Some of the Pokemon games in my personal collection.
Over the weekend was the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, and there was also an announcement of two new games in the franchise called Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon that will be released later this year. They have become a behemoth of a company consistently pumping out quality shows, movies, games and trading cards. I was introduced to Pokémon through the television show where we follow Ash Ketchum on his journey to become Pokémon master. I remember watching the show constantly as a kid and the movies would keep me in awe. At the time, there was another show competing with Pokémon called Digimon. But there was something in particular that differentiated Pokémon from Digimon – the games.
The first Pokémon game I ever played was Pokémon Silver for the Gameboy Color. In the game, you are the protagonist and you can go on your own journey to catch ‘em all. Because of the game, I was able to connect to the show even more because I could catch the same Pokémon as Ash and beat the same gym leaders as he did. While I enjoyed Pokémon Silver, I really became enthralled with the Pokémon games when the third generation of games were released – Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. By this point, most of my friends were going crazy for Pokémon so it was a constant battle among us on who would have the strongest Pokémon and who complete their pokedex first. If you guys don’t know what a pokedex is, you’re missing out. But actually, the pokedex was a device in the game that allowed the player to keep a log of what Pokémon they’ve seen and captured. In the games, the only way to unlock all the information of a specific Pokémon was to capture it.
Over the years, I have spent probably too much of my life playing Pokémon games just like with Jak and Daxter (I’m noticing a pattern in my blog posts…). I have totaled over 100 hours of play time on Pokémon Ruby alone. One aspect of Pokémon that I always appreciated was that, unlike other games like Jak and Daxter, it created a platform where people could interact, battle and trade Pokémon. I noticed this around the sixth grade when Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released and several people in my class were playing this game. Because of these games, I was able to make new friends by battling them and trading Pokémon. Since then, I’ve collected quite a few Pokémon games and even more Pokémon in the games. So even today when Pokémon releases new games, I’ll be sure to catch ‘em all…HA (pun definitely intended). But seriously, they bring back some fun memories and are still really enjoyable games to play, even over a decade later of delving into the world of Pokémon.