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May1
Praise Helix! - Christian Narrative in Twitch Plays: Pokémon
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With Twitch Plays Pokémon having been featured in the recent Catch a Million to Conquer Kids’ Cancer charity event in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation, we thought now might be a good time to share some recent research relating to the Twitch Plays Pokémon phenomenon. Our latest featured article for this series comes from Jenny Saucerman & Dennis Ramirez, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Both authors completed their PhDs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on digital media. Jenny Saucerman's work primarily focuses on gender and STEM, gender and gaming, and Pokémon. She was one of the winners of Xbox’s Women in Gaming Award at the 2015 Game Developers’ Conference. Dennis Ramirez research has focused on evaluation of educational games. He has over a decade of experience making games professionally and independently, working with groups including OLPC, NIH, NSF, and the DoD.

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Apr19
Twitch (still) plays Pokémon: When spectators become archivists
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With Twitch Plays Pokémon slated to feature in the upcoming Catch a Million to Conquer Kids’ Cancer charity event in support of St. Baldrick's Foundation, we thought now might be a good time to share some recent research relating to the Twitch Plays Pokémon phenomenon. This article article from our Open Access series comes from Argyrios "Aris" Emmanouloudis, who completed his PhD on online communities and video game fandom at the University of Amsterdam, and until recently was the Games Programme Coordinator at SAE Institute Amsterdam. This short paper, which presents a case study on the Twitch Plays Pokémon community, was originally presented at FanLIS 2021, an interdisciplinary academic conference which brings together researchers from fandom, fan studies, and library and information science.

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Apr6
St. Baldrick’s Foundation challenges Twitch streamers to catch a million Pokémon to support childhood cancer research
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Between April 24th to May 1st, a collective of Pokémon Twitch streamers are hoping to raise $100,000 by collectively catching 1 million Pokémon. The Catch a Million to Conquer Kids’ Cancer marathon is being held in support of St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organisation that is commited to funding childhood cancer research worldwide. Any and all streamers, big or small, with any appreciation whatsoever for Pokémon, are invited to participate in the Catch a Million event. Viewers will also be able to participate directly in a special Twitch Plays race.

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Mar1
Pokéthon launches a new charity campaign today in Pokéthon Responds - First campaign supporting The Equality Texas Foundation to run through March
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The team from Pokéthon, whose livestreamed Pokémon marathons have been raising money for a variety of worthy causes since 2013, announced earlier today that they were launching a new type of community campaign, Pokéthon Responds. Whereas their usual charity activities are compressed into marathons lasting only a few days, Pokéthon Responds is intended as a longer month-long event which can offer a rapid response to pressing issues impacting on the wider community. The first Pokéthon Responds, launching today, will be in assistance of The Equality Texas Foundation, an organisation that works to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Texans through education, community organizing, and collaboration. This campaign will run through until March 31st, the International Transgender Day of Visibility.

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Jan24
Looking for a way to contribute to the Pokémon fan community? Applications for volunteer positions with Bulbagarden are open until February 11th
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Do you love Pokémon? Have you ever wanted to directly contribute to Bulbagarden and the greater Pokémon community? Bulbagarden is looking for volunteers for positions with the Bulbagarden Forums, Bulbapedia, Bulbanews, and the Bulbagarden Discord server.

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Jan11
Winners announced for Bulbagarden's 2021 Holiday Contests
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Over December, Bulbagarden continued its annual tradition of holiday season contests. For 2021, we ran a collection of four separate contests, with more than $2000 USD of prizes on offer. The competition for prizes this year was particularly strong, with most contests seeing about double the number of entries that we saw in 2020.

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Dec12
Pokémon Games for Switch and Nintendo Switch OLED consoles are up for grabs in Bulbagarden's 2021 Holiday Contests
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The holiday season is once again upon us, so ìt's past time that we here at Bulbagarden got the ball rolling with our annual Holiday Contests!

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Dec8
Bulbacast: Episode 27 - Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Reaction
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Maniacal Engineer hosts a riveting discussion on Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl with Archaic, celadonk, Fitzy, Rhodehawk, TheCapsFan, and WyndonCalling.

