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Returning to Poké-mania

Nate's Recollections

by Nate Andrews - April 13, 2012, 5:12 pm PDT

The old routine.

I caught the biennial fever again a month ago. Afflicted with that creeping, familiar urge, I feverishly plugged Pokémon Black back into my DS.

Though I hadn't touched the game in months, and had little lingering recollection of any significant progress or level of skill, I found I'd accumulated nearly three dozen hours worth of playing time. Puzzled, but in no way put off, I slipped back into the file, and into the comforting routine.

I've never played a Pokémon for the substance of its story or the desire to be anything resembling the best; increasingly, I don't even play the games to connect with a new cast of titular monsters. Though I'll always stay connected with the series, my most serious, most 'hardcore' Pokémon-playing days came years ago, when my childlike zealousness for the newly released Red version and surplus of free time led to me play the game for a truly unwholesome number of hours. I buried myself in a chair and played furiously when it arrived on Christmas Eve, and never looked back.

Each time I finished the game—which was often, and usually with a fully leveled team in tow—I started over and began another plow through. In the years following, the obsession tapered. I skipped most of the versions after the originals due to either lack of time, funds, or interest in additions or changes to a path I could more or less walk with my eyes closed, though when I felt the time was right to indulge (as with HeartGold and Black), I still found myself dumping hours into the adventures.

While a decent stretch of time—one that will probably continue to grow for a while—my Black version hour count is paltry compared to the innumerable amount of hours I grossed over a decade ago in my first Pokémon game. I don't quite give the games that kind of time anymore—nor can I, in most cases—but I like to drop in every couple of years and check in on that dear old series, and sometimes, thankfully, it happens anyway.


AilingforaleApril 14, 2012

Yeh, I can't tell you the amount of hours I put into Pokemon Blue and how many times I had defeated the Elite Four only to return and do it more and replay the game over again.  I own Black, but now play it more as a passive thing to get my Pokemon on when I need a fix, but can be summed up by my comment to a friend, "Oh, Black has an Elite Four as well eh?"

Evan_BApril 15, 2012

You'll always be my Gary Oak, Josh.

C-OlimarApril 15, 2012

I care that you skipped Ruby and Sapphire. It is much, much better than Diamond and Pearl.

Also, @Ailingforale, the Elite Four is a major part of the Pokemon games - if you want a unique Pokemon RPG try Collesseum and XD. The main series should stick to the same formula, besides, there are plenty of decent spin offs which provide decent twists on the series.

TJ SpykeApril 15, 2012

Quote from: C-Olimar

I care that you skipped Ruby and Sapphire. It is much, much better than Diamond and Pearl.

I have to disagree, I think Ruby and Sapphire are the worst of the mainline Pokemon games. Having looked around, it looks like many people agree with that. They are the only ones I have not beat (besides Black and White, which came out just as I started playing video games less often).

nickmitchApril 15, 2012

I only played Emerald because I was so disinterested in Gen III, and I have to agree that it was the worst gen, at least for me. The gen I remakes were good though. And I ended up loving Gen IV. Maybe more than Gen V, but that one's not over yet, so we'll see.

C-OlimarApril 15, 2012

I'm aware that they are considered the worst generation, but for me they are around 3rd-4th best. Hoenn is my favorite region since it is quite big and has some interesting and creative towns. However, my favorite games are Gold and Silver. Anyway, whilst I did like Diamond and Pearl, they are my least favorite games. They were just not very captivating for me.

I caught a legit mew on my recent play through of blue, was fun to actually catch it. Easy to do as well.

TJ SpykeApril 18, 2012

Funny how it took like 14 years for someone to figure out a legit way to do that (it was announced in 2010).

Theres a way to get celebi in gold and silver now too. Although it takes a little more effort, I will try it down the road though.

TJ SpykeApril 18, 2012

Really? I would have loved that back then. Kinda cool.

Ryadin91April 21, 2012

Quote from: C-Olimar

I care that you skipped Ruby and Sapphire. It is much, much better than Diamond and Pearl.

Personally I think the 3rd generation was the most over looked generation. When they came out I think Pokemon was kind of dropping in popularity for a while.
It's kind of a shame because I really loved that generation and I remember the most about that game.

My friend and I had fun with the secret bases, plus hearing about the stupid comments on the TV about them.

They really should have kept the day/night graphical differences though.

Ryadin91April 23, 2012

True, but man, if Nintendo were to make a remake of this game (Ruby/Sapphire for 3DS)......OH MAN I'll be first in line at walmart or target or WHEREVER the hell will have it at MIDNIGHT!

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