By Frederikke Haure-Petersen
If you are born in the 90’s you must remember playing the Pokémon games or watching the show. Even though the first Pokémon game was created in 1996 it still holds its spot in the top 20 highest selling console games of all time. The question is, why are gamers still playing it?
Firstly, in my opinion, most Pokémon are cute and there are a lot of them- 718 to be exact. Most people like myself want to become the ultimate Pokémon master and collect and raise them all which is time consuming but there is a great deal of comfort and familiarity in doing so. Secondly Pokémon never die unlike most games like Sims were you spend countless hours making them grow up and go to school they will eventually die (unless you cheat of course). Thirdly in the newer versions of the game they show emotion. They will walk behind you and when you turn around and talk to them and they will tell you if they are happy or sad or even give you a hug. Lastly it can be what you want it to be. It can be a hard-core game involving advanced strategies or just a casual experience where you catch cute or awesome looking Pokémon who are there to be your friends. It can also be a collect-athon in which one obsessively tries to catch’em’all or it can just be a game about you and your Pokémon simply becoming the best team possible and defeating the elite Four.
Even though the game is aimed at a younger audience many adults still play it because it is familiar and fun. When I tell people that I will, on occasion, still take out my Gameboy and play Pokémon I am met with looks of confusion because why would I, a 19 year old female still be playing Pokémon? Am I really that childish? The answer is probably yes, I will admit I love the game. I grew up with the game and it holds a special place in my heart.
So get out your Gameboys and start playing because Pokémon lives on and it is still awesome.
You really gotta catch em’ all.