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Subject:Trinity's First Pokemon Rant
Time:12:49 pm
Current Mood:irritatedirritated
(my x-posted rant from the pokemon community)

Okay, hello! I am Trinity. I have been playing Pokemon since 1997 (has it really been that long since Red and Blue came out?) I have yet to get Diamond and Pearl because my ds lite was stolen from me before Christmas and they're just now getting back into the shops (at least in my area...I don't know about the rest of you), but a lot of my friends at college have it. Anyway, onto my rant.

Today's topic: Unobtainable Pokemon

Now, ever since the games hit the GBA, I've noticed that getting the Pokemon from the earlier generation (like the starters and the legendaries) has become a complicated process.

You have to get a gamecube. Then buy Pokemon Coliseum (or Gale Of Darkness) (which is a pretty good game, I'll give it that) and then you have to play through THAT game and snag ALL of the Pokemon that are considered "Shadow Pokemon"....then you have to purify them and THEN, beat the game (you can't trade to Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed or LeafGreen unless you beat the game's story mode). Then, once you've done all that, then you can trade. And those are like....10-15 hours, maybe a few days of your life you'll never get back!

This especially true for those of us, like me, who loved the Pokemon of the second generation (Gold, Silver, Crystal),(ever noticed how Nintendo never seems to care about us? They remade the original games, now why not remake the second generation games...I for one would like to get a Lugia without having to wait for Nintendo to do a tour or without having to capture it in Gale of Darkness or Coliseum). We have to do this in order to get a fair chunk of the second gen Pokemon including the starters. This makes me furious! Why can't they make it nice and simple? *cries*

Second Topic: Special Event Pokemon:

Now, I am not pleased with the fact that in order to get certain pokemon, you have to wait for Nintendo to do some sort of special event and give you a special item. Nintendo doesn't do this sort of thing very often and not all of us are able to attend the events to get these special items so we can get the special pokemon (such as Lugia and Ho-Oh). And now, I found out that this is the only way to get three Legendaries from Diamond and Pearl without hacking my game and I thought to myself "WHAT?!" It's ridiculous! WHy can't they just make the items obtainable to everyone so we don't have to go insane while trying to fill our PokeDexes? *sighs* Oh well, c'est la vie, I suppose...

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weaseldog_ltg09
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Time:2007-05-07 03:41 am (UTC)
I can certainly agree with you on that. XD

Thank goodness we've got Diamond and Pearl now -- you can just sit back while your hardcore Pokefriends from across the country do all the collecting work and then kindly ask them for quick trades.

And as far as the Special Event Pokemon... there's been word floating around that Nintendo will be conducting events online now thanks to Diamond and Pearl Wi-Fi capability. This is awesome, since it'll be MUCH easier for people to participate that way rather than having to wait for Nintendo to come to you, and then go to a stuffy, crowded, poorly-organized mall event to meet them halfway.
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2007-06-07 09:09 am (UTC)
Heh, Pokemon certainly does seem a bit overwhelming now. I played the games when they first came out after a friend showed them to me. I thought the game was huge then (for a gameboy game) and it was very unique; I was pulled in immediately. I remember my first night seeing the game my friend (we'll call him David) slept over and we played his Pokemon Red on my Super Gameboy (an addition for the Super Nintendo, for those of you too young to remember that). I can't remember the names of everything now, but David was in that Island Cave that you go to after getting Surf. I remember watching his Nidoking (his favorite Pokemon) with its Icebeam attack and being a bit mesmerized by it. The same with his Charmeleon. I can't even remember the rest, just that those two were his favorites.

Needless to say I soon got Pokemon Blue and started into the game myself. I knew little about the game and the Pokemon within it and it was a blast. I remember that I creamed Brock but that Misty beat me at least twice and when I did beat her I just barely managed to inch by; squirtle was my starter, you see. I remember the hours I spent in the casino and in the Safari Zone trying to get Tauros, Chansey, and Porygon. I remember getting creamed by Gary/Blue the first time I encountered him in the Pokemon tower...

I remember how nervous I was the first time David and I battled. I'd been drawn into the game by his Pokemon team and now I was going to battle that same Nidoking and (now)Charizard. Needless to say I was sweating all over, but to my surprised I beat him, easily. He never expected Mr. Mime, seeing as how he had never come across the trainer (or had forgotten) that wanted to trade for him. Ahh... I think "Marcel" was my favorite at that time.

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(Anonymous)
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Time:2007-06-07 09:10 am (UTC)
Cont...

