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Posted by Xavier (#4) on 16 May 2012, 4:50 PM EDT in Pokemon News
So a bit of time has passed since the introduction of Pokemon Black and White 2. PokeBeach recently posted on their website that the introduction of the Tornadus' Sacred Beast form (depicted at right)

Courtesy of PokeBeach
Landorus and Thundurus also have their Sacred Beast forms, which are attainable through unknown means.

Secondly, Cheren will replace Lenora as the Normal-type Gym Leader. Meanwhile, Bianca will replace the traditional role of a Pokemon Professor as the giver of your first Pokemon. She states that she is giving you your Pokemon "on behalf of Professor Juniper" suggesting that she has sought a career in Pokemon professorship instead of one as a trainer. N is mentioned briefly in the screenshots, but his location is unknown.

Finally, a new feature to the game has been added; PokeWood. Though references to movies were made in the previous installments, PokeWood will provide players with a system that allows them to create their own movies which are graded on a point scale. The better the movie, the higher the points. Players can choose their milieu, scripts and battle opponents. The screenshot to the left depicts a Typhlosion battling a Mechanized Tyranitar...how interesting?
Posted by Tiff (#1) on 15 May 2012, 4:43 PM EDT in Pokemon News
Alright guys, so it's been over a month since I changed us over to the new PokeDS, and I hope you guys have enjoyed it!

I haven't posted any updates for a while now, but I've definitely been working on the sites, and I've made lots of major changes to the programming behind the site as well as adding small features such as the body of user profiles.

Overall, it's been a while since I've done any very noticeable updates to the site, but in the coming days, I hope to get some major work done, such as finally finishing the other sections of the Pokedex (Ability pages, move pages, etc), and making some long overdue calculators!

In addition to that, I plan to make some changes to the site that will make it even more accessible and usable, but I'm still playing around with ideas in this department, so stay tuned!

And finally, I thought I should just officially say that Xavier (#4) has joined as an administrator of PokeDS, and he's been doing a great job of helping get stuff done around the site such as making content and coding our in-progress Gallery feature. He's awesome, so give him some love for the great work he does!
Posted by Tiff (#1) on 21 April 2012, 2:50 PM EDT in Site News
You may have noticed that the front page of PokeDS used to load pretty slowly! I thought I was imagining things but after testing, I realized that we were having performance issues somewhere.

As it turns out, there was one part of the code that was majorly slowing things down on the site. After tracking the page load times on the site and troubleshooting various features, I found the problem, and I've solved it. So now, PokeDS' main page takes less than a second to load, like it should, instead of taking 2-4 seconds average.

Otherwise, I've also made some minor changes around the site such as making the navigation bar anchor to the top of the page when you scroll down. This should make it easier for you guys to browse the site because you won't have to scroll back to the top to go to different sections all the time!

And finally, I've temporarily made the search bar lead to Google Custom Search. This is a temporary solution for searching, but I'm sure you guys will agree it's much better than having the search bar lead to a dead end page.

So that said, cheers and best wishes to you all! I look forward to seeing you around PokeDS.

Edit: You can now comment on news posts.
Posted by Tiff (#1) on 8 April 2012, 8:05 PM EDT in Site News
Alright, maybe I got a bit impatient. But here we are!

We've got a pretty lively community going on here, so you should seriously consider joining in with the rest of us if you haven't already! New PokeDS is much easier to use than before and is designed to be able to store much more content much more conveniently than before with our new Channels system.

Unfortunately, due to massive changes in the structure of the database for the site, you'll have to reregister for the new site.

However, luckily, registration is really quick and simple and doesn't require email activation or anything of the sort!

And since I know there are some content sections, such as the Moveset Effectiveness Calculator, that I've yet to transfer over to the new site, I've archived the old site here, for all of you guys to visit.

Look forward to seeing you guys around PokeDS!
Shadow Files AKA Tiff
Posted by Tiff (#1) on 8 April 2012, 12:00 PM EDT in Site News
After a short bit of messing around with uploading to our new image server, I'm pleased to say that you can upload avatars again!

I'm glad that all went by fairly hassle free, and I feel like this change will be better for PokeDS overall in the long-run; freeing up space from images on the main site means that we'll have more space and bandwidth for site functions and stuff.

In addition, it also means moving hosts and making backups will take a lot less time in the future because images will be stored separately. Woo!

Seeya guys around!
Posted by Tiff (#1) on 7 April 2012, 2:06 PM EDT in Site News
I've moved all the locally hosted images on PokeDS to our new image server at images.pokeds.com. Don't worry if you see broken images as these are all fine and to be expected as I try to fix up the image links. In the meantime, I ask that you please do not upload a new avatar.

Thanks and seeya around!
Posted by Tiff (#1) on 6 April 2012, 2:20 PM EDT in Site News
I got notified by our host this morning that PokeDS has an excessive count of files and may be suspended if this isn't fixed. I figured its probably because of all the sprites and artwork we're hosting, so I'm going ahead and moving those over to the external file hosting service, Amazon S3.

So, no worries. All things will be fine, and PokeDS is not in any danger of having to go down; I'm just changing the way images are hosted! So in the meantime, if you notice any oddities and broken images around the site, fear not, for it's the result of me messing around with the new setup for image storage.

Otherwise, I've started uploading content for channels and every channel has content of some sort, so feel free to explore around.

Until next time, this is Tiff of PokeDS. See ya!
Posted by Tiff (#1) on 4 April 2012, 10:09 PM EDT in Pokemon News

Those of you who keep up with Pokemon News might recall the Pokemon + Nobunaga's Ambition Crossover that was released in Japan about a month back.

Pokemon ConquestAccording to Nintendo, this game is now scheduled to be localized for a North American release on June 18 this year, under the title "Pokemon Conquest."

For those of you unfamiliar with the crossover, Nobunaga's Ambition is a turn-based tactical RPG, similar in style to games like fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics. Pokemon Conquest essentially takes Pokemon and puts them into the world of feudal Japan with grid-based strategic battling. It will be available for the Nintendo DS.

The game was pretty well-received in its Japanese release, and having watched gameplay videos, I would say it looks pretty good, and I'm excited to pick up a copy for myself! What about you guys?
Posted by Tiff (#1) on 4 April 2012, 3:02 PM EDT in Site News
Hey guys!

As fun as it was to have all of us mess with the channels and post whatever we wanted whenever, I've finally finished debugging most of the major kinks in the channels system, which really means one thing: It's now time for the posts here to start getting serious.

That means that although I've yet to code administration privileges and comments, I ask that you please refrain from making channels posts or making random edits to channels posts!

Stick around for more updates to PokeDS! Until then, toodles and enjoy your stay in our wonderful community. :)
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