Sunday, 2 February 2014

Things what I don't get:Pokemon

I am going to start a series of blogs, of which my GTA one would probably be the first. I am going to call it "Things what I don't get." This one is going to be about Pokemon. With my 3DS being the only Nintendo handheld I have owned, the whole Pokemon game phenomenon has pretty much passed me by. I understand, from the internet and people I know, that Pokemon is a pretty big thing and a nostalgic touchstone for many.

With all this in mind I got a copy of the newest Pokemon (X not Y, though the difference is lost on me). I played a good 6 or 7 hours, waiting for the inevitable love that the internet told me was going to happen. It didn't. I don't think that there is anything wrong with Pokemon X, I just didn't understand why I was playing it. It opens with you playing a kid and you mom telling you that you have picked to do Pokemon and essentially shoved you out the door. No narrative reason why the character was chosen, no story motivation, nothing more than a vague direction to go out into the world and be good at Pokemon fighting, erm because. I get the impression that this is roughly how all Pokemon games starts.