players are making what seem to be strange trades with American players, giving up semi-decent or hard-to-catch creatures in exchange for such lowly drones as "Magikarp." (Even if you don't play Pokémon
, it's obvious that anything named "Magikarp" is lametown.) This is great news for gaijin
gamers, but why is it happening?
A "Quarter to Three" forum poster who goes by "DeathMonkey" offers a hypothesis
: "I believe Japanese players will make unbelievably great deals simply to have Pokémon with an English name." Such a name, notes DeathMonkey, would be impossible to create in the Japanese version of the software, just as American players are unable to use a Japanese alphabet when naming their own digital beasties.
Are Japanese players giving you sweet deals for your lowly Magikarps? And if so, could DeathMonkey's explanation be the reason?