ByJacob Carpenter, writer at Creators.co
Part time thinker, full time gamer. Jake enjoys a plethora of Ninendo games and writes for nowloading and on www.facebook.com/GetMoreXP.
Jacob Carpenter

Now Loading is running a contest, asking people to write an article explaining why they love Pokémon so much. The easy answer to this question is: Why not? Pokémon has so many things to keep players entertained for hours and hours, but Pokémon is quite different from most games. It's easily one of the most nostalgic games of all time, and it is this nostalgia that really explains why people love the games so much.

I can easily talk about the numerous aspects of what makes this game entertaining, but we all already know all those reasons. In other words, to answer this question, it's not about how great the game is, but why I personally have a strong passion for this series.

I Met My Best Friend Because Of Pokémon

An actual picture of us.
An actual picture of us.

When I was 10 years old — yes, the same age that you get your first Pokémon I was sitting next to a guy on the bus that I had never met. He had a Game Boy Color and he noticed that it grabbed my attention. He immediately tilted it and started explaining to me the mechanics of the game. That game was Pokémon Silver. We started the day as two strangers, but by the end of it, it was as if we were friends for years. I'm in my late 20s now and I still talk to said friend every week. I have Pokémon to thank for that.

My First Video Games Were Pokémon

After seeing how amazing Pokémon was, I asked my parents if I could have a Game Boy Color. I had played games in the past, but I've never actually owned one myself. That Christmas, I opened up a gift to find a Game Boy Color, along with a copy of Pokémon Gold and Silver. I still remember that excitement to this very day. I didn't hesitate to open the boxes and immediately started playing the games. I put over 100 hours in both of the games. I even still have the Game Boy Color and the two Pokémon games. I couldn't bear to part with them, because they have so much significance to me.

After playing Pokémon, it made me interested to see what other kinds of games were out there, so I started my own video game collection and every time I saved up enough money, I would add more and more to it. Pokémon was the starting point to me becoming a gamer; while I played many different games in the past, it was my introduction to Pokémon that really developed my interest in video gaming.

I Learned How To Manage Money Because Of Pokémon

After Pokémon started my love for video games, I realized very quickly that games are not cheap. At first I would save