(A personal blog post that crept over to my gaming blog ;-D )
Meet OZIE! My very first pokemon.
So here’s the story.
- A looong time ago I rode around in a yellow car that belonged to a friend of mine. She had a pikachu on the dash. We were bad ass. (Circa 2002)
- A number of years ago I made an attempt to play a pokemon game on the DS(I cant remember which one but it was circa 2004) and was met with ridicule.
- Some years later (maybe 2008) a young lad with special needs was in my care and invited me to play pokemon (with trading cards) and I of course did so. A few times.
That’s it! I have never played my way through a game, I never watched the cartoon, I never felt it was anything I could get into.
Until PaxEast 2011. All the folks in line were playing either Pokemon or Magic the Gathering. Not being even remotely familiar with Magic, and being continuously exposed to the excitement of the new Black and White releases of Pokemon, I decided to veer towards the path of Pokemon.
I’m about 4 days into it. 6 badges and a Pokedex of 81 and you know what. “Screw YOU” to the person who first mocked me, causing my insecurities to keep me from it.
I like it.
I can see why so many people, young and old, enjoy the game. It’s super addictive AND cutesy. A REAL departure from the killing and violence i normally prefer in my games.
I plan to spend a bit more time collecting and battling Pokemon in the future, slowly washing away the shame I STILL feel as a 30yr old playing pokemon.
And as homer once said (the cartoon not the greek poet) “Yes I AM the highly suggestible type!”