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Life Lessons As Taught By Pokémon

I’m twenty-four and still love Pokémon.  It’s a fact but one that my parents and some of my friends are not overly thrilled about.  “Your hand is going to grow adjoined to the controller if you don’t watch out,” they say.  “That Game Boy is your third hand, you play it so much.”

 

But, on the other hand, there are many positives about being a Pokémon fan, even at the age where many of my friends are graduating college and starting families.  For one, there are a good number of my peers who have gotten into drugs and alcohol.  Why?  They could not deal with life on life’s terms.  The stresses mounted until they just couldn’t take anymore.  In fact, one of them is no longer with us anymore.  He simply could not deal with life.

 

I have a way of dealing with life.  When it gets to be too much, you can find me engrossed in a good game of Pokémon.  While that may not be the healthiest way to deal with things, I am here to say, it’s not the unhealthiest either.  I have yet to see anyone arrested and jailed for playing too much Pokémon.  Neither do I know of anyone who took their life over the game either.

 

Pokémon has given me life.  It has added an enthusiasm that enhances my life on a daily basis.  Oh, I still work and pay my bills.  I have a boyfriend and a good circle of friends.  But what turns me on is a good game of Pokémon.  Learning of new releases of games and even movies excites me and gives me something to look forward to.  I can attest that many people I know do not look forward to anything.  They just go through the motions of life.  Me, I am really looking forward to the new Mega-Evolution of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire soon to debut.

 

There is much to be applauded in the game.  There are characters, like my favouite, Charizard, who has the integrity that I wish more people had.  You won’t find Charizard picking on anyone who is weaker than he is.  No way!  Charizard only takes on those who are equal to him or even stronger.

 

Chesnaught is a true friend to the end.  He will take a lot, personally.  He is a gentle giant.  But mess with his friends and he will breathe fire.  He will go to any lengths to defend his loved ones.

 

Pokemon in general are persistent creatures.  They don’t give up.  Of course there are Pokémon with bad character qualities too but one thing they all have in common is their drive to do what they do and to do it well.

 

Many of the Pokémon have qualities that I hope to develop more of as I play.  Trevor is studious, Shauna is curious and full of wonder and Bianca is a rambunctious kids who is taking steps to mature.  Many of the Pokémon work together and set a great example for team dynamics.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I know where my friends and family are coming from.  I am a twenty-four year old who is obsessed with Pokémon.  Sometimes that does seem a bit odd and perhaps less than ideal.  But it works for me.  I continually lean life lessons that are helping me to push in the right direction and are helping me to become who I want to be.

Growing Up With Pokémon: My Life According to the Game

Some measure their age by music.  There’s the disco era of the 70’s, new wave in the 80’s and Grunge in the 90’s.  Then there are those who mark their age by world events like when Princess Diana died or 9-11.  Me, I gauge my age by Pokémon milestones.

 

I was eight years old when Pokémon was first released outside of Japan.  I remember my brother got one right away.  I was so jealous.

 

By the time I was twelve, I had a Game Boy Advanced and the third generation of games began with “Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire”.  Of course I had to have the enhanced version, “Emerald”, because, after all, my name is…Emerald.  One hundred and thirty-five new characters were introduced and I was in heaven!

 

One of the best days of my life was when Nintendo DS came out.  I was 14.  It was 2004.  Of course I upgraded to the slimmer model two years later.

 

I remember what I was doing when the fourth generation came out.  It was 2006.  I had just gotten my driver’s license so I went right up to the game store and bought one the very day it was released.  Another 107 new species were mine for the taking!

 

My parents were a little concerned that I opted to stay home and play Pokemon and a few other of my favourite games instead of cruising around with friends.  They had bought me a new (used) car and one would think I would be driving around, joy riding with the rest of the kids my age.  But no, I was in the sanctuary of my room, playing games.  I think my parents were secretly happy though because they didn’t have to wonder what I was up to.  They knew.

 

I love “Pokémon Black and White”.  It came out when I was….well, too old to be playing Pokémon.  I think that’s when it sunk in.  I was never going to outgrow Pokémon.

 

Last year about this time, “X and Y” were released.  Not everyone is a fan of “X and Y”, but I sure am.  Through the years with Pokémon, I have made up my mind up not to be overly critical when new games and features are put out and just to be happy there’s something new in the mix.

 

Of the “X and Y’ newbies, I really like Chesnaught.  Although he looks a little rough around the gills, he is a true friend.  He’s calm, cool and collective until someone messes with one of his buddies and then he turns into a ferocious monster. He has the ability to toss over a fifty ton truck with his bare hands.  But when left alone, he is a gentle as a kitten.   I think the real world could learn from Chesnaught’s character qualities.

 

I have attended a few Pokémon tournaments.  I was eighteen the first time and twenty-one the second time.  I didn’t play.  I just watched but regretted that later on.  I was afraid I wasn’t good enough to even play, looking back, I am pretty sure I could have won both of the tournaments.  I plan to compete in one next year and have already started looking at the event calendar.

 

I am looking forward to the release of the new Mega-Evolution Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire that are set to be out soon.  I know what will be on my Christmas Wish List!

 

Growing up with Pokémon is a bit contradictory because gauging my years by Pokémon milestones probably means I have not grown up at all.  But when it comes right down to it, I have to wonder, is staying a kid at heart really such a bad thing?  I hope not!

My Boyfriend Doesn’t Love Pokémon…But He Loves Me!

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You’d think it would be the other way around, the girlfriend tolerating the boyfriend’s obsession with Pokémon.  But in my case, it’s him who puts up with me.  And, quite honestly, I don’t see that changing anywhere in the near future either.

I am a Pokémon fan to the fullest.  I live, sleep, eat and breathe Pokémon.  Pokémon is my passion.  It is the first thought on my mind in the morning when I wake up and the last thing I do before bed.  Sure, I catch a lot of heat over my “addiction”.  Being a headstrong person, I don’t lose much sleep over the opinions of others.

In the past, I have had boyfriends who simply could not deal with my “immaturity” as one called it.  Another even advised me to go to a 12 step program for gaming addicts.  But isn’t that for people whose lives have become unmanageable and the fun has become a problem?  Well, then count me out.  I manage my life fine.  I manage to play a game or two before going to work.  And I manage at least one game every night to unwind before bed.  My Pokémon affair is definitely manageable.

As far as my current boyfriend goes, he doesn’t particularly like Pokémon.  In fact, he thinks it’s a silly game and thinks even less of the movies.  He has mentioned a time or two that maybe I will grow up one day and put to rest my “childish ways”.

No, he’s not a Pokémon fan at all but he is an Emerald fan.  He realizes that Pokémon is part of who I am.  For whatever reason, I was hooked on the game from the first time I played it.  I love the games and the movies too.  And the anime and manga and even the figurines.  I admittedly have Pokémon fever and he knows and accepts that about me.

But ya know what?  My boyfriend is an adventure racer.  He climbs crazy high mountains and goes on endurance quests where he risks life and limb just to finish a race.  He trains most every day and presses his body to do far beyond what it should do.  The doctors have warned him that it’s not healthy to be so obsessed with pushing himself to the limit as he does and I have mentioned that fact as well.  But, he does his own thing and he always will.  He is headstrong too and that’s something I happen to adore about him.

Those who nag and pester me to change my ways may have some valid points.  I am a bit old to be so passionate about Pokémon.  I should maybe spend my time taking a college course or perhaps cleaning my apartment instead.  I could stand to spend a little less on Pokémon games, movies and trading cards.

The problem with changing is that I actually love who I am.  And, I love that Pokémon is such a big part of my life.  It helps make me, “me”.  My boyfriend doesn’t have to love Pokémon as long as he loves ME!

Pokémon For Halloween: Let the Games Begin!

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Halloween is the perfect opportunity for adults to be kids again.  Although I never deny the fact that I am a twenty-four year old kid, it does give me some peace of mind to know it’s more acceptable on this fun and festive day.

 

If you haven’t chosen your Halloween costume, you might want to be a Pokémon character.  Many of them are pretty simple to put together on your own using a little creativity and imagination. Or, you can purchase part or all of your costume from a cosplay shop or even catch a great deal on a used outfit.

 

Being a self-confessed Pokémon fanatic, I am going to dress up like my favourite character, Charizard.  I started looking for my costume early this year and got a real bargain on the full dragon-like suit.  I had thought about making my own but Charizard is a wee bit more difficult than some of the others.

 

Pikachu is pretty simple to pull off.  In fact, I went as Pikachu last year and it was a huge hit with Pokémon fans.  Just dress in a yellow sweatshirt and sweatpants and make a long tail out of yellow fabric.  I used a swim noodle to give it some form and then wrapped it with yellow fabric and added a yellow feather boa onto it with tad of fabric glue.

 

I bought some black poster board and cut a lightning bolt from it and attached it to my back.  Then, I made rabbit ears from yellow poster board and attached them to a yellow head band.  I made the signature black ear tips by using a Sharpie pen.  Last but not least, I painted my face yellow and made black spots around my eyes and on my nose then big red circles on my cheeks.  I had a blast making the costume and of course, had a lot of fun showing it off too.

 

I am planning a small Pokémon get-together this year.  For decorations, I grabbed some birthday party supplies like a piñata, some backdrops and life size standees.  I am mixing the Pokémon theme with Halloween decorations.  A friend is carving some pumpkins for me in some of the Pokémon characters.

 

For entertainment, I am thinking Pokémon charades and Pokémon trivia along with a marathon of Pokémon games and maybe a movie too.  I have requested my guests come in Pokémon attire, which should add a lot of life to the party.

 

Pokémon and Halloween go great together.  It’s the one time of year that we Pokémon fans can live out our fantasy characters and not be teased about being immature.  On Halloween, it’s ok to be immature.  In fact, it’s encouraged.  So, give yourself a break and live it up like me this Halloween, Pokémon style.

Pokémon: Still Lovin’ It

Some people remember the first car or their first kiss.   I remember the first time I played Pokémon.  Yeah, it was THAT good!

 

My big brother had the game on Game Boy but would never let me play.  So, I did what little brothers do best.  I got on his Game Boy and played when he was gone one day.  I was in love, engulfed in the game that stole my heart.  I couldn’t put it down.  My brother assisted me in putting it doing so when he got home.  The punch didn’t bother me though.  It only left a small bruise and was a small price to pay for a darn good play.

 

Times have changed.  Well, somewhat.  I actually own my own Pokémon games now.  At twenty-four years of age, I’m such a kid.  I still love Pokémon.

 

What is Pokémon?  Pokémon is a group of video games that consist of the old classics and new versions as well.  They are produced by Nintendo.  The games have given way to anime, movies, manga and even trading cards and toys.

 

Originally, the games were for Game Boy but are on other platforms too now.  Believe it or not, the name is a Japanese tweak of the words “pocket monster”.There are 754 Pokémon to date, not that I’m counting or anything.

 

Charizard is my favourite without a doubt.  I mean, how can you not love the fire-breathing little guy?   His name is even cool, meaning “charred lizard”.  What I adore about him the most is that he will never pick on someone who is weaker than he is.  The real world could stand to learn a good lesson from Charizard.

 

Pikichu is another one of my favourite characters.  He’s a chubby mouse with long pointy ears.  He is one of the regulars and is considered to be one of the Pokémon mascots.  The game wouldn’t be the same without Pikichu, that’s for sure.

 

There are tons of people around the world who are just as addicted to Pokémon as I am.  There are a number of fan clubs to prove that. I’m a card-holding member.  Many of them are for adults which makes me feel better.  At least I know I am not a total freak and that I’m in good company.

 

There are some things about the game that seem to me should be for adults anyway.  Like the fact that Alakazam has a death sentence of sorts.  With his brain constantly growing, his future doesn’t look all that bright to me.  And what about Spoink?  Cute as cute can be, the energetic little pig bounces around non-stop.  But I would too if to stop bouncing meant I would die.  Spoink doesn’t seem like a good influence for hyperactive kids.  But Pokémon is all in fun, no matter what the critics say.

 

My favourite Pokémon games are Pokémon X and Y.  Why?  I like the new powers of Charizard.  He can mega evolve which is really awesome.

 

I somewhat remember the first time I drove a car.  But cars have come and gone.  Kisses have come and gone too.  Pokémon, though, has been my mainstay.  It has gotten me through some really dark times and has been there to help me celebrate the good times as well.  With Pokémon in my life, I may never grow up.  But again, growing up is over-rated.