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The ‘RARMSTAR’ Origin Story

Yesterday I got one of those ‘Your memories on Facebook’ messages, which was reminding me that it has been four years since I first posted this photo on Facebook, which signalled the start of my foray into the world of Pokémon YouTube videos:

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It seems so crazy to me that its been four years since I first started ‘RARMSTAR’.  To be honest, I’d totally forgotten that this was the very first logo I made for my channel (pretty incredible, right?!)

The name has a fairly boring backstory – it’s just my initials, with the word ‘star’ added to the end – but at the time I though it was pretty freaking cool!  I’m surprised that it has stood the test of time: even now I’m often referred to as Rarmstar by young people around my hometown of Westhill who know me from the youth events we put on through our church.

Looking back on my first video (you can see it at the top of this post), I think that I’ve come a long way since then.  I haven’t only made the obvious jump in age from 18 to 22, but I think that my life (and outlook on life) has changed a bunch.

But one thing’s for sure, I’m really glad that I took that leap of faith: to take one of my real passions in life (namely Pokémon) and turn it into something really creative.

Rarmstar lives…

Video · Writing

When Pokémon meets Star Wars…

I have really loved making and recording all of my Pokémon videos.

I would say that I’ve had four main ‘seasons’: my let’s play of Red, my (unsuccessful) ‘evolocke’ of Crystal, my (successful) ‘nuzlocke’ of Ruby, and my short-but-sweet playthrough of Sun (with little bits of Mario, Metroid, Battlefront and Contra intermingled in between!)  I think somewhere in the middle of playing Crystal I reached the peak of my YouTubbing proficiency, regularly uploading three episodes a week, and really enjoying every episode I recorded.

However, what I loved maybe even more than playing the actual game was crafting this weird, crazy backstory behind all my videos.  It all started with me doing a Marvel-post-credit-esque scene after I ‘died’ in my Crystal evolocke (all of my Pokémon fainted in heart-breaking fashion as I battled the the Elite Four – “Hard times!”)  In the clip I was confronted by a mysterious character, who offered me a chance at Pokémon-playing “redemption”.

Over time these extra scenes escalated further and further, and eventually I ended up recording the above video, affectionately and pretentiously named: ‘To Catch A Jigglypuff”.  There are deaths, wild animals, a lightsaber battle, secret maps, pop-culture references, and all sorts of other craziness.  Out of all the videos I’ve made so far in my life it’s my favourite, and the one I’m most proud of.

Hope you enjoy it! (:

(Ps: the Pokémon Platinum Egglocke will happen… maybe…….. someday…)

Art · Writing

“Pokémon: gotta catch ’em all…”

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Pokémon is the greatest video game franchise of all-time.  Search your feelings: you know it to be true!

I’ve been playing these games since I was four years old and we were still living in Calgary, Canada.  Even now, ‘Pokémon Red Version’ is still my go-to game if I’m ever feeling ill and in need of a pick-me-up.

I’m kinda sad that I’ve only had time to play through Pokémon Sun (my chosen version out of the two most recent entries in the franchise) just the once.  Normally I blitz through each new game at least a couple of extra times: to find out everything I can about all the new Pokémon, and about the new world I have to explore.

So, out of remorse for the good old days of levelling up my Charizard to level 100 with reckless abandon, and throwing 65 Ultra Balls at Mewtwo until I made him my own, here’s a drawing of the ‘Gen. I’ games: Red Version, Blue Version and Special Pikachu Yellow Version.  They will always hold a special place in my heart (and on my shelf of games!)…

Ps: if you want more Pokémon, my ‘rarmstar’ YouTube channel has a whole bunch of them!  (https://www.youtube.com/user/theRArmStAr)