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Dec2
Sentosa in Singapore to hold a range of Eevee Adventure contests and events through to late February 2022
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Sentosa Island in Singapore will be paying host to a special Eevee Adventure event from December 9th, 2021, through to February 20th, 2022, with a range of events and competitions for people to enjoy that all feature the Evolution Pokémon Eevee.

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Nov17
Winners of the Pokémon Presents Super Pet Contest announced
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Entries are in and the results are out. The Pokémon Company International has announced the winners of the Pokémon Presents Super Pet Contest in an exciting Winners’ Ceremony, hosted by Pikachu and the celebrity judge, the legendary Trainer Michelle Visage.

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Nov16
TheSpeedGamers Gen 4 & More Pokémon Charity Marathon begins December 17, raising money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
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This December, TheSpeedGamers, a group of video game enthusiasts who play for marathon hours to raise money for charities, will be hosting their latest Pokémon Charity Marathon to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The marathon will be streamed live on TheSpeedGamers Twitch Channel at http://twitch.tv/thespeedgamers from Friday December 17 at 6pm US Central Time.

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Oct20
Super Contests come to real life with the Pokémon Presents Super Pet Contest
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The Pokémon Company International today dropped a surprise announcement about the launch of the Pokémon Presents Super Pet Contest. From now until November 9, 2021, at 12:01am PST, Pokémon fans from across North America, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand will be able to enter photos of their real world pets to give their furry (or not so furry) partners a chance to shine in the spotlight.

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Oct18
New Pikachu and Eevee themed Pokéfloat revealed for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
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The Pokémon 25th anniversary logo was revealed during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2020. So it's only appropriate that this year's Macy's Parade would include the introduction of a brand new Pokémon balloon.

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Sep2
Pokéthon 2021 commences September 3rd, raising money for Direct Relief
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Beginning this Friday September 3rd at 12:00 noon US Eastern Daylight Time, a team of more than 24 Pokémon Community Content Creators will be banding together in the forth annual Pokéthon charity streaming event, raising money for Direct Relief's Fund for Health Equity.

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Sep2
Pokémon GO task force reports back - 80 meter interaction radius here to stay, Niantic pledges better communication with community going forward
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Steve Wang, Executive Producer of Pokémon GO and Niantic, has released a statement on behalf of the Pokémon GO team regarding the measures taken for players of Pokémon GO for the COVID-19 pandemic, following backlash from players and the community on the removal of certain bonuses to encourage outside play.

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Aug6
Yes TiMi, Gay Rights
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In a day where Niantic has managed to anger and frustrate a significant and vocal portion of the Pokémon GO player base, they can at least be thankful that they weren't the only company thinking now was the appropriate time to go "hold my beer" with a poorly considered statement. Showing a shocking lack of awareness of internet memes for a social media manager, not to mention common sense and empathy, the official Twitter account of Pokémon UNITE developers TiMi Studios earlier today apparently decided that, instead of giving the simple and obvious response to a request to say "gay rights", that they'd instead like to turn themselves into even more of a public pariah than the monitization model of Pokémon UNITE already had.

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Aug6
Niantic issues response to #HearUsNiantic campaign, promising to reach out to community leaders
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Niantic, the developers of Pokémon GO, today released a statement acknowledging and responding to community feedback regarding the reversal of increases to the maximum interaction distance that were made back in November 2020.

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Jul22
Vaporeon appointed as official ambassador for Water Day in Japan
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Pokémon characters have been used as mascots for a variety of campaigns in Japan for many years, perhaps most frequently in relation to regional tourism. This time, it's Vaporeon's turn to join the cast of Pokémon mascots, after they were named the official ambassador for Water Day by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

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May8
Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley, award winning Social Marketing Manager for TPCi, leaves the company after 4 years
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In an emotional thread posted to Twitter earlier today, Chaka Cumberbatch-Tinsley, social media manager, Rowlet fan, rollerskater, and cosplayer extraordinaire, announced that she would be leaving Pokémon after roughly 4 years and 3 months with the company.

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Mar23
Bulbacast: Episode 25 - Pokémon Day Reactions
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glik discusses the recent Pokemon Day announcements and reveals with TheCapsFan, Fitzy, WyndonCalling, and Rhodehawk.

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