David and I, and later another friend whom I'll call "Andrew" became rivals; not unlike Ash and Gary in the show. Which by the way I claimed to not like or watch (since I felt I was probably too old for it). I did watch it in secret, of course, and another friend even made me see the first movie in the theater. After Pokemon Stadium came out we used the "fast forward" (or whatever feature it was called) feature to raise our original teams, plus several new ones, all to 100... Then we battled them over and over again. We each wound up convincing our parents to get us extra gameboys so that we could buy the other versions and trade on our own to get full Pokedex's.

Finally Gold and Silver came out. The very weekend they were released in North America was the same that my friend Andrew and I were going on a sort of "camping trip" to this beach. We both bought the game the same night and started playing it at the same time. I took Totodile, since I had taken Squirtle in Blue and Andrew took Chikorita in place of Bulbasaur. We played the game practically side by side and one of the coolest things about it was that as we played we would only link up and battle if we just happened to be in the same place at the same time. The first time was in Goldenrod city. I can't remember my friend's Pokemon anymore, just that I creamed him that time. Which was fulfilling because he'd given his Mewtwo better moves back in R/B/Y (I was all offense) and whooped me pretty regularly.

Later we happened to both be in Mahogony Town at the same time to meet up with Lance and battle Team Rocket. We didn't get a chance to duel ourselves that time but it was still a cool experience to go through it at the same time as though we were really doing that together. Heh, in Gold (and Silver in Andrew's case) I was basically his Gary, and he my Ash. I was one step ahead of him the whole time and after our first battle way cocky to...

The fun finally came to an end though. As cool as it was to explore Kanto again and as many plans as I had for raising an entirely new set of killer Pokemon I never wound up playing Gold or Silver again. Andrew and I met up in Viridian City and battled one last time; I creamed him, again. It wasn't fun though, I guess mostly because I was farther than he was so my Pokemon were a little higher level. Whatever the case... Once he stopped playing, and my friend David stopped playing (which he and I never did duel in Gold/Silver) I stopped too. Pokemon wasn't any fun without a friend to compete against. The rivalry was everything.


Where the hell am I going with this, you might ask. I suppose I'm trying to convey the feeling the first (and second) generation of games had on those of us who started there. Not that I think the OP or any of the rest of you missed out on those; I suspect you were there too. To be honest I loved Gold and Silver; the added Pokemon were great and it was exciting to encounter Pokemon I'd never seen before.

The last few days I've been bored as I can't play any of my games (XBox360 these days) and so I browse the internet. 493 Pokemon now, wow. I've been kind of thinking about getting a Nintendo DS and trying the new games out but it seems so complicated now. I guess I'm still stuck in the R/B/Y +G/S (and Crystal?) days when it wasn't THAT hard to get a full Pokedex. It took maybe a few weeks or a month depending on how diligent you were. Then again should it have ever been easy to have a full Pokedex? Maybe the starters from each game SHOULD be rare, and so should the legendaries, especially with the game being online now.

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(Anonymous)
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Time:2007-06-07 09:11 am (UTC)
Cont...

I myself favor quality over quantity most of the time, and I wonder how with 493 Pokemon they can all be different and unique, but I'm sure they are all great additions to the game. I am kind of an old timer I suppose and I tend to view classic games more favorably than new ones...

I love the old Resident Evil games and really hate how Resident Evil 4 has changed the face of the genre. The same with Command & Conquer vs its newest release... the same with a lot of things. However I am mature enough to understand that while things change, it isn't just for the bad. Pokemon Red & Blue (and let me say I was shocked to realize that was back in 1997/98) were my first games and they will always have a special place in my erm... hmm... "Pokedex". So will Yellow, Gold, and Silver. However while nobody who came in after those games can experience the original series the way I did I can't exactly ever play it for the first time like they will/have. It was one thing to come in to Pokemon when it was new, had only 150(1) monsters to catch, and when it was in black and white. It is something else to BEGIN the series with 250 of the buggers, or 350, or over 400. No worse, no better, a totally different experience I am sure.



Maybe when my life gets a little settled and I can spare the cash I'll get caught up on the games. After all if I play Pokemon the way I've ever played any RPG I'll need ALL of 'em no matter what it takes. With versus being enabled over the Wi-Fi now then I won't have to go hunting for some Junior Highschoolers (or younger) to battle with. Which wouldn't be terribly fun to do when you're 21. :P

It's nice to reminisce about the "Good old days", but not if it stops you/me/anyone from enjoying games as they are right now. There may be more than twice as many Pokemon, tons of new features, and it maybe more complicated and difficult than ever to "Catch 'em all" but that's a good thing I suspect.

The End. (doubt anyone will even read this, but it was fun to write anyway)
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