Back in 1997 when I was in 1st grade, my mom told me about this article she read about some Japanese creatures making their way to the States. A year later, I find myself buying a Gameboy Pocket with my first Pokémon game, Red. I still have it!
|My Gameboy and Pokémon Red. Good times!|
After Pokémon Gold and Silver came out, most of my friends moved on from the series. My middle school days were the darkest times in my adventure. I was somewhat ashamed for playing the series in the first place, and was a closet player.I still played with my little brother, but I didn't talk about it in public. That all ended when Pearl came out and my friends were talking about it. Since then, I've never felt ashamed to say I'm a fan of Pokémon. No matter what people think, you should always follow your passion.
Starting from Pearl, my brother got into the series and we've been having fun ever since. Most recently, we've competed in the VGC competition earlier this year. I did ok (my first match is below. I'm the opposing trainer), but my brother advanced all the way to worlds in San Diego! He made quite a splash in the competitive scene, they even wrote about him in the papers. We were the first in line to meet Shigeki Morimoto and Junichi Masuda, the directors of the Pokémon games! It was pretty tight, not going to lie.
|Meeting Mr. Morimoto and Mr. Masuda|
|My brother's picture used for the newspaper.|
And here we are, it's been over 10 years since the series started and I've been playing since then. I recently restarted my Black version to get ready for the next VGC competition. I usually give out free Pokémon so if you ever want to trade, hit me up. :)
Stephen "Smiles" Ramirtha