Monday, September 6, 2010

Why Am I Playing Pokemon Again?

Let me start this post by saying this: I loved Pokemon when I was a kid. I played Pokemon blue when it was released like if I kept playing I was going to win something. Of course, there was absolutely nothing to win aside from the gratification of beating the Elite Four. I knew I would never catch all 150 (or 151) creatures. I knew this when I realized pretty much everyone I knew played the same version that I did (blue.)

If I were to go back and play Pokemon Blue again, I would have absolutely no problem making my way through the world. I would know every major mission, every side quest, where to get every HM, and just be awesome in every way.

So when I recently uncovered my GameBoy Color from the massive treasure trove that is my closet, I decided to dive back into the world.

HOWEVER

Playing through the same world again just didn't seem appealing to me. Sure it would have been fun, but I held in my hand three different games to choose from: Pokemon Blue, Yellow, and Silver.

Now, the only one of these three games I remember ever completing is Blue. Yellow I could play through, but it is still very familiar territory. Silver, however, is a completely different experience.

I remember the months leading to the game's release, hearing all the information about the changes from day to night, the different monsters to catch in each period of time, and I remember being absolutely amazed.

I bought it.
I didn't play it.

Now let me clarify this statement. I DID play it, a little. But I lost interest so quickly that I moved onto something else. This is what made me decide to start a new game of Pokemon Silver.

Jumping back into the world of Pokemon after being away for so long is a thrilling experience. I was ready to dust off my brain and jump start my old knowledge... But it didn't take me long to realize that I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT'S GOING ON.

My Pokemon knowledge stopped at 151. I don't know all these new Pokemon! I don't know who is weak against what, or which Pokemon is which type! It's all so very confusing.

This is what it must have felt like to be a parent at the time.

However, I am struggling through and learning whatever my mind will let me retain while I finish my last year of college. Which is to say: not much at all.

So what are my main issues?

The concept of trying to catch all of the Pokemon in this game is causing me some anguish. Having the schedule I have only allows me to play the game in the evening. And no matter what time I seem to turn it on, it's always night time in the game. This means there are some Pokemon that I will just NEVER encounter. I guess I'll just have to assume the role of my younger self and just live with the fact that a portion of this game will never be completed.

I suppose though that my main grievance with the game is that it just seems like all of the new Pokemon are throwaways. That is to say, it seems that there was just no effort on the part of the designers in creating these new monsters. It must have been just to create a new game, and to create new hype, and to make more money. Obviously it worked, I mean, I do own it after all.

Like what is this?















THIS IS JUST A COW.



I suppose I can't make judgement like this though. I mean... this is just a rat.

35 comments:

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  3. Nice blogg man I love me some POKEMANZ :D

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  4. when i was young there was only 150 pokemon

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  7. thanx for support bro <3

    awsome blog!

    keep up the good work :3

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  8. you can play Pokemon as long as you do your GTL early

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  9. I just started playing pokemon again with an emulator on my droid

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  10. You can play whatever you like :) Gotta catch 'em all!

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  11. Fuck yeah Miltank! But I guess I can see what you mean.

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  13. Pokemon seemed like an interesting enough game, but every time I picked it up, I just forgot about it in a day, the game is literally nothing but grind.

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  14. hahah a bit like my pokemon post! :D 1st gen ftw <3

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  15. glad to see that you are beating inertia today!

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  16. i feel ya man everything stopped at 151 :(

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  17. Totally one of the best games ever.

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  18. Yeah totally, I didn't buy the 2nd gen and all the rest. But I guess that even without the 2nd gen, people who are about 20 years old now would've just lost interest anyway, since they became to old at some point to enjoy pokemon.

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  20. The first 151 pokemon were well thought out and drawn. the other 9000 are garbage.

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  22. Pokemon never gets old, i still have a yellow version in my car that i pick up from time to time!

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  23. Pokemon Yellow is where it's at.

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  26. Pokemon battling gets better with each generation in my opinion.

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