178: Not Really Into Pokemon

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Not Really Into Pokemon
As of this writing, Ubuntu 6.10 and Firefox 2.0 have left my computer a complete mess.
Title text: As of this writing, Ubuntu 6.10 and Firefox 2.0 have left my computer a complete mess.


Pokémon is a widely popular animated television show, collectible card game and videogame series that involves a young trainer going out to explore the world to catch Pokémon, creatures of wild variety (ranging from armoured dinosaurs that have drills for horns to robotic bugs that change elements depending on the items that they are holding). When the trainer comes across wild pokémon or other trainers, he/she has to use their Pokémon to fight the other.

The Pokémon universe contains over 600 different types of pokémon, and new ones are being added all the time (much like new releases of computer software). Also, the names can sound very strange or silly to someone not familiar with them. In this comic, Black Hat is dismissing Ubuntu, an open-source computer operating system, as a Pokémon because it has a strange/silly name.

The title text refers to the complications that new software releases can have on computers, especially if either the release is a(n) alpha/beta release or if the computer is rather old. After all, said title text does paint a picture of 2 computer programs physically fighting each other inside the computer and making a mess in the process.


Text: I have found the perfect phrase for condescendingly dismissing anything:
Cueball: Have you seen the new Ubuntu release?
Black Hat: Nah, I'm not really into Pokémon.

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The title text is probably more specifically an allusion to Missingno and other glitch Pokemon in Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue. Capturing them would make the text in the Hall of Fame render improperly. 03:05, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

On the other hand, it could be entirely literal and based on events of the time. -Pennpenn 03:30, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
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