Awesome on all the new shinies! Let's see, the Ariados and Cyrogonal, the Koffing (and sorry about that Drifblim, was it? (!)), the ferroseed, and the combee...And I swear I'm forgetting some?! 2 and some pages of posts, there must have been...Anyways, congrats on all of them, especially since it seems to have ended a lot of long hunts for people!
And sorry for those not feeling well/need doctors/discussing surgery that would likely make me cringe...Hope all is/goes well!
Also, to the person who stumbled on the Platinum version, what do you mean by "stumbled on"? Like did you find it in your house after already owning it or did you come across it in a store? I've been looking to see where I can buy a new Platinum version. I only had Diamond that came on the cycloDs card thing which came with the DS that my friend gave me ~4-5 years ago; it was my first pokemon game I was able to play more than 30 seconds of. Even though I don't use the cheats on it, it still doesn't feel legitimate to use it for real now or especially to shiny hunt on, so I figured I could just get Platinum.
And even though I SWEAR I saw Platinum in stores over the summer/early fall, no one has them anymore...At the time, I wasn't even considering buying it, so I didn't pay much attention. I'm guessing maybe Black/White 2 knocked it off shelves or something? But now, it seems to only be available online new for $80+. I'm pretty OCD about getting things new (a very unfortunate/disgusting flaw of mine), so the only options I'm considering are buying it completely new, or not buying it at all. Yes, you're free to call me stupid/irrational/selfish/spoiled for that.
But I figured it would get me closer to being able to collect all pokemon myself, and the more I think about it, a shiny Staraptor is becoming more and more appealing to me. But I can really only get it the way I want if I get Platinum. That or wait until remakes of those games come out (which I can stand the wait for the 3rd gen remakes since it's only what, 2 years wait? But I can't wait 5-6 years for D/P remakes >.<).
I was even thinking maybe a BQ on that game, because if I recall correctly, there's a patch early on with Starlies and Shinxes? Both of those would be great! But again, it's only if I buy it new =\ Or else I seriously doubt I'll get it.
I do still have that $100 on Amazon from the GPT site I use, which was more or less a "rainy day fund" type of thing, to be used on whatever I decide I want to use it on, but I was thinking I'd save up for maybe another DS or something...Plus I hate ordering from all the random sites/stores/people that I've never heard of. But that's like the only options to buy from on Amazon.
Anyways, I'm sorry I've just typed way more than I needed to and it's somewhat off-topic (though still partially related to shinies and how I want to obtain some), but I've really been wondering if there's any secret place that I'm not aware of to find Platinum new for the price it was in stores a few months ago, rather than 2x+ the price...
As for my hunt...85 REs on Sunday, 100 REs on Monday, none yesterday, and so far 5 today that I did in my car before classes again. Will do some more tonight, but went on a spontaneous adventure to the mall and some other stores with a friend after classes today...
Good luck everyone!
EDIT: Oh, to the person who asked, I don't turn my c-gear off, but I'm usually only playing it at home anyways, where I leave it plugged in (probably not good for it?). Didn't know it would drain the battery though. I just don't really see any reason to turn it off.