Pokémon X/Y alternatives you can play on your PC right now

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For Pokémon fans around the world, this weekend’s introduction of the sixth generation of games, Pokémon X and Y, was big. But just because Nintendo handheld owners got two new Pokémon games doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to wallow in the shadows while they soak up the sun—we’re PC gamers! We have dozens of monster-culling options that capture the feel of Game Freak’s prodigious franchise, and it doesn’t take a Pokémon Professor to see that you don’t need a console to catch ’em all.

Without further Bidoof, here‘s 10 games you can play to get that Pokémon experience without ever having to leave your keyboard and mouse behind.

World of Warcraft WOWkemon add-on turns pet battles into Pokémon punch-outs

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Tossing spheres at vocabulary-strapped monsters sounds like madness, but Blizzard certainly must enjoy Pokémon's idea, with its pet battles minigame stepping through the Mists of Pandaria in World of Warcraft. If you don't already have a certain song stuck in your head, then the player-crafted WOWkemon add-on dispenses with all subtlety and turns your critter conflicts into full-blown Pokémon rumbles.

Minecraft Pokémon mod, a blocky peek at you

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Another day, another amazing Minecraft mod. This one finally does when Nintendidn't and turns Pokémon into the free-roaming, critter subjugating adventure players of the series have been waiting to see for years, admittedly without the 'battles' part as yet. For now, you can convert your spare stone into a Pokedex and set of Pokeballs, capture and name some creatures, and wander around dreaming of the day you'll be able to respond to a Creeper with a confident cry of "Charizard, I choose you!"

You can download the mod from the Minecraft forums.

PC Gamer US Podcast #263: CreaVures

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After recovering from the madness that was GDC, Evan leads Chris, Logan, Josh and intern Anthony as they take on the question of the week: "Is Dragon Age 2 better than Dragon Age: Origins?", drool at flying mechs and almost resort to violence when someone dares to slander Gordon Freeman's honor.

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PC Gamer US Podcast 263: CreaVures