Discovering an all-time great as an adult:
If you''ve seen any of my features in the past, you''ll probably know that I didn''t get into games at the time I was young, like a PS2, a Game Boy Advance SP, a Nintendo DS, and a Wii, but pretty much all of the games I played were girly horse-related, Barbie, or licensed Disney Channel spin-off games.
I had a fantastic time playing these games (which have merit in their own right) but I''d be lying if I said I was not disappointed in retrospect that I missed out on some of the all-time greats. The good news is that now im an adult with my own time and money, and am fortunate enough to have a position focused on games, which means I can return and play any game I want.
The first choice was the series, as much as Harry Potter, the franchise was completely banned in the fundamentalist Christian circles my family ran in. I spent my entire life failing to see what all the hype was about with those little pocket monsters, and eventually, I decided it was time to do so.
My closest friends are all avid skaters, so they were helpful enough to assist me on my journey. Leaf Green was the chosen game to start me on, and it was unanimous: Leaf Green. So, my best friend downloaded an emulator, and we met Professor Oak.
I am a beginner who can avoid playing a game sometimes without paying attention, so he decided to stop me and let me know what a great deal it was to pick my first starter, which is perhaps one of the most significant decisions one can make in a game. He also said that this was the kind of decision that youd talk with your friends at school, and that others would classify what kind of person I was based on, like a star sign.
After a long deliberation, I decided on Bulbasaur, and never regretted it once more. He is evidently the finest starter (a significant factor for me), and Venusaur came in full swing on a few occasions in the late game.
I believe that the old games I love most is their simplicity, yet effective they are. I must admit that after playing some of the newer games on my Switch, I understand how theyre iterations of the traditional formula, but I have to agree with the supporters who claim that the modern games aren''t comparable to the original ones.
As I got through Leaf Green, my friend encouraged me to look at it as if I was a kid on release day, and it clicked for me. I know for its time, it was one of the most advanced titles out there, but going back to it now, the game design of the early series is really preserving. It''s simple and streamlined in a way I wish more modern games would replicate.
Although it feels great to play today, I can also see it as a result of its time it takes a while to get through, and it is likely to feel somewhat depressing, but in 2004, youd sit down with your Game Boy and play it in summer. With enough imagination, thats a feeling I try to channel when I sit down to play it myself.
Pokemon Leaf Green is a game I wish I had played as a kid. As many cash-grabbing licensed games are, pretty much everything I played when I was little was mechanically shallow although my love of Hannah Montana and High School Musical was enough to help me through.
It''s not just something fun to do in my spare time, but also to assist heal my inner child as cheesy as that sounds. Plus, it''s pretty amazing to understand why is the GOAT now. I have a lot of games to play, which means I have a ton to look forward to, from whom I was never given permission for a long time.