October 03, 1998
The day had finally come. Pokémon Red and Blue had released and I was getting my very own copy. I don't recall much from that day, but I know that we ate at Denny's and I looked at the Best Buy insert in the paper and pointed out to my parents the game I was going to buy... well, that they were going to buy on my behalf...
I wanted Red. My best friend was going to get Blue. Together we would collect all 150 Pokémon and become masters of our universe.
It was the perfect plan.
I booted up my Ice Blue GameBoy pocket later that day and started on my very first adventure through the world of Pokémon.
It was magical. It was my first full exposure to turn-based RPG combat as well. I liked the pacing a lot. I could think about what I wanted to do and take action without worrying about getting beat by speed.
I played this one a LOT, and with the help of multiple save files and legit dedication, we were able to acquire all of those little monsters.
But this wasn't the end of the story...
October 15, 2000
Still sporting my ol' blue GameBoy, and just starting the dangerous time of High School, I retreated to the new world introduced in Pokémon Gold and Silver. I grabbed silver and my best friend decided to jump on board, picking up gold and playing along.
Breeding. You could breed Pokémon now! It was thrilling!
I must have played that game to death.
By now I was 14, but surprisingly I still don't remember much about this outside of sitting at my friend's house talking about breeding with the Pokémon named Ditto because it could morph into any creature you owned.
June 11, 2001
We were about to go on a family vacation. I wanted a GameBoy Advance. My parents said no to my begging, but secretly purchased one for me while I was grumbling about the unfairness of life. Man, reflecting on your youth is harsh. I should have been WAY more grateful.
Anyway, they got me a Glacier one.
On launch day, by the way, because they knew we were flying out on a trip and that if I didn't have it before the trip I would be bummed and if they waited for stock to replenish after launch stock then we'd probably miss out. So they went and bought one for me because it was important to me and I am, in my adulthood, very grateful to them for going out of their way to get this thing for me.
I didn't deserve that kindness.
March 19, 2003
I'm too old for this. I have a job now. I can drive a car!
The power of the Pokémon compels us all. I wanted to adventure once more into that world. I played Ruby and Sapphire the least out of all the games I purchased. There was so much happening in my young life and my time simply didn't allow for GameBoy anymore.
For a time... I thought the adventure was over.
April 22, 2007
It felt like an eternity had passed by the time Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were released on the Nintendo DS. By now I was working at Home Depot, locked deep in my college education, and busy buying up Apple products whenever I could.
Coworkers and fellow students loved Pokémon. I made my way up to the local Gamestop and picked up a white Nintendo DS Lite with a copy of Pokémon Pearl. My coworker grabbed a copy of Diamond and we went for it.
This is by and large one of the biggest runs through the franchise that I ever made. Unfortunately, I never got as far as collecting all the Pokémon available, but I did drive to various events at GameStop and Best Buy where I could get an exclusive creature at certain times.
It was a lot of fun.
Then, life went on.
I stepped away from handheld gaming.
The sun had set on Pokémon...
Or... had it?