pokemon was kinda weird, capitalism 

I am very fond of pokemon and enjoy that it exists. pokemon are cuties and it rules that this age has its own kinda yokai or folktale creatures or however you want to present it.

but honestly, at age 30?
thinking back to the initial public outcry over it?

I totally get it now.

Like, it was a pretty fucked up thing to introduce to the world.
For heaven's sake, the slogan was "gotta catch em all." we had posters and songs reciting each one.

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And as loathe as I am to ever say this: you might have to be at least a 90s kid to totally get what i mean.

Back in the first gen, the whole obsessive completionist stuff got pushed so much harder.

I'm not saying Nintendo chilled out - this is about the number of Pokemon. 150 was a number that was small enough to recite, collect, show off on the playground.

then it went from 150 to 251, which was more daunting. Then 386. That's asking more of kids.

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so yeah, i have no doubt kids are still Collecting Them All and memorizing them, but there's a reason First Gen is so revered. It was just the right reachable/repeatable amount for the franchise to be like

"STUDY ALL OF THEIR FACES. MEMORIZE EVERY DETAIL. INTERNALIZE THIS IN YOUR SOUL"

i repeatedly read the pokedex and was proud that i could recite what moves oddish could learn. i wanted to remember their heights and weights, even

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with that said, i do really love that aspect. It could be for the most cynical reason in the world, it still held this really great aspect that I think kids still enjoy today.

learning about mythological creatures and reading minutae about monsters, like, that's a legitimate joy.
So yeah, I should say that pokemon wasn't just about mindlessly repeating prices or whatever, but it sure as hell would seem like it to an adult.

recountin a fun pokemon memory 

@heatherhorns One time, after dropping out of university, I started thinking about my career options, when it came to me: Why don't I become a Pokemon trainer!?

And I set there, for maybe a minute, before I came up with the reason for why I cannot become a Pokemon trainer: They don't exist.

For a about a minute, I lived in a world where they did, but then I remembered…

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re: recountin a fun pokemon memory 

@heatherhorns (As an 80s kid, I never actually got into Pokemon, I just like the idea.)

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