... Maybe I was being unrealistic in my expectations of what I would encounter at Pokemon Day but when the Pokemon Company gets in on the promotion, I tend to hope for a little razzle dazzle. I mean, come on--TWENTY years is an achievement, even for a cross-cultural phenomenon that spans the entire globe.
... The first time I’ve ever played a Pokemon game I was with my uncle. He was bringing me along to pick up my cousin from his mother. I was 8 and we were driving to another town 30 miles away. I couldn’t handle doing nothing for so long, so before we left my uncle handed me my cousin’s GameBoy Color.
...Fortunately, I had parents who were supportive of my Pokemon interest, even if they didn’t completely understand it and were worried I didn’t have friends because I stayed up in my room playing Pokemon. My parents actually pre-ordered Ruby and Sapphire for me at one point as early birthday gifts.Read More
...If I had been playing for all these years and could be easily defeated by the first stranger I'd met then that means there are other people who are even bigger fans than me. I began realizing that I could feel comfortable with my love of not just Pokemon, but anything I liked.Read More
...The year was 1998, I was in Grade 10 and there was a new phenomenon taking the world by storm. I had heard about Pokemon and wasn't impressed with catching little creatures. Not to mention RPGs weren't my preferred style of games. A friend of mine had brought his Pokemon Red game to Gym class and I had my first hands-on experience with it. He let me pick his first starter, I picked Charmander. I crushed his rival and headed down Route 1. Encountering a Pidgey and beating it was more than enough to convince me.Read More
... As you might imagine there were a lot of my classmates who were all about the Pokemon craze as well. There were the kids who were into football, the kids who were into music, and those of us who were nerdy and already ahead of the curve. We all started speaking one language: Pokemon.Read More
...I explained that I had played the originals but hadn’t played in years. I was tempted but just couldn’t convince myself I needed to play them again. Then some news broke, not only did you get to choose one of the new starters, but also one of the Kanto starters of well. I could have a Charmander again and that was that!Read More
...I have done a lot of things in the last 5 months that I didn’t expect I’d be doing. Like, I never would’ve thought I would have finally completed a play-through of a Pokemon game. And, I never would've thought I would be spending vacation days trying to go to a Pokemon event.Read More
... The kids that I grew up with actually disliked Pokemon, or they pretended they didn’t like the games. So people that like Pokemon were seen as outcast or losers. So here I was, a newly found Pokemaniac, but I couldn’t enjoy the games or play the games with any of my friends.Read More