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Do you remember the first time you experienced Pokémon? For me, I didn’t know what I was even experiencing. I couldn’t read the words on the screen of my new Gameboy Color I had gotten for my sixth birthday. All I knew was that the game I was given was a very appealing yellow color with a cool looking character on the cover and it had a funny looking letter “e” in it. I hadn’t even seen the show yet, I was given the game before the anime was super popular in my little town.



I was so fascinated by the game and all of the things happening in it, but I couldn’t understand the words that were on the bottom of the screen. My parents or my brother would sit down with me while I played the game and read what was being said to me for an hour or so a night. I wanted to be able to understand what was going on without any help so badly. One day I pestered my brother enough until he agreed to explain to me what different words were and how to pronounce them all.

This was a big deal because at the time I wasn’t given any homework (I wasn’t given any real homework until the third grade, a few years later). I would actually spend several hours a night up in my room with magazines laying around the house, struggling through all of the sentences until I had a whole page down. I was so proud when I was able to finish a whole magazine. Slowly but surely, I started to understand what I was reading when I played Pokémon Yellow, and I would amaze my family with how I didn’t need their help for a lot of what I was reading.


I was so excited by my newfound ability that I would go to the library and get all of the books I found interesting and take them home to read. I would write down the words I liked best and tried to seem smart when I talked at recess or at the dinner table. I started naming all of Pokémon after my favorite protagonists in books I liked reading (many of which I can’t remember). I would spend tons of time just reading the signs on the various Routes and all of the Pokédex entries. I would recite all the information about the various Pokémon to my parents on car rides and they would grin ear to ear and listen like I was telling them some discovery into where the lost city of Atlantis was.


I’m pretty sure the fact that Pokémon helped jump start me into educating myself will keep the franchise forever in my heart. I learned how to read from this franchise, my very best friends all love Pokémon like I do (and we can always play the games, no matter how far apart we are now, it feels like we’re in the same room laughing over our battles) and I’ve actually met quality people from this very blog I write and discovering all of the similarities I have with some people (you have no idea just how wonderful it is to meet people so much like you, when you get to talk to them, you never know what to say because you have so much to talk about). It has set so many goals in my life and motivated me through every time I needed a boost. Pokémon has been so vital in my life, it wouldn’t be the same without all of the countless adventures I go on with it. 


What’s your earliest memories of Pokémon? Did you have a similar experience with Pokémon? Were you affected by it in some way? Did it help you through something tough in your life, or did it introduce you to someone? Let me know, I’d love to hear! Thank you for reading, I hope you have a terrific day! See ya next time!








Do you remember the first time you tried something that really changed your life? The emotion that it brought, the excitement from something new and exciting is, simply put, intoxicating. Maybe it was the first time you tried cooking a certain way, or started watching a new series you stumbled upon on Netflix that really spoke to you. No matter how you look at it, you know that you would be an entirely different person now had you not explored said thing. For me, this has come from my (fairly recent) adventure into the Pokémon trading card game.


Collecting cards was something that I haven’t done in so many years, yet I still remember the rush of buying a new booster pack. You would just tear through the cardboard behind the plastic and proceed to carefully open the foil wrapping with colorful artwork to whatever it was you were collecting. I think like most of my peers growing up, I indulged in Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and the occasional pack of  (insert popular anime at the time’s cash in trading card game). It was so much fun to build decks and go to local Toys R’ Us stores and outwit all of the other kids that lived nearby. It was like you were a painter, and you slowly and carefully made a masterpiece, you would dump hours into every minute detail, and the results were nothing short of satisfying.


I had a similar rush from constructing different teams of Pokémon to go all around the state and battle with, incidentally. I would explore all sorts of matchups and use so many different kind of Pokémon I just knew no one was ready for. Whenever I went to tournaments, the participants always used hacked teams (one I remember in particular was a team of all Mews) that were pretty transparent, I would become underwhelmed by it all really. I like to think that’s why I took a long hiatus from playing the game competitively.


Strangely enough through all of the fun I had playing card games and Pokémon, not once did I even consider  collecting Pokémon cards. I spent so many hours playing all of the Pokémon games on my Gameboy Advance SP, watching the cartoon religiously (seriously, it was a terrible week if I missed an episode), and even collecting all of the toys. Not once did it seem like a good idea to me to try out the card game, there was no way that it could even match the same thrill I had from the games.


Fast forward all the way to recent times; I was at the store after work, taking care of my shopping list for my apartment. As I was making my way to front of the store, there was a family trying to decide which pool they wanted to go with, blockading the aisle. I took a detour through the toy aisle to reach the cash registers. As I was about to turn out of the section, something caught my eye.



Sitting there on the shelf was a tin with a familiar figure on it. It was a Delphox, one of the fully evolved forms of the newest Pokémon game’s starters. There was also a Chestnaught and a Greninja. It felt strange to see Pokémon somewhere outside of my 3DS. I was intrigued by the artwork on the tins, so I decided to examine the backs of them further. I saw the words “Pokémon Trading Card Game” on them. I had memories of all the Saturdays I competed rush back, it was surreal. Setting down the tins, I slowly made my way back home.

That night, I thought about how much joy Pokémon brings me as a franchise, and started questioning why I wouldn’t play the card game. It was too hard, too complex, not as fun. These kind of excuses clouded my judgement when I was younger, but why? Maybe it’s not that popular? I looked up the card game on my phone, and the very first thing I saw was that there was a news article about The Pokémon World Championships coming up. World Championships. The words gave me goosebumps just thinking about how incredible that was.



The very next day I woke up and went straight to the store without eating breakfast or even starting my laundry; I was that excited to begin my exploration into this world I had had in front of me all this time. Reaching the toy section, I came back to the shelf that had stolen me the other day. I looked at the neatly organized tins and examined them again. Disappointingly, I learned they only came with booster packs and an ultra rare card of the starters’ final forms. Surely there had to be something for new players, right?

Behind giant boxes for Magic: The Gathering, I was delighted to find three boxes with more familiar Pokémon. This time the starters from Generation Six (Fennekin, Chespin, and Froakie) were on the boxes. I looked at the backs of the boxes and tried to decide what deck I wanted to go with. I had picked Chespin as my starter in Pokémon Y, so I was kind of partial to going with that deck. Greninja was debatably the best of the final form of any of the starters in the 3DS games, so there was the appeal of having the “best” deck. I couldn’t make up my mind, there was a rush of excitement, as if I was a new trainer who was at the professor’s lab and got to pick their very first Pokémon.



With the Chespin deck in hand, I decided to go with a tin to compliment my new deck and get some booster packs and storage for my deck also. Grabbing the Chestnaught tin, I was ready to checkout. Right before I put them in my bin, I saw the Delphox tin again. It felt like I needed to go with the one that caught my eye in the first place, it was only fair. I put the Chespin deck back and I grabbed the Fennekin deck and the Delphox tin, satisfied with my decision.

Unboxing all of my new purchases back in my apartment, I felt myself become overcome with joy from seeing all of the amazing artwork. Tearing through the tin foil on the booster packs immediately made me feel the excitement of building decks again with a smile. I neatly sorted my cards on my desk so I can look at them all. Delphox was front and center, with a holographic Fennekin and Braixen close by it. I had all the other Pokémon I had received neatly lined up with them. My personal favorites I had gotten that day were a holographic Milotic, a Glaceon (one of my favorite Eevee evolutions), and the adorable Pansear.



I had a certain calm that came from collecting the cards because I loved to look at them and read their descriptions. The digital codes that were on the deck and packs allowed me to play the decks online on the Pokémon Online Trading Card Game with all sorts of new people and network with them, too. I was welcomed into a part of the Pokémon community that had been there my whole life, right there under my nose. Not a day goes by now that I don’t look at my growing collection of cards and smile.




As I write this, I am watching the live stream from the Pokémon World Championships with ambition that I will one day reach it there and compete, whether it be from the game itself or from the trading card game. I owe the series enough because of how much joy it has brought me. When I go there, I will store my things in that fateful Delphox tin that sparked a fire (no pun intended) in my heart for my journey there.