeBeach is hosting its first official competitive Black and White tournament! Registration is open with the posting of this story. Don’t miss out on all of the fun that will be had in this competition! All you have to do is familiar yourself with the rules and register in this forum thread.

PokeBeach Master Cup
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Saturday - May 28th, 2011 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The second official PokeBeach Redshark tournament starts this week and will be held on the forums. It will be split into two age groups: members 12 and under and members 13 and up. For the full tournament rules and to sign-up, please read this forum thread. You will obviously need to create a forum account if you do not have one yet. Registration ends Wednesday night at 11:59 PM PST, so sign up ASAP!

PokeBeach Redshark Tournament
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Thursday - May 5th, 2011 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Redshark 4.00 for the Black & White set is now available! Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. Unlike the official Pokemon TCG program, you can use every single English card right away. You can download the installer for your operating system by clicking one of the links below; make sure to uninstall any previous versions of Redshark before attempting to install the new version!

[Windows | Macintosh]

Updates in 4.00

  • Trainer Menu – Added Great Ball, Legend Box, Prof. Juniper, and Research Record
  • Deck Builder – Added “HGSS On” to the series filter
  • Tweaked layout of Trainer cards on playmat
  • TempStack listbox auto-expands/contracts so cards can be easily viewed without scrolling
  • Incorporated “Item” and “Ability” terminology
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Tuesday - March 1st, 2011 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

A bug fix for the Call of Legends Redshark has been released addressing problems related to the Card List Window and Deck Builder. You can download the updated installers by clicking one of the links below; make sure to uninstall any previous versions of Redshark before attempting to install the new one. The creator of Redshark thanks all those who have been reporting bugs and invites you to do so when you find them!

For those of you who do not know by now, Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. It is the only fan-made program created specifically for the Pokemon TCG.

[Windows | Macintosh]

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Saturday - February 26th, 2011 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Shakespeare has scanned all of his Call of Legends cards; click the thumbnails below for larger images. Sorry for getting these up so late! Barely anyone sent in scans after the prereleases, and since Shakespeare’s cards would be arriving only a week or so later, we decided to just wait for his. But because of the recent snow storms, his cards arrived late, and by then it would have been a waste of time to request for people to scan their cards when his would be coming soon anyways. So that’s why we didn’t get up all the prerelease scans and why these are being posted late. Fair warning, though – I’m not going to go out of my way to edit the prerelease scans anymore if people do not help out and send theirs in.

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Saturday - February 26th, 2011 @ 3 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Our last Blaine’s Quiz asked, “The following Pokemon, excluding one, are in a very specific order. Which one is out of place?” The order of the Pokemon comes from the Johto PokeRap. Out of the quiz options, Skiploom was the only Pokemon out of order – it’s the very last Pokemon in the PokeRap. That’s the most attention poor Skiploom will ever get; talk about a dramatic rendition – “SkippppLoooooommm!” This was a question you either knew immediately or would not know if your life depended on it. :p

  • Feraligatr (44.0%, 9,244 Votes)
  • Shuckle (12.0%, 2,505 Votes)
  • Misdreavus (9.0%, 1,861 Votes)
  • Skiploom (8.0%, 1,726 Votes)
  • Chinchou (8.0%, 1,722 Votes)
  • Togetic (8.0%, 1,643 Votes)
  • Xatu (6.0%, 1,207 Votes)
  • Quagsire (4.0%, 871 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 20,785
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Tuesday - February 15th, 2011 @ 12 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The Call of Legends Redshark release is now available for download! Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. It is the only fan-made program created specifically for the Pokemon TCG. You can download your installer by clicking one of the links below; make sure to uninstall any previous versions of Redshark before attempting to install the new one!

[Windows | Macintosh]

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Thursday - November 18th, 2010 @ 4 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

The answer to the last Blaine’s Quiz is the Brain Pokemon, Rigray – a Pokemon that clearly resembles an alien. The evidence for this comes from its Pokemon White PokeDex entry, which states, “It suddenly happened, 50 years ago, across the desert. No one has seen this Pokemon since then.” In real life, the famous Roswell UFO incident occurred in a New Mexico desert in 1947, which was 63 years ago, and the aliens from that incident apparently disappeared like Rigray. Since Isshu is based on America and there are many American-inspired Pokemon in this generation, this lends further credence to the comparison. Deoxys was the number one answer for the quiz, but Deoxys’ story sounds nothing like the incident: a virus was exposed to a laser beam in space, mutated into Deoxys, and then crash-landed on Earth in a meteorite.

A new Blaine’s Quiz is up – try it out! We’ve had a hard time coming up with interesting questions, which is why they are not posted as often anymore. If you have any suggestions for a quiz question, feel free to post it on our forums. The idea for this week’s question is from Alvin and the Minezumis.

Which of the following Pokemon is a reference to a certain event that took place in New Mexico?

Rigray

  • Deoxys (32.0%, 5,133 Votes)
  • Rigray (17.0%, 2,781 Votes)
  • Genosect (14.0%, 2,311 Votes)
  • Wargle (10.0%, 1,593 Votes)
  • Terrakion (9.0%, 1,484 Votes)
  • Regirock (9.0%, 1,483 Votes)
  • Hippowdon (9.0%, 1,433 Votes)

Total Voters: 16,221

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Wednesday - November 17th, 2010 @ 1 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

After a bit of a delay due to some Weedles, the HS – Triumphant version of Redshark is now available for download! Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. It is the only fan-made program created specifically for the Pokemon TCG. You can download your installer by clicking one of the links below. Make sure to uninstall any previous versions of Redshark before attempting to install the new one!

[Windows | Macintosh]

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Friday - October 8th, 2010 @ 5 PM PST -  By: Kevin Garrett

Update: We have more than enough now. Congratulations and good luck if you got in!

The greatest video game tournament to ever be held on PokéBeach is finally here! It has been speculated about within the community for almost a year now. Registration for the PokéBeach Master Cup is open with the posting of this message. Don’t miss out on all of the fun that will be had in this competition. Devoted players have played through a series of four circuit tournaments to be ranked for the main tournament. If you didn’t play in them, it’s no problem – there is still time to join! All you have to do is familiar yourself with the rules and register in this forum thread.

Note: In order to participate in the PokéBeach Master Cup, you must have access to Shoddy Battle. If you don’t currently have it, go to our Shoddy Battle page to download it and find information about our server.

PokeBeach Master Cup
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Monday - October 4th, 2010 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I’m getting ready to apply to UCLA for film grad school so my time is a little limited. There really isn’t much Pokemon news in the wake of Black and White anyway so it’s the perfect time to go off and do things! ;)

Beta Latias and Blaziken Combo

Last… time’s Blaine’s Quiz asked about early Pokemon designs. The answer is quite interesting, as you can see to the right. Of course, the “Pokemon” you see was obviously split into Blaziken and Latias. I wonder if any other Pokemon were ever originally a single entity or even split into two? We know many Pokemon originally looked different: Torchic originally had floppy ears.

In terms of early Pokemon designs, which of the following was originally a single Pokemon but was later split into the Pokemon they are today?

  • Lunatone and Solrock (29.0%, 13,458 Votes)
  • Uxie, Mesprit, Azelf (23.0%, 10,543 Votes)
  • Blaziken and Latias (21.0%, 9,613 Votes)
  • Flygon and Salamence (12.0%, 5,624 Votes)
  • Heracross and Gligar (6.0%, 2,713 Votes)
  • Vulpix and Ponyta (6.0%, 2,649 Votes)
  • Scizor and Ampharos (3.0%, 1,300 Votes)

Total Voters: 45,904

This poll was first posted a year ago today and removed in July. Totally pathetic, but it’s so hard to come up with good quiz questions! The correct answer was Family Guy. If I waited any longer they might have done a Pokemon spoof, but alas, still nothing. Come on Seth!

Which of the following has NOT parodied or referenced Pokemon?

