August 14, 2016
I toyed with not writing an intro because when I write them they inevitably end up being a wafflefest, heading off on ridiculous but tenuously linked tangents that make you wonder why you are reading this in the first place. I will aim to keep it short and sweet, like a Togepi. [Ed – wrong generation, there…[Ed Ed – Always wanted to do this since I read the Beano but never had a chance]].
My name is Matt, I’m 27, I’m from a place called Ilkeston, near Nottingham, and I am a self-confessed geek/nerd/dweeb/dork. You could say I’m a hipstergeek because I was a geek before it became cool to be geeky. Growing up I wasn’t always the most sociable and I didnt always have lots of friends around me [Ed – looks like you will be getting a bit of blog in here then.]. I did my homework all the time. I read lots. I used to roleplay online as a made up wrestler where the best writer won the match. Geek.
Part of that was Pokemon. I was right in the thick of it from day one the first time round and always have been. I collected the cards, hooked from my second pack when I got a shiny Mewtwo, and even more hooked on my seventh pack when I got Shiny Charizard (the amount of trades I turned down on that is ridiculous). I also watched the anime – Saturday mornings on SM:TV became a ritual (“Pikachu! Pikachu P-p-pikachu! SMTV will make you Poke-tough, 9:25 every Saturday, don’t be a Jigglypuff. Ah yeeeeeah!”) and of course I played the handheld games.
I played them every evening after school. I plugged in my light/magnifier combo under my quilt to play them until the early hours of the morning and I even played them constantly on holidays abroad with my family – I once spent a whole day grinding Safari Zone to get the best ‘Mons).
I’ve experienced the highs (beating Elite 4 and catching all the legendaries) and I’ve experienced the heartbreaking lows (my brother’s save being overwritten by a keen cousin who thought ‘New Game’ wouldn’t delete the old one) and everything inbetween and this challenge has come at the right time for me.
I’ve been following Pokemon ever since, but lately the news of Gen 7 and Sun and Moon have been grabbing my eye. I’d decided to replay one of the older games again as a build up to the winter release anyway, and then I saw the Facebook post advertising this challenge. There are just two things wrong about this:
Aside from that I’m ready to go. I don’t have a set game plan, and I won’t be giving my Pokemon silly names, and as a dad I will probably make plenty of jokes that I think are hilarious but really aren’t, but this is a great time to be alive. In years to come when Gen 13 introduces the 1500th Pokemon, and my son picks up his Nintendo 3D VR Holoboy 3 to play Pokemon Wind and Rain (or whatever they get to by that point) I will say: “Hey son, did I ever tell you about the time I wrote a blog for the infamous Pickymon challenge?” and he’ll reply “Yes Dad, every month, now shut up I need to get this Helicofagus (Ghost/Steel type Helicopter Pokemon) to level 80 before I get to Victory Road”, and then I’ll pour myself a glass of Jack Daniels and wonder where the good times went.