I remember it as though it was yesterday. I was seven-years old and watched Fox Kids when this new show was announced. Pokemon they called it. I was only remotely interested. The first five minutes did not seem that interesting to me so I switched to another channel. The next day I tried again, and I was hooked. For years I collected cards, played video games, basically bought any kind of merchandise I could get my hands on. I went to the Pokemon Movies in theatres, I watched every episode multiple times and when anybody asked me what I wanted to be, I would answer with: “Pokemon Trainer.” While everybody else moved on, I stayed stuck in my Pokemon phase. While I may not collect everything anymore, I still play the video games and I still get excited when big Pokemon news is announced.
Luckily I am not the only one. A lot of my friends share my enthusiasm for the pocket monsters. As a matter of fact, it seems like many people in their twenties have re-discovered the Pokemon craze. It’s not just for kids. We grew up with it. It is part of our childhood and thus of who we are, no matter how dramatic that sounds.
The other day, this kid in my class kept showing me images from this “Who is this Pokemon game?” I got them all correct. He told his friend and his friend came up to me. “Miss, how do you know all these Pokemon?” And I smiled and started to tell this whole story of how Pokemon started when I was young (and he did not exist yet. God I feel old now). I know I’ve been told many times that it is weird that I still enjoy playing the Pokemon games, but why would it be? As an adult you already have enough to deal with, so going back to your childhood great to relax.
Anyway, you can imagine I lost my shit when they announced a new mobile app called Pokemon Go! It basically means you can catch Pokemon in real life, wherever you are. You can battle your friends and trade. Basically every Pokemon game in the real world. And while it sadly will not be like the trailer, I am still incredibly excited about it.
My childhood dream of becoming a Pokemon trainer is sort of coming true. My friends and I have already planned dates to go out and catch Pokemon. It may seem childish to some, but to me and many other people who grew up with the first generation of Pokemon, this is truly a dream come true. 15 years too late, but hey. We’ve been patient enough.
Will you be installing Pokemon Go and will you go out to catch them all? Let me know!