Here's the article itself: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,34342-1,00.html
My family still plays this game today. We really need an updated version.
I can agree it worked surprisingly well, I could see there being a huge following in the west for tabletop Pokemon games.
Holy shit I remember reading that when I was younger.
It was the Pokemon book with Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar that got me into reading at a young age though. I remember before touching those I would avoid reading because I found it extremely boring, but I loved that book so much I just sort of became a black hole and read everything in the library till I graduated. Holy shit I'm extremely nostalgic now for it and want to read it again.
I did, my gay as lying friend told me that they also had hologram stadiums that I could battle in after the show was done. I brought my gameboy and everything cause I was a stupid kid who believed anything
Does anyone remember/have pictures of this fucking novelization of the 1st gen games? All I really remember about it was that it was basically just a yellow book with just Pikachu on the cover.
I remember when i ate some of those cookies.
Damn they tasted like heaven, maybe now they would taste like shit but when i was a kid those cookies had a celestial flavor. Just because it was pokemon.
Damn, I'm a big nostalfag.
me and my friends have been playing this recently, we made a variation where to have to battle a gym leader in each town and get their badge in order to progress, made the game the longest thing we've ever played so never again
>my RBY games all still work
>my GSC games all have dead batteries
Is this just coincidence or did they use shitty batteries the second time around. Anyway has anyone tried changing batteries, is it easy to do?
GSC batteries wore out faster due to the fact they had to keep track of time. Just replace them, it'll be okay. There's a ton of guides on how to do if you don't know how to. It's literally a ten minute job.
>Tfw when you were still in diapers while people were living out the hype times to the fullest
>Tfw most of this was around to shape the fates of countless of people, but not yours
>Tfw there are people who can literally say this defines their childhood and eventual life
>January 8, 2000
>soon this will be a vintage memorabilia like concert tickets from the sixties and seventies
>2000 feels like a technological age ago
>the coffin looks right behind the corner
Why did Poliwhirl fail to become one of the key flagship pokemon?
Was it just lack of anime appearances? He's one of the most unique and eye-catching designs, and they were pushing him a little back in the day.
I was at the perfect age of 7 when the hype hit big time.
Old enough to understand how to play the games, not old enough to understand most shit beyond type advantages.
Playing the games felt like a literal adventure.
Also, was at the perfect age for suckering parents into buying me all the shit.
I got a handful of images I took of all my shit a while back.
>tfw was 9 and 10 when hype was real
shit was hard in middle school though. I played Gold religiously and I became bullied for being "that Pokemon kid."
It had no role in the anime and was not very prominent in the games either. They probably felt like they didn't need to push more mascots at the time. I can totally understand that. but it's still a shame because I really like Poliwhirl.
I'm almost 28 and was alive and well for the Gen 1 hype. I also have fond nostalgia for Ruby and Sapphire. In fact, there hasn't been a mainline hype/release cycle I haven't enjoyed, and I still look forward to whatever comes next. So this old fart is saying to stop acting like an old fart, they're total buzzkills man.
Here we go, and two other monuments from my pokemon story
>Letting media define your life
That's pretty silly.
I feel sorry for pokéfans who didn't live the golden ages.
Pokémon was way too big. Such an experience lived by a young and impressionable kid can't be explained into words. It was your addictive fantasy world breathing alive at every corner of the real life world, it appeared on the news, on school, on the supermarket, on the cereal and milk you drink every morning. Your friends knew about it, your distant cousins knew about it, the bullies at school knew about it, those poor third worlder kids knew about it, your church, teachers and everyone knew about it. It had no competition and the entire capitalist machine working to support it.
The social and technological state of the world in the late 90's was at the exact point to turn anything big into an unstoppable monster. And Pokémon took that place.
That was hanging in my room along with that Nintendo Power Calendar.
The poster in question, BTW. (Not mine)
It was up well into 2000.
>tfw I was a poorfag
>all the rich and middle class kids with their baordgames and gameboys and official TCG cards and stuff
>I could only watch the anime and observe their toys
and steal their cards and pogs
I gave mine away sometime during gen3 like a retard. Though, I have my Gen3 pokedex still.
I found this dex at a thrift store last year for a few bucks, so I bought it. Batteries are still good and all.
>My older cousin has all of them and the pepsicards
>Refuses to sell them to me
TFW when RBY come out on 3ds we can have a wall checklist again.
Actually I wouldn't mind a gen 6 or 7 wall checklist, just seems like it would be way too big.
I remember having the pikachu one of these and spending a long time carving it out.
Anyone remember those lunchables that had like cards or something you could cut out of the packaging?
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE RED POSTER WITH THE BLACK AND WHITE POKEMON AND YOU STUCK COLOUR STICKERS ON AND HAD TO COLLECT 'EM ALL GODDAMN THAT SHIT WAS TIGHT NIGGA HOW YOU EVEN GET THOSE STICKERS I FORGET
>born in poor country
>gameboys and nintendo stuff used to cost a small fortune
>first actual pokémon game I got was Soulsilver
fuck, I wish I could have had more opportunities to get Pokémon shit back in the day.
And the list. Always thought anything not on this list was considered a Rare Pokemon
>1999 was over 50 years ago...
>I got you some of those pokey-man cards you've been asking for anon! Happy birthday!
Who know this feel?
It's heavy, and feels like one when I shake it.
But nice try anon, can't fool me.
>tfw there is a fresh, unplayed game with a perfect label on it and a never before read instruction booklet inside
It is tempting, I'll tell you that.
My stepdad had this lying around in his storage unit for like 15 years ago.
A few years back he was having a garage sale, and I saw it sitting in a plastic tupperware container. Had the sticker "videogame, $5" on it.
Asked him where he got it and why it isn't opened, he told me he got it as a gift for someone's kid he was dating years ago but they broke up and he never got to give it to her.
Keep in mind he's like 46 and knows nothing about videogames.
This is the real deal.
i have the soundtrack for red, blue, and green. would anyone be interested in a flac rip?
nah I saw the show and liked it of course cause I was a kid, but afterwards I looked stupid asking the usher where the hologram battle arena was
Nah I just felt stupid, and I don't talk to that faggot anymore
>pushing gen 1 everywhere, to the point where there's pokemon on fucking poptarts
>putting pokemon on a car to celebrate the 10th anniversary
>OMG FUCKING DISGUSTING STOP LIKING GENS I DON'T LIKE REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Feel free to cry some more, genwunner. After all, there's no such thing as 'too much water'.
How are they supposed to justify spending tens of thousands of dollars on marketing gimmicks like that Hummer if it's plastered with old, outdated products? They want you to buy their new products, that's the -entire point-.
All too well. I joined the hype after having moved across the country, where every kid on the block was obsessed with Pokemon and had the cards.
Begged my parents for weeks to get me some cards, eventually they got me those. Sucked big time (until they bought me a starter deck for my birthday).
These were the only three I kept out of the 15+ Chanseys I ended up with back then. They're a little beat up, and one has what I think is bite marks from a cat.
In Kindergarten we had what was called the "treasure chest" where we could pick a toy to keep on Fridays if we had perfect behavior for that week. We could also donate toys, so I was dumping my spare Chanseys there. I also gave some to my cousin. Never once did I get a Charmander or Poliwhirl, and I wanted them so bad.
Now that I'm thinking about them, I'll probably hit up eBay so I can settle a 15 year old delima.
They were amazing, what were you smoking? If I had to put a flavor to nostalgia, those poor arts would be it.
Forgot pic too.
This is why I hate mobile
Those are an especially notable collector's item.
There was a massive scare and recall after some dumbass kid put one in his mouth and choked to death because he thought the pokemon inside was candy.
I remember owning a poster like this except the mons were arranged in a spiral going from inside-out, I think with a yellow background too. Also had one that was landscape-alligned and had a black background, but I don't remember if it had strictly Gen 1 mons on it or if it included Gen 2 stuff too
Are you talking about the Nintendo Power promo video?
>tfw can't find the original rip so I had to link to a version with a faggot talking at the beginning.
If you got the game as a kid why on Earth would you not open it? Did he buy you two just so you could have one that you wouldn't open? This doesn't make sense to me anon I need some answer before I go crazy.
if youre still around senpai, buy the chinese bootlegs. Some look like shit but some look quite nice desu, i got 48 for like 8 quid and kept about 30 of them, the others looked like chernobyl survivors
Lol my mom hates this thing for the noise it made. I somehow still have it, it sits on a bookshelf in my living room haha.
>tfw family wasn't that wealthy way back when I was living in New York
>tfw I was like 3 or 4 years old
>Mom turned my room into Pokemon incarnate with Yu-Gi-Oh bedsheets
>Giant Pikachu plushie always greeted anyone who walked in
>have literally none of the stuff in my room anymore
>still have the Yu-Gi-Oh bedsheets
FUCK man this hits me so hard. as a kid I made custom rules like this guy >>25068050 and having the first player to reach Indigo Plateau be the "champion" until the next player gets there an then they battle... its sort of a king of the hill type game after you get all badges.
fucking FUN times.
All of this.
I have no words. Just fond memories and tears for what once was.
>You know our family is poor but look at the present your uncle just sent you! It's what you have always been asking for!
I actually had this one, i hated it desu, it was loud and had the scariest robotic pikachu voice ever
have any of you ever been to the pokemon theme park? its abandoned now with the pokemon there still
my mistake sorry! they're not mine, i just thought they were old
I have this one. Spent hours looking for the Raticate evo we're seeing the back of and the Charizard/Paras/Exeggcute hybrid in the game before reading the cover art was an artist's interpretation of a trainer battle
Found this shit today.
Crazy thing was, this happened the same day as the 1999 NYC Gay Pride Parade.
Also my mom was being a fucking helicopter mom and bitching at the officials when I lost, meanwhile I was having a blast just having people to actually play the game with.
I had a pokemon website affiliated with what is now bulbapedia (bulbasaur's magical garden) and met most of my life long friends through the major pokemon websites. Now I can hardly find anything in the wayback machine around those glory days. Most of us were 10-15 years old, but our sites were top notch for the day.
>Get image related
>Get tons of booster packs and starter packs
>Get a $100 walmart gift card I used to buy a gameboy color and pokemon yellow
I don't know where any of those things are now. I really wish I had that rad pikachu blanket still.
I missed most of it. I only really got into the anime and it was mainly reruns of the original series. Pokemon johto was pretty cool though. I never got into the games because I probably couldn't afford it. I eventually got a GBA but it was stolen so I never even got to play gen 3 games. I got a couple of pokemon cards which was pretty fun to have but not to play. I think I missed most of pokemon because I was also into yu-gi-oh and digimon. I eventually got back into pokemon but I missed most of "pokemania" even if I was there for most of it. The people who got most of it were the people who went full pokemon from day one and never stopped. On average people like me would never get into anything that much.
Nope, Tazos came as a promo from Sabritas (Mexican Lay's). They are made of plastic and not cardboard like Pogs.
I remember kids literally trowing the snacks off the baggies to get more tazos.
Still have a bunch of them. I'll post a few pics if you don't mind.
In series 2 we got evolutions and cool animated ones.
Some of them also have stickers (I didn't peel them)
Gen II came later. (as series 3).
All kids loved them, everyone likes Cheetos, Doritos, Ruffles, etc.
Kabuto was my first one. I vividly remember getting it, during my first year at school, a sunny day with snacks flavor.
Oh god, and now I'm in my last year of university. It's the end of a cycle and Pokémon has been here all along.
More from Gen II.
I honestly don't remember my first one but we used to trade a lot.
Anyone remember back when Jynx was black?
Finally, these are from the latter series. I was in high school when they came.
Metallics, with rubbery edges, with fuzzy texture (Azurril & Pikachu), shinies and prismatics!
Speaking about high school, I remember fondly a nerdy otaku young couple in the morning shift. They were always together and often took their Gameboys SP to school. Honestly I was a little jealous, she was really cute with glasses and all.
>tfw no qt gf to play poké
>Living in shitty NYC suburb in the late 90's
>Too poor to afford a N64
>Cousin in NC has one and it's the shit
>She also has a bunch of Pokemon stuff
>Watch the anime and get a bunch of merch
>Get a GBC right at the end of the hype
>First game was Yellow
>Few years later buy Silver on eBay
>tfw my Yellow game still works
>tfw my mother taught 4 year old me how to read with his
I miss her
Who else had loads of these and built a stadium out of VHS tapes for them to battle in, with green toy soldiers as the trainers?
I can't be the only one....