  • Heroes (NBC) (42.0%, 19,883 Votes)
  • Family Guy (Fox) (13.0%, 6,388 Votes)
  • Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS) (13.0%, 6,331 Votes)
  • Malcolm in the Middle (Fox) (12.0%, 5,558 Votes)
  • Milk Chan (Adult Swim) (10.0%, 4,836 Votes)
  • The Simpsons (Fox) (6.0%, 2,719 Votes)
  • Robot Chicken (Adult Swim) (4.0%, 2,082 Votes)

Total Voters: 47,797

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Tuesday - September 21st, 2010 @ 10 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

I would like to address the various game blogs that have reported on this whole PokeBeach / Nintendo situation. At first supporting us, many of these blogs have recently updated their news stories to state that we posted images from roms of the games, which, according to their theorizing, is why Nintendo reacted so strongly to our news coverage. This is absolutely not true, and a number of these blogs have not responded to our e-mail requests to correct this information or have completely misinterpreted our comments. Furthermore, most of these blogs have never even spoken with us, relying rather unprofessionally on their website’s user comments, posts from even more uninformed forum users, and news stories posted on other misinformed blogs. So let me give it to you straight: at no time were images from roms posted on this website. All in-game photos from this news story and this news story (both posted Thursday), as stated in their opening paragraphs, came from 2ch’s Japanese players who had legitimate copies of the games. These were the posts that the Nintendo lawyer targeted for image eradication over the phone. If you look at this front page, no images we have posted over this past week were scanned or photographed by us. We merely collected photos from across the Internet and posted them, as did many other fan websites. The lawyer specifically told us over the phone that Nintendo did not want these photo collections to be posted on larger Pokemon websites and seen by fans – and still does not want us to have any images of the games up – despite the release of the games. This is the egregious heart of the issue.

As with any major situation, scandal, or UFO sighting, there is always something “fishy” that people will pick out and explode into something that is nothing (human nature). It seems in attempting to understand why Nintendo would issue what appeared to be such an unreasonable cease and desist, many fans looked to our limited rom use as the source of their ridiculous actions. To go over this past week, an unstable rom of the game was released Friday afternoon (Saturday in Japan) after many Japanese and foreigners had already received their games in the mail and after the aforementioned photos had already been posted. For convenience, and because our physical copies had not yet arrived, we played the rom for a while to report on the game’s storyline. However, the developers made it so that Pokemon would not level-up if the game was played as a rom, so we didn’t even get 15 minutes into the story. One of us received our Pokemon White in the mail almost immediately after and we caught up and continued our coverage with the real copy, using webcams and Skype to watch, describe, translate, and post the contents of this news story as a team. Again, no images from a rom were ever posted. Furthermore, and most importantly, the Nintendo lawyer never mentioned, insinuated, or discussed the reason for their demands as related to rom use even though the news story posted on that day, which he reviewed over the phone, stated “We just received copies of Pokemon Black and White (the roms, that is – our real copies are still being shipped).” His only concern was for our images – he stated this multiple times. To further prove this, two other sites that were targeted by Nintendo never even said a word about using a rom, so this obviously was not the reason for these cease and desist orders, not to mention that his original letter specifically targeted the images. Bottom line: this whole rom stuff has nothing to do with anything that has happened. It was always about the images. The cease and desist order was probably a few days in the making as well, especially since the lawyer stated he was working on this issue with the Nintendo folks in Washington and their brothers back in Japan.

And as for the people saying this is all fake, please stop. You don’t know everything we know. You haven’t seen the documents we’ve seen. You haven’t talked to the lawyer we have. You don’t have the capacity to look into anything – you don’t even have the lawyer’s name or other information we’ve been sent. You don’t have the right to claim this is fake when you don’t have access to the most basic information. The lawyer is real and so is the cease and desist order – we have confirmed it through various indisputable means as I have said until I’m blue in the face on various message boards. So please accept it and stop derailing the issue with “lol its fake grammer errors.”

After I replaced all of our Black and White images with Ditto and made fun of Nintendo’s ridiculous actions toward myself and other fan websites by using the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld, the lawyer sent me this:

…We note that you have removed the infringing content from your website so that it is no longer publicly accessible. We have accordingly contacted your domain registrar to rescind the copyright takedown notice issued earlier this weekend. [WPM Note: This made my blood boil. They actually were going to take away my .com over images of games that so many people already had in their hands? Guess we would have to register Pokerbeach.com.)

