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Disguised Toast Has Some Harsh Words For Pokémon Scarlet And Violet

"Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet" has had a bit of a rough go in the first week of its release — but it's not entirely unwarranted. Though plenty of players love the game and want nothing but for it to succeed, most agree that it's not without its glaring issues. Countless viral clips of glitches in "Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet" have come out since it came out, and fans aren't pleased with the state the game is in right now. Streamers and other internet personalities have made their opinions known loud and clear about the game, and now DisguisedToast has offered his thoughts on the ninth generation of "Pokémon" — and it's not pretty.


DisguisedToast got his start in streaming and e-sports with Blizzard's online card game "Hearthstone," and though he still plays regularly, he's added some variety to the gaming lineup. He streamed both "Pokémon Sword" and "Shield" as well as "Pokémon Legends: Arceus," which first tried the open-world approach used again in "Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet."

During his "Pokémon Scarlet" stream, DisguisedToast had a lot of feedback for the game, to say the least, going as far as to remark that "they make zero effort, absolutely no effort in optimizing anything."

DisguisedToast called out animations, FPS, graphical fidelity, and rendering distance

DisguisedToast's goal, per the headline of his stream, was to not stop streaming until he caught a shiny in "Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet." He got caught off-guard by just how awful the game looked, and later in the stream began his strong criticisms by bringing up the animations of background characters. "What are these animations, though ... you really couldn't render like 30 FPS," he said. "How does Nintendo keep getting away with this?" DisguisedToast then elaborated and said that Nintendo shouldn't be able to release games in such a sorry state, but after looking up the games' pre-order sales that broke records, he said there's no reason for the company to not keep doing it.


Much like many fans and critics, he compared "Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet" to "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," which came out at the start of the Nintendo Switch's lifetime. It's an apt comparison, as the highly praised open-world "Pokémon" games took a lot of cues from "Breath of the Wild", and it being a less demanding game should have, on paper, made it easier for the Switch to run — instead, "Pokémon Scarlet" and "Violet" have more technical issues.

"The Nintendo Switch is not that weak, it can handle animating two birds," DisguisedToast said in frustration after a nearby NPC dropped to a ridiculously low FPS after he walked away a few feet. "I think Pokémon is a great franchise, and the concept is great, but the technical aspect of it is terrible, it's been terrible for the last 20 years," DisguisedToast said.