My monthly musing will be on one of my favourite games as a kid.I had a lot of the hype for this when i was younger and i can easily say it lived up to the hype, i waited and waited for this game and it let me become for a short amount of time. A God :
Ive had to wright this 2 times over due to damn Uni internet logging me out >.<
which has pissed me off a lot as ive prob missed stuff out now like more of my tale of the turkish fake pokemon gold =[
Pokemon was a massive game at my primary school all the kids played it, all the kids talked about it and 90% of the kids loved it. But i was one of the first.
I first caught pokemon a early morning on Sky when i somehow got up a tad early.It was the episode after ash caught caterpie with all them damn beedrill . My young mind was amazed at what i saw that morning the next few weeks i managed to watch a few more episodes and drew pictures of what i saw and the names i "attempted to remember". i tried to explain the epicness i had seen to my classmates and nobody knew what i was on about. i tried to expain with crude drawings of pikachu."charmader" and "bone"(cubone) but nobody knew what i was on about.It took a while but soon a kid down the street said have u heard about pokemon to me one day i was round. i was like yeah i love the show. He showed me a issue of Nintendo magazine and i was in awe as pikachu was in it.
I played a lot of games so i was preety starstruck when i found pokemon was based on a game. My friend had sent off for a poster of all the pokemon and when it did finally get delivered we were amazed at all these creatures 1-150 on this small blue poster "wow look this nidoran evolved 5 times" "wow psyduck becomes something cool" and funnily enougth we thought mewtwo looked really gay and i thought my friend was lying when he said it was the strongest.This poster was filled with the first 150 amazing monsters that we soon could fight each other with.
We spent a good time looking at these pokemon picking our favourites.At first i was preety attached to Cubone and its evolution but one day one episode changed this.
Sandshrew was badd ass. it spun in a ball like sonic,
it kicked that damn pikachus ass,
it even could go in water. ITS OWN WEAKNESS,
i was amazed.
Still pokemon wasnt out in england and i still couldnt go on my journey.One day i ound a special edition guide nintendo magazine with charizard on the cover. I ran home got the 2.99 i needed and bought it as fast as i could. It was a bible. it had all the pokemon, types, attacks, cities. it was amazing. i laughed when i found nidoran didnt evolve 5 times and it was just a female version.
With this book i held off from reading it all for spoilers.i read upto cerulean and that was all. i didnt want this journey to be spoiled.nearer to christmas my friend down the road managed to get a copy of pokemon blue and after a lot of begging he let me try my own save file without deleting his.
Even thoughafter watching the show the fighting didnt let me down too much, and as this was my first Rpg(barring some crappy hydlide on megadrive)i loved it and soon after a hour or so i emerged from mount moon with a lvl 33 venusaur and a caterpie. But my asshole friend made me leave as i was too good and i never got to catch the Sandshrew moments away.
I finally got my sandshrew... as a plastic toy in Game ,out with my awesome grandparents i got it in a pokeball with some weird..at the time.. sandslash. I still have the later on the desk, battle damaged from fights among the playgrounds other pokemon. and seeing as most people got pikachu and raichu figures. i pulled the card "U CANT DO THAT SANDSHREW IS GROUND PIKACHU CANT HIT ME LOOK ITS IN THE BOOK SEE HAHA NOW EARTHQUAKE" i won a lot of battles. My friend James at school had a gengar fugure somehow. and he was my rival . my sandshrews "dig" won half the time against his dream eater. we had a lot of fun with the figures. Heck most of us didnt even have the real game and we loved it.
Sandslash with my ancient mew =]
Christmas soon came and in 2 small square boxes i found pokemon blue and red from my grandparents. i almost died and safe to say i was very unsocial that day.weeks passed and soon i had amassed a team that I have been training variations for the last 8 years+ on each generation
I soon found that sandslash was very cool, after seeing him in the first movie my feelings for him and shrew swapped and now i liked sandlash a lot more and sandshrew was kinda fat.
What most drew me in was the choice to pick who u wanted to fight with and with what attacks, due to this a lot of kids had diferent favourites and link battles were always diferent as kids all had their own choices when it came to pokemon. i still remember shouting at people cut and strength were crap attacks.
