Alright, Fangirls. I know we’ve talked about a pretty copious amount of Pokémon stuff here, but I’m not done. I really do enjoy Pokémon more than I thought I would, and I think a big part of that is because I am coming into the game so late with it. Everything has been done before; I have access to things like Bulbapedia that are incredibly helpful, a ton of friends far more experienced in the world of pocket monsters who can help me out, and new games coming out this year (the rerelease of the original versions of Red, Blue, and Yellow, along with Pokémon Go set to release later this year). I’m playing Pokémon at a pretty wonderful time.
Pokémon, to me, is a rad way to have pets. My little pocket monsters are just that; they’re cute little babies that I pick up and take care of, and they fight a lot for me. I feel a little bit guilty, playing a game where I ask my pets to fight for me, but that’s where the reminder that it is just a game kicks in. I know a couple people who don’t feel crazy into evolving their pokémon, but I don’t force mine to evolve. I let them go as they please; the only time I use the special stones to evolve them is if I’ve trained them up quite a bit and they need the stone to evolve (Pansage into Simisage, for example). I play with them in Pokémon Amie, I train them in the training room and on the field, and I try to give equal love to all of the pokémon that I have. It’s a tough way to play, but I want them all to feel loved.
The collector in me wants to catch them all. Since I only really have down time when I’m traveling, before I go on a trip, I do a couple of things. I pack, of course, but I also make a list of the pokémon that I really want. Then, I go on to Bulbapedia, and find out which ones are in the games that I have access to (Omega Ruby and Pokémon X), and where they are in those games. Then, I spend my train ride or flight finding Pokémon. I’m sure this isn’t a method that’s unique to me, but it’s the only way I like to play. I want to catch ’em all, and I think the only way to really do that is to go looking for specific Pokémon.
I do feel a bit foolish, doing it. I feel like I could be playing the game in a more “normal” way, but in Omega Ruby I’ve done everything but beat the Elite Four, and I want to have the best possible team to do that with. It’s tough, to think about my Pokémon getting beaten, and I always get really bummed out when they faint during battle. I try so hard to always have medicines and potions on my trainer, but sometimes they still faint. So why not go searching for all of them, and make my pokébabies stronger in the mean time?
Pokémon has become a bit of an obsession for me. I don’t find it to be a problem, because I don’t let it interfere with my daily life, but it’s still a lot. I feel foolish putting so much thought and effort into a children’s game, but I find it to be worth it. I love playing Pokémon, and it’s just about the only thing I want to do some days. I’m very excited for Pokémon Go, but that is something that I worry will take over my life. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, though.
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