This matter accordingly appears to be concluded, provided that you refrain from posting any content that infringes Nintendo’s copyright and otherwise avoid violating Nintendo’s intellectual property rights. [Yeah that’s not conveniently ambiguous.] We trust that, going forward, you will post only authorized images from Nintendo’s games, follow the applicable guidelines governing the use of such images, and otherwise limit your use of Nintendo’s copyrighted material to fair use. The volume of unauthorized material posted on your site previously far exceeded the limits of fair use, which necessitated this action. [Guess you didn’t see our HGSS coverage. :D]

We appreciate your responsiveness in addressing this serious legal matter. This letter is without prejudice to any and all rights or remedies available to Nintendo of America Inc., its parent or affiliated companies, all of which are expressly reserved. [I wuv you too Mr. Lawyer.]

So it seems this really is just about them being paranoid about Black and White images being posted for the general public to see (as the lawyer stated in our phone conversation and as his original e-mail stated). They probably do not want the games to be spoiled, but I guess they don’t realize that you can’t keep us from knowing about new games in this day and age (after all, what’s known in Japan is known here almost instantly). This is the new age – an age of networking, information spread, and instant access. You can’t force us to avoid spoilers when there’s this little thing called the Internet that connects us all together, especially when there’s such a huge gap between the release of the games in Japan and their release worldwide. Maybe you could try to do a simultaneous release… did you ever think of that, Nintendo? Once the games are released in Japan EVERYONE knows EVERYTHING about them EVERYWHERE anyway. Why not try to do a simultaneous release? People like Bangiras have the skills to translate the whole game in a day or two. Why can’t you?

While Nintendo apparently thinks it can stop people from being spoiled, we obviously have to comply with them (for now). Since the same content we posted is still available on a multitude of fan sites, I wanted to know why we can’t post such content too. So are we not allowed to post images of the Pokemon anymore? Did this cease and desist only apply to the actual images we posted this past week? Are we allowed to post Pokemon sprites like so many other fan sites? I e-mailed him back and asked, “… Also, when will I be able to post Pokemon sprites? All other Pokemon websites have them up. I don’t think it’s fair that myself and the other sites you targeted won’t be able to post them now.”

With regard to your below questions, be advised that Nintendo respects the right of others to make fair use of publicly-available copyrighted materials as permitted by law. However, the use of Nintendo’s unpublished copyrighted materials or other proprietary information that Nintendo has not authorized for public release is not permitted, which necessitated the actions over the weekend to protect the company’s intellectual property rights. I trust this sufficiently addresses your concerns.

Wha? Stop using lawyer speak on me! Does that mean I can or can’t post them?

I’ve outlined Nintendo’s position and provided guidance as to what is, and is not, acceptable to Nintendo. Beyond that, I cannot provide you with legal advice.

Like heck you outlined anything! So I guess I can decide whether or not I can post the sprites? And then you can send me a threatening letter if I’m wrong since you won’t answer such a basic question? Doesn’t sound like you’re saying no… So is that a yes? Too much ambiguity for me. I’m trying to figure out what I’ve done wrong / why / how to avoid it in the future and this guy sure isn’t helping! Does he even really know what’s going on?

Honestly, this entire situation has left me deeply, deeply disappointed and angry with Nintendo. I didn’t know that when Junichi Masuda signed my laptop last year that I would be dealing with this now. This is NOT how you treat your dedicated fans. Why don’t you people go after the companies that are mass-producing fake cards (that I get e-mails about like… every day) or the websites that let you download roms? I mean don’t you have anything better to do, Nintendo? I’ve dedicated myself to the Pokemon fandom for seven years and this is what I get from you people? I’ve never asked for anything in return and I don’t expect anything in return, but I never thought I would get attacked by you for promoting your own games. Do you honestly think that any of your fan sites have caused you “substantial damage?” That would be PRETTY hard to prove in court. If anything they’re the people helping keep your franchise successful – that’s just logical. And I doubt anyone would argue against that. Or is that what you’re telling us, Nintendo?

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Tuesday - September 7th, 2010 @ 9 PM PST -  By: Water Pokémon Master

Redshark 3.71 is now available for both Windows and Mac users. If you downloaded 3.70 for Windows, this new release contains a few minor improvements. Redshark allows you to practice the Pokemon TCG on your computer and against friends online. It is the only fan-made program created specifically for the Pokemon TCG. You can download your installer by clicking one of the links below; make sure to uninstall any previous versions of Redshark before attempting to install the new one!

Once you download Redshark, you should check out our TCG Activities forum to participate in user tournaments. You can also go into our new Battle Chat Room to find someone to battle now.

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