My rooster in gen 1 was
I became very good at the game and soon had people giving me ther future mewtwos in exchange for me doing the league for them (i ended up with 6) i managed to clone a mew with the link cable glitch and then soon went on to try and do my Dex
In the break between the 1st and 2nd Gen i came into contact with a glitch known well as MissingNo
With its power i soon became a little power hungry and ended up having everything i could have.including a full dex (allmost legit just a couple rare candies...)
The 2nd gen changed this and with it came a time of peace where i went back to basics and learnt how to be good again without that damn glitch
My friend somehow got pokemon Gold like a year before we should of and he let me borrow it was he knew i could do it for him, so with my "Toge" (togepi) with its "brick" (swift) attack i fought through this land of engrish.
Soon after i managed to get my own pokemon Gold and silver and set of on another journey which found me back in Kanto going back to my roots which was preety damn good.
With this 2nd generation new mechanics were added. i fund that Lum berries and Leftovers are awesome in link battles and most of all found out about breeding
As i traded my (unglitched) team across from Blue i found my sandslash was a girl, proptly i stuck her in the daycare to get myself a new sandshrew to train up, only problem was, the only thing i could breed it with was some high level donphan i found.
I like almost died when i found the baby with the ROLLOUT attack
I was amazed at what i had found and none of my friends had a clue as they didnt use the breeding centre. with this i could give pokemon attacks they shouldnt have .I also had a scyther with Silver wind which was amazing, i could also reuse Tm's through breeding. with this new knowledge i soon became a breeder for a short while , trading rare pokemon for eggs with great attacks and soon enough i managed toget myself a legit pokedex full. (barring a sharked celebi someone gave me)
i soon found myself shiny pokemon and also kind of found out about Ev's albeit not fully, i just found +12 atk stat gains a little abnormal at one point.
2nd Gen Team
With the 3rd generation a lot of things were added , the usuals such as new dual types , new items and new pokemon. Big diferences were added such as abbilities, i found my current 3rd gen sandslash to have "sand viel" which made it a bitch to hit in a sandstorm, so with this i gave him a few attacks to use and a lot of people hated him
I soon came to understand Ev gains slightly after finding me and my friends great training spot at the ember spa raised your attack insane amounts.My friends mewtwo went up 24 atk one level. i googled this and came to find serebii.net telling the full in depth guide. i learnt it and soon added that to my skills with giving my pokemon higher stats.
I soon started Ev training and built my team up again seeing as i couldnt get my oldies back from gold and silver =[
Also with this gen i started to learn having 4 attacks isnt always good and that stat moves actually arnt crap.
i went around proving this point with a sandstorm/double team/swords dance team so i got other people to realise maybe these attacks are in the game for a good reason.
3rd Gen team
Kingdra - sub Starmie (higher def and speed)
Alakazam-Shiny -sub sableye
Metagross -sub mawile (for baton pass)
My team has always kept a similar structure, i could choose to use best, but pokemon alows your to pick what you want to win with (or lose with...i know cacturnes crap)
Emerald came as a good challange for me as i had something to put my team against wth the battle frontier... but still its a bitch (Damn guillotine pinsir and ohko's)
i managed to get a few of the brains defeated but more of my friends stopped playing and we had distance to stop us fighting one another.but this was soon solved with the 4th Gen.
The 4th gen was very good as it added a very crucial thing: Online play with this i can put my teams against who and what i want .
It also added the usual, a lot more items,pokemon and attacks to the mix alowing more diversity to peoples roosters.
With each Gen of pokemon more things are added and built on, what seem like a simple game to some can be very ndepth if you want it, you can make your own team, use your favourites, or just use what other people use to win if u must.Its the variety that makes me like this game so much. i just cant wait for the next one to come along. (please give us a mmorpg one day)
Curret gen (4th) Team
Sandslash -Marowak (for catching)
Carnivine - sub cacturne (sandstorm)
Kingdra -sub starmie (quicker)
Alakazam - sub sableye (badass)
Metagross -sub mawile (baton pass)
Salamence -sub drifblim (both can fly)
"you know whats important Win with your favourites" - e4 Karen
"I like shorts there easy and confortable to wear" - better random quote