19 Aralık 2015 Cumartesi

Let's discuss fan-types. Part 2, Nuclear type

1. So, what is this type all about?

Nuclear type is a fan proposed type that has been largely debated amongst fandom as a means of introducing nuclear physics in Pokémon world.

Unlike other fan-proposed types, Nuclear-type expects to create a powerful, but rare type that will fill a similar niche to Dragon types.

The basis of this type is the narrative of nuclear energy in West, particularly American West, as a force of nature with brutal power but can be tamed for good, as opposed to the narrative in East, particularly Japan, where nuclear power is presented as a bestial force(ie. Godzilla) due to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and Chernobyl incident.

2. Where does the name come from?

The name comes from nuclear physics, where nuclear refers to the nucleus of the atom.

However, as mentioned above, the idea "nuclear" connotates is obviously refers to the kitschy romanticism of nuclear forces in science-fiction and comic books.

3. Does this type have an in-game source?

Because of the dynamics of Japanese nuclear energy industry, and Pokémon's obvious preference to romantic environmentalism, there is no basis for nuclear energy.

However, in the Pokémon fan-game Pokémon Uranium, this type is fully conceptualized as a semi-pseudo type alongside the likes of Shadow-type.

4. What would be ideas behind such a type?

Generally, the conventional applications of nuclear physics, such as nuclear fusion, nuclear waste, nuclear bombs, nuclear power plants etc. will be the basis of such a type.

Other basis of this type would be the basic nuclear configuration of elements, protons, neutrons, quarks, electrons etc.

Much more conceptional uses would be uses of nuclear energy in other areas, such as X-rays and matter transmutation.

The overall ideas behind all of these would be the poisonous nature that is present in different isotopes, nuclear energy as a metaphor for capitalism poisoning the environment(alongside creatures such as Grimer, Trubbish and Koffing), or the decaying nature of nuclear matter.

5.What would be the type interactions of such a type?

It is hard to say. Because nuclear energy, by its nature is hard to control, it is unlikely that any conceptualization would be satisfactory without being broken.

However, Nuclear moves can be used as high power moves by Poison-type Pokémon, just like Water-type with Ice-type.

6.What would be distribution of such a type?

Very rare, generally limited to broken-down or active nuclear reactors, mines containing nuclear material, or parts of regular gas stars that use nuclear energy to create massive heat.

7.Future comments:

Because the idea is very popular, there are different conceptualizations of this type that can be found on web besides Uranium's variation, which can be used for fan-games.

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