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How Pokemon Made Me a Gamer

I used to be quite the “Pokemon” fan.  I have since, for whatever reason, outgrown my interest in the series, but it used to be such a big thing for me and has gone on to make a rather large, though somewhat indirect, impact on my life, that I needed to write a post about it.  “Pokemon”, if you’re not familiar with it, is a series that manifests itself in many forms, including cartoons, card games, video games, etc., involving Pokemon trainers that catch creatures called Pokemon, which they use to fight in battles and such.  It’s a rather simple concept, really, but addicting (oh, the countless hours I spent collecting Pokemon and leveling them up in “Pokemon Silver”).  I hear that there are now more than 500 kinds of Pokemon, which I find a bit crazy at this point, but okay.  (For me, the original 151 will always be THE Pokemon.)

The series first caught my eye quite a while ago, when I was rather young.  I saw Pikachu, the most famous Pokemon of all, in a store, and I thought it was quite cute, and when I brought it up to a friend at school, he asked me if I was a fan of the series.  Well, to be honest, I had actually not even heard of it yet.  As I said, this Pikachu thing was pretty cute, but I didn’t know what it was.  It was at this time that my friend enlightened me, and I became an instant fan.  I found the anime on TV, and I made it my goal to learn the names of all 151 Pokemon (yes, that’s all there were back then).  I watched the show and found sites on the Internet (my first major expedition into the mysterious terrain of the world wide web), and I made a list of each new Pokemon I found.  In a way, like Pokemon trainer Ash Ketchum, I wanted to collect all the Pokemon…even if only in list form. Continue reading How Pokemon Made Me a Gamer

Day 1: My Very First Video Game

I recently heard of this thing on Jayrain’s blog and decided to do it myself.  There are 30 days and 30 topics, all video game-related, to write about.  I’m not going to completely do it the way it was meant to be done, though.  I’m not going to post everyday.  And I’m still going to put up other posts in between.  I’ll just do these here and there, but it’ll still be fun to have 30 more post ideas to write about.  Despite my rampant rule-breaking.

            Anyway, today’s topic is my first video game, and it’s a bit hard to say what game is my first.  I watched my parents play some while I was a duckling, but I don’t know if that’s the same.  And I have no idea which game I saw first.  The very first game I actually played myself, though, was “Pokemon Stadium”.  I was quite into “Pokemon” at the time, and some friends had the game, and it was fun, so I got a Nintendo 64 so I could get the game.

            And then, I found the game was actually quite a pain in the butt.  The mini games were fun.  I liked taking photos of the Pokemon.  But, the actual battles were not what I remembered when I played at my friends’ houses.  I could do some of them, but many were just way too hard.  So hard as to not be any fun.  I vaguely remember being a bit limited on what Pokemon I could use.  I haven’t played in a long time, so I’m unsure if that really was true.  If it was, it was frustrating.  And not only that, but the battles were unfair.  My opponent would always make my Pokemon fall asleep, and then beat the crap out of it.  Once it woke up, it would be put right back to sleep.  I never could win because they did this every time I played.  I’m serious.  I never got very far because this wouldn’t stop happening.  The game ended up not being that fun, after all.

            Occasionally, I would give the game another chance, but without fail, all my Pokemon would be basically ground to dust before my horribly strong opponent.  Whenever I returned to the game, I would usually not play more than an hour or so before giving up.  Finally, I decided to sell it.  While I was reluctant at first, as it was still my very first game, I decided there was no reason to keep a game I didn’t enjoy playing.  The game store wouldn’t take the instruction manual for some reason, so I kept that.  Just as a memory.  Even if it’s not a fun game, one’s very first game is still somewhat special.

Duck Stadium