Friday, July 20, 2012

Three Reasons Why I Don't Like Pokemon Games (And You Do)

What if I don't want to be 
"the very best like no one ever was"?
I feel like I'm stepping on a very thin and lonely ledge, but it must be done. I grew up watching the anime, collecting the cards and watching the movies, but I never owned any of the games. It's not like I never had access to them. Many of my friends would let me borrow their copies, but I could never make it to the end of one. I can't say that I especially dislike or hate Pokemon games; they just never really appealed to me. Honestly, I think they're boring. This doesn't apply to all Pokemon titles...Pokemon Snap is a technically a game in the series and I loved that one. But after getting a copy of Pokemon Pearl and playing it for a couple days, I remembered why I never had the desire to buy any of the main Pokemon Games.

Reason #3: I don't want to "Catch 'em All".
I get it. All the different species of Pokemon are cool and exciting. All of the special abilities and the various designs...The idea of discovering and capturing each and every one is enough to fire up the "completionist" in all of us, including myself sometimes. But when it really comes down to it, I just don't care.

I have no interest in finding and collecting all of the Pokemon. Especially since I stopped keeping track of the different species after #151 (or stopped being able to keep track). I don't even want to fill up my six Pokemon roster. After getting three or four, I'm set. Yes, I understand that you don't have to catch all of them, but I don't think "Gotta Catch 'em All" would be the slogan if Nintendo didn't intend for you to at least try.

Reason #2: I don't like the repetitive storyline.
Sometimes I need a deep story to keep me interested in a game. I can enjoy a shallow save-the-princess/kill-the-monsters plot, but twists and character development are what really draw me in. Even though Pokemon titles do include side events that add a bit of variety, the meat of the story remains the same: catch Pokemon, train Pokemon, win with Pokemon, rinse, repeat as desired. It feels like everything is always the same in every game; just different people, in a different place.

Reason #1: I don't like Pokemon battles.
That's it right there. I like the game mechanic that the entire series is structured on. To be honest, I don't really enjoy turn based gameplay to begin with. The only game that included it and held my attention for an entire playthrough would have to be Super Mario RPG. I can get into a game with a turn based system, but the novelty of it usually wears off at a certain point. And with Pokemon, that doesn't take long. It's also hard to believe that wild Pokemon would wait patiently for you to think and take your turn, but that's a separate pet peeve of mine best saved for another time.

And there you have it. These are my opinions and I am open and willing to listen to anyone who happens to disagree (I know there's a lot of people out there that do. I'm friends with many of them). I understand that the Pokemon series is made up of a lot of great games; there's no argument there. They're just not my style, I guess. However, I am still waiting for the next Pokemon Snap game... that will ever happen.


  1. I'm a big Pokemon fan, that's for sure. Pokemon Diamond has been my favorite so far. I held off on Black/White because I thought that the sheer number of different species was getting out of hand...that's exactly what I thought before I got Diamond. I thought that Black/White couldn't possibly add anything so innovative to the formula that I should own one.

    My brother'll get into these phases during which he's addicted to one or more Pokemon games. A couple weeks ago, he ran out of games and bought White on a whim. He hated it for all the reasons he thought he might beforehand, so I did him a favor and bought it from him.

    So here I am with Pokemon White. I don't know why I'm always telling myself I won't like the new Pokemon games, because I always end up doing just that: liking them. I love to try and catch 'em all, and I find the turn-based battling of Pokemon to be compelling and very rewarding.

    But I can see where you're coming from, and I love the article! I've never met anyone who likes ALL types of video games.

    1. I love how you keep trying to get away from the series and it just keeps pulling you back in! I keep finding myself playing the games even though I've already decided that they're not my speed and a couple of my friends bought Black/White when they said they wouldn't. They must be doing something right, huh?

      Thanks for the comment!

    2. My pleasure!

      Yeah, I feel like a fish or something, and a really stupid one. But sometimes being stupid can be pretty fun! :)

  2. Wow. Finally somebody that feels the same way about pokemon as me. Holy hell I thought I was the only one.

  3. I agree, but im kind of forcing myself to enjoy the games. I just dont know what they can do to improve them or how they would execute it. Hopefully when i get soul silver i will enjoy it since i dont have to deal with the retarded ass diamond/pearl and newer pokemon. My sincere apologies to anybody who likes them.

  4. Being a user of a business broadband in Australia, I am more hooked to playing online shooting games. :)


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