Today I have a recap of my day 6 of the 10 day video game challenge on Facebook. As a quick reminder, the games listed here aren’t a top 10, but are the most influential games in my life as a gamer. Today’s game is Pokemon Blue Version.
Thanks to this game, I have, for the most part been a lifelong Pokemon fan. I had first received my copy on my 11th birthday, which was roughly the time the game released. Upon reading the manual, I was amazed to find out the protagonist was the same age I was (at the time). Not long after that, I built a strong connection with the series. I even memorized the type chart! Out of personal tradition, I usually get the “blue” colored versions of whatever the most recent game is.
I didn’t have many friends at the time who played, but had one good friend who would battle and trade with me. We had a small rivalry at the time, but ultimately, she understood the leveling system better than I did, so I almost always lost. Currently, I try to play these games to the best of my ability, and I still have few friends who play, but I might be the only one who understands the stat system, and makes good use of it. I used to participate in local tournaments in some of the more recent games. Every now and then, I will play online to try to get back into playing tournaments, but want to get good practice before I start again. It looks like I need a good collection of friends that are into the game at the same level I am in order to become more persistent (and successful) at tournaments.
The Pokemon games also helped to spark my love of RPG’s, along with Super Mario RPG. I enjoy the opportunity to take my time and strategize my next few moves. The collecting element means there are countless ways to approach every battle. And yes, I caught 807 different species of Pokemon in Ultra Moon, with my full collection currently only missing the two Pokemon introduced in Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, due to my not having a smart phone, and can’t play Pokemon Go.
Instead of other similar games I would recommend, I will list the Pokemon games I managed to catch them all in, to date:
- Pokemon Blue (Mew was hacked with a game genie, the only time I hacked in the series).
- Pokemon White
- Pokemon Black 2
- Pokemon X
- Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
- Pokemon Sun
- Pokemon Ultra Moon
Of note, I am missing only 6 Pokemon in Diamond version. I will also take note of my favorite and least favorite games to date in the series. I really enjoyed the Gold, Silver, and Crystal Versions, and may have been my favorite generation of Pokemon games. My least favorite games had to be Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald (and to a limited extent, the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire games, if it weren’t for the changes that these remakes added). Please bear in mind that these are personal opinions, and that I am still willing to replay these games at some point in the future. I am not saying those games are bad, but that I enjoyed them the least.
Pokemon has been a big part of my life, and most likely will be in my future. I hope to eventually meet more players in person, and continue to connect with others the way that two Game Boys could connect in the original games.
That was my recap of day 6. What game would you place in day 6 if you took the challenge? What do you make of the Pokemon games? Which is your favorite? Least favorite? Have you caught them all? Are there other monster collecting games I should look at? Let me know in the comments below!