Two Hundred Articles for Pikkdogs! Part One

by Pikkdogs ~ April 19th, 2012.

A big hello to all you OHKOers out there.  This is Pikkdogs here with a bonus article for you guys.

Well, it has happened, I have reached the 200 article mark!  I am actually at around 210 if you count some of the Pedro articles, but to be simple, we shall say I just reached 200 articles!  Speaking of Pedro, we might as well bring him into this mix.  Hey Pedro!

Hey Pikkdogs.  Today is a sad day.  You have officially tortured the nice people of the Pokemon TCG 200 times.  Odds are that they would have picked up their pitchforks and revolted by now.  They must be into pain or something. 

Well, then I guess we have something in common.

Indeed. 

200 articles is a  really cool and prestigious mark.  There are few other people that can say that they have 200 articles or videos related to the TCG!  Although I still think I am probably the worst writer that Pokemon has ever seen, it is still nice to get to 200 articles.

I tried to think long and hard-

haha, long and hard.

Thanks Pedro.  Yes, I tried to think long and hard about how to celebrate this historic mark.  I though about doing another contest, but those never bring out too many people.  I also thought about sponsoring a concert at Nationals, but the money just wasn’t there for this year.  So I guess we will have to make do with another boring article.

Well, they suffered through 200 boring articles, one more couldn’t hurt.

I guess.  This article series features two interviews.  The first article will include my Barbara Walter interview and some fun facts about the site.  The second article will include a real interview that I had with OnehitKO founder Ed.

For an anniversary article I usually try to get a preview of an interview I had with a magazine, but this time I have an advanced script of an interview that I recently did with Barbara Walters.  In fact, she was nice enough to pose for a picture with me. So here now we have an excerpt from that interview.

Barbara Walters: First of all, welcome and congrats on 200 articles!

Pikkdogs: Thanks Barbara, its an honor to be here.

BW:  How does one stay for so long on one sight without much thanks or any pay?

P:  I have no life.

BW: That explains it.  Pokeman Dan has 67 episodes of Pokeclass along with more articles. Jwittz had 54 Episodes of Profit along with a bunch of other videos and articles.  I don’t have the actual numbers, but I would assume that Pokemon Dan has just under 200 articles/video and that Jwittz has around 200.  What makes you tick and to write more than almost anyone has before?

P: I love writing and I love doing what other people don’t.  I don’t want to be known as just a guy who wrote 200 articles.  I want to be someone who wrote 200 articles that are different from any other article out there.  Even if that means they are complete crap.  Sometimes things can be so bad that they are good.

BW:  You mention that your articles are different.  They feature comedy and news as much as Pokemon, what made you want to do something different like that?

P: Well, I started writing like a lot of other people did.  I started by writing just whenever I had an idea, so I would write just a couple a month.  Than, a lot of writers on onehitko.com started dropping out, and I knew that if I didn’t write at least 1 article a week, the site would die.  Eventually 1 article a week turned into 3, and all of a sudden I got to 100 articles fast.  As I started to write a lot of articles, I noticed that I sucked.  I wasn’t a great writer and that other writers knew more about the game than I did.  So I just thought that  wouldn’t try to play a game I couldn’t win.  I would still write, but I would write my own way.  I would incorporate comedy that would be commonplace in a late night talk show, and put it into a Pokemon article.  Ed gave me creative control to do what I want, so I took it and tried to make it as bazaar as possible.  Anything to stand out and be different.  I still love sharing my love of the game, but Im gonna share it the way I want to and to the audience that I want to.

BW:  You have been called out before for your disdain towards Juniors and Seniors.  How can you bring something so adult to a game for children?

P:  We are not a site for children, we are a PG 13 site.  Although historically this is a game for kids, most of the players now are adults.  So we cater to the adults.  I have had people yell at me for saying that Juniors and Seniors are nothing but dragging down the game, but that’s what I feel, and that’s what Im gonna stand for.

BW: Your articles are known for kind of being more towards the ADD side, having popular news and historical items as well as Pokemon news, how do you account for that.

P:  Well, its all about emulating a late night talk show, that’s what they do, and so I decided to bring it in an article form.  Sure it gets weird when I talk more about English literature, philosophers, and Stacey Keibler but that’s a good thing I think.  If you don’t love English Literature and pretty looking girls, well I don’t want you to read the website.  We aren’t just talking about Pokemon we gotta celebrate all aspects of life.

BW:  And why is celebrating life and comedy so important to you, they do seem to be foreign concepts to Pokemon.

P: My philosophy is to always laugh, if you don’t laugh you will probably cry.  Life is full of bad things and heartbreak, comedy let’s us escape from all of the problems that the world gives us.  I live in Detroit, and here everyday I can see the bad things that can happen to people.  Comedy is a great escape from all of that.

BW: You also are known to make fun of your website and call it “crap”.  Why do you take such harsh tones?

P:  Because I honestly believe it is crap, and that’s how I like it.  Six Prizes is a great site, and it is like the eldest child in the Pokemon family.  It went to Harvard and came back with a doctorate, and our parents speak highly of it.  Onehitko on the other hand is like the drunken half-brother of the family.  Nobody really takes us seriously or gives us any credibility, and we respond by making a lot of fart jokes and talk about boobies a lot.  We aren’t looked at as a great site, so I think we should just run with it and act like the black sheep of the Pokemon family.

BW: You mentioned that you live in Detroit.  Do you like Detroit?

P:  Sure, I love Michigan.  And from Detroit, Michigan is only like 2 hours away by car.

BW: Has a cult of celebrity followed you in the Pokemon circles like it has to other writers like J-Wittz. 

P:  No, JWittz looks and acts a lot more rock star-y than I do.  Plus, people don’t see my face too often, so its hard to bring a face to a name.  There were a couple tournaments where people kept coming up to me and telling me that they loved the site, but for the most part I am still the same fat guy that sits in the corner that I always have been.  Aside from all the Pokemon groupies of course.

BW:  In your Pokemon career, what moment would you count as the most fun for you?

P:  That’s a tough one.  I think I had the most fun moment at a tournament was at Michigan States 2009.  I barely made it into Top Cut as the 16th seed, and had to play my buddy Jonah who was undefeated at the time.  I was able to sweep the best of three series and knock out the #1 seed in the first round.  It was one of the best feelings that I have had in a while, to know that nobody else could beat him, yet I did in straight games as a 16 seed.  The moment of adjulation was shortlived  however, as I have my top 8 game won, and then I make a horrible misplay for no reason and lose the game.  But, I still can say that I beat the #1 seed, and he would have had a really good chance to win out.

BW: Well, you do have 200 articles and 300 pounds under your belt, do you think that you will be riding off into the sunset any time soon.

P:  Well, the sunset plan was in place after 200 articles, but things have happened so that I can stay on for some more articles.  It seems that I will be writing for a little longer anyway, not sure for how long.  Probably until I say something racist and everybody forces me to resign.

 Fun Facts

We have one more interview to get to in this article series, a real one, with Ed that will be in the next post.  But, before we end this article and start another one, let me tell you some fun facts about this site.

  • The original URL of this site was “www.teamomar.info”
  • The site was originally intended as a way to communicate between about a dozen people among one Pokemon team.
  • Pikkdogs and Ed actually met through www.sixprizes.com, kind of.
  • The first decklist that was posted on the site featured Blaziken FB.
  • The first article on the website featured artwork from Ed’s first daughter.
  • The first episode of The Noozles premiered 2 years before Pikkdogs was born.
  • Onehitko has had a total of 28 authors, most of which who have written 3 articles or less.
  • Ed will soon hit his 100 article mark, but the person who wrote the 3rd most articles for this site is our buddy PokemanDan.
  • Pikkdogs does not care for the thoughts of Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard.

That is all for Part One.  Part Two is published now, so make sure and read the interview I had with Ed, it is cool.  You can get the link here.  Just don’t follow this link, that is to a chicken soup recipe.

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish!

 

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  • Ed

    I think that if you wore your the outfit seen in your pic with Barbara to the Pokemon events, you would get more recognition.

    • yeah. it’d be easier to place that “face to the name” you were talking about.

  • HAPPY 200th BIR- i mean ARTICLE! i like how a good percentage of the joke weren’t over the top, just more cheesy.

  • Anonymous

    The first episode of the noozles premiered 2 years before Pikkdogs was born?