Re: If Pokemon was never invented...
If pokemon never existed....well this might sound strange...but I probably wouldn't have the same amount of interest in Asian history and culture as I do today. Although my initial interests of Japan came from playing "Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon" it was Pokemon that kind of reinforced it, since it's popular.
After pokemon, I started to gain a lot of interest in Japan and Japanese culture, then I became interested in China and Chinese culture, especially the Republican era (1912-1949....yeah, it's pretty strange and scary that Pokemon somehow relates to Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek and Yuan Shikai in way or form)
User of Fighting, Steel and Electric types.
My dream team: Machamp, Magneton, Ampharos, Skarmory, Hariyama, Electabuzz