Ever since I can remember, Pokemon was meant to be fun. I’ve been there for the start of it all: from Red, Blue and Yellow, all the way to X and Y. And while I still find complete and utter enjoyment from the games, I feel as if a lot of the fans have become a bunch of major assholes that take a videogame, particularly one targeting children, entirely too seriously. When did Pokefans become so serious? I can’t quite pinpoint it, but I feel as if it gets worse with every new generation of Pokemon.
Pokemon has evolved in many ways. From the original 151 that I was first introduced to, there are over 700 Pokemon these days to keep up with, and that doesn’t include the mega-evolved forms, that were introduced in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Pokemon originally was about collecting them all, something that wasn’t terribly difficult with only 151, or even 251. The other objective of Pokemon was simply to become the Pokemon League Champion. Things were fairly simple.
However, as I said, Pokemon has changed. A competitive side was added for those who wanted more of challenge. EV and IV training became a phenomenon with many trainers, as well as shiny hunters who would continuously soft reset their games for that specially colored Charmander. For some, this was what Pokefans were looking for, for others like me, they didn’t give a damn and continued to simply collect and fill their Pokedex. Either way, in my opinion, I believe every single way is the correct way to play. But from my experience in the many Poke-forums, not everyone feels the same way.
It’s almost as if a rift has formed between the “casual” Pokefans and those that play competitively. Almost every day I see at least one post, usually more from one camp or the other spouting hate. “I love my Pokemon for who they are, not for their EVs.” Likewise, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen some idiot post a screenshot of someone’s all legendary team, bitching and moaning how it was so easy to beat. Seriously both of these make me want to bash my head in, because I feel like it’s nothing but trolling. Congrats, you don’t want to compete. Congrats, you beat an all legendary team. Guess what, it was probably a child, because when I was a kid, my team usually consisted of all legendary Pokemon too. So kudos on defeating a child. It’s all just really silly.
This goes for the people who bitch and moan about those who soft reset, or even use hacks to get Pokemon early, etc. No really, why do you care? It’s a game. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to do it. I’m too damn lazy to stay in one spot and soft reset over and over again in hopes that I’ll get a specially colored Pikachu. All the nope. If by chance I run into one, then cool, you can bet I’ll try not to knock it out. But hey, I give kudos for people who have that type of patience. And for those who want to essentially cheat to get other Pokemon, go right ahead. It’s not affecting me in any way, shape or form because it’s not my game.
I understand it isn’t easy when it comes to trading these days, due to these above “issues.” Many people want specific shiny Pokemon, or perfect stats etc, but that’s why Wonder Trade was made. And yes, you will get plenty of shit Pokemon, but you will also get some good trades as well. It takes patience, but I spend hours breeding random Pokemon and sending them out, so that everyone gets some decent trades. They may not be shiny, and they may not have perfect stats but at least they will help with your Pokedex.
What I’m trying to get at is that it’s all fairly mind boggling that something that started so innocent has become so serious to many. More than likely you aren’t making money off of playing Pokemon. So to take Pokemon, or any videogame for that matter so seriously, is beyond ridiculous in my opinion. That goes for all the camps: casual and competitive. Relax. Breathe. Play how you want. Enjoy the damn game. And play nice.