One thing I really don't understand is the people who defend the original 151 as if that was the only generation that mattered. Keeping in mind that some of these naysayers are the same people who have never played a single pokemon game beyond that. Out of the original 151, there were about 30-40 that were used with any increasing frequency, and as the total number fluctuated with new gens, so did those pokes who were commonly used. Some increased, some decreased, some were dropped, and new ones were added.
As if the first gen didn't have huge problems, like Psychics being way too overpowered, and it being majorly difficult to raise a pokemon to lv. 100 (much moreso than it is now).
What's more, is that people actually recommend they play FR/LG to get them back INTO the series! Not taking into account all the abilities and new attacks and changes and BAH! Going from R/B/Y to GSC won't be nearly as much of a culture shock. There's only 100 new pokemon to deal with, and most you will never encounter unless you breed/trade/evolve them yourself. The game is mostly old gen pokemon. One look at the Gym Leaders and it's obvious. They all use at least one older gen pokemon.
Since the three gens and fourth on the horizon, we face a new age. One of Legendary Pokemon in abundance. I saw maybe one team in the video game championships that had no legendaries at all, with most teams averaging 3-4. The teams revolved around Protect/Substitute, Toxic/Selfdestruct, and a never ending barrage of power techniques. No strategy, pure power. These people should not be allowed to pick up a game, much less participate in a tournament. There should be some limit, or some set of rules. Otherwise it's just Lugia vs. Rayquaza vs. Mewtwo vs. Groudon...yaaaaaaaay :-P...They are missing the point. They'll stack their team with Groudon and Kygore and Mewtwo but if I asked them what Anorith evolved into, they'd look at me as if I'd grown a third head. Well, you know what I mean.
Then there's Netbattle, talk about something that's destroyed everything good and pure about real battling. These people use Hidden Power Rock/Flying in lieu of Rock Slide and Aerial Ace. Their IVs are perfect, they can bypass breeding chains in seconds, and what's worse, they have no idea how to execute real strategy. There are those who keep Swords Dancing with Scizor until they killed by a Flamethrower and forfeit the match. All power and no brains. Every ideal situation in the book means nothing if you have no idea what you're doing.
Now obviously the ingame A.I. is no genius, but if you can make it to the top of R/S Battle Tower (100+ wins in a row), and get all the Gold Symbols in the Battle Frontier in Emerald, and you're still complaining, I just don't know what to tell you. Anyone who's played Colosseum Mode in Pokemon Colosseum or Orre Colosseum in XD: Gale of Darkness can find a challenge ingame. Pokemon fans have very little to whine about, yet much of the fanbase are extremely spoiled. They should've stopped at 151? Idiocy, people want change, but don't want to "memorize" any new pokemon (you don't have to memorize shit!). How exactly does anyone propose the series changes, we just sit and twiddle our thumbs in Kanto, even though not even half of the original pokemon can stand alone in an unlimited tourney? More on from Kanto, people, it's becoming way too trendy and cliche and it's hard to tell who's a hardcore fan and who's just a whiny poser.
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