Member List
Log Out
Pokemon Forum - Pokemon Elite 2000  

Go Back   Pokemon Forum - Pokemon Elite 2000 » Intro Boards » Pokemon News

Pokemon News Here you will find the Pokemon news that is on the website, posted here also so you can reply with any comments/questions.

Thread Tools
Old 01-11-2011, 03:35 AM
PokemonElite2000's Avatar
PokemonElite2000 Offline
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: California, USA
Posts: 4,147
Send a message via ICQ to PokemonElite2000 Send a message via AIM to PokemonElite2000 Send a message via MSN to PokemonElite2000 Send a message via Yahoo to PokemonElite2000
Post How Pokemon Changed My Life

I am sure we have all heard those idioms: “one decision you make can impact the rest of your life”. I always believed in such statements, but I never really realized what they meant until pretty recently when I began to look back.

Pokemon Journey

My Pokémon journey began in 1997, with the release of Pokémon Red and Blue in the United States. I quickly acquired a copy of Pokémon Red, and fell in love with the franchise. While I was never particularly good at Pokémon at that point in my life (took me two days to figure out how to go outside), I was in love with this new world. I stuck with it.

Fast forward a few years, and I’m in 4th grade. I was eagerly awaiting my copy of Pokémon Gold and Silver. To bide my time, I sat around, looking at screenshots from Poké

I remember the moment perfectly. It was a screen shot of Ethan (then Gold) facing south. He was standing near the entrance of the Ilex Forest, in Johto. I gasped at the “vibrant” 16-bit shades of green, seeing a new hero in a brand new land. It inspired me.

“I want to make other kids feel like I just felt. I want to make these games too.”

And it was right there, that I wanted to become a video game designer. Of course, being in the fourth grade and being restricted to the dial-up connection in school, I had no means of realizing what went into video game design. I vowed that I would learn and one day work at Game Freak.

I learned all I could about the games and the franchise. I quickly gained a reputation among my friends as a “Pokémon Master”. I could beat anybody with anything, and I knew everything that there was to know. (Or so I thought!)

I completed the Pokédex for the second time in the sixth grade as I awaited the release of Ruby and Sapphire. While looking for any news regarding the Japanese Ruby and Sapphire, I came across a few websites devoted entirely to Pokémon. I fell in love – there were several communities that just existed solely for discussing Pokémon. I was home.

Pokemon to Computers

I learned a lot of skills as I joined these communities. I had a desire at one point to build a website of my own, to cover aspects that other sites didn’t have. I taught myself web programming solely so I could further express my love for Pokémon. The deeper into the rabbit hole I traveled, the deeper I became surrounded less with Pokémon and more with programming. Three years passed and I suddenly found something I was really good at: computing.

I started fixing computers in my spare time, helping my peers, and I quickly gained a reputation as a human cyborg. As I grew older and hit high school, I realized that game design wasn’t particularly my calling, but I knew I had found my home among the computing community. Programming is now my second passion – next to playing Pokémon, of course.

I would say that computing has taken me really far, but I never forgot (and never will) where it all started – playing Pokémon. I stay very connected to Pokémon to this day: as we speak I have another tab with the Pokémon Adventures manga open, and on my desk lays my deck from the TCG. I don’t actively watch the anime, but I definitely keep up. My friends know me as the “guy who plays Pokémon”, and are sometimes impressed scared by my vast knowledge of the franchise. Pokémon is still a driving force for a lot of my projects too, which helps me stay pretty grounded.

I will always be thankful for Pokemon because I can’t imagine what I’d be doing if I were not computing.

Thanks Game Freak, for giving me a sense of direction in the world. You have a fan for life, no doubt about it.

My Pokemon journey continues.

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 10:10 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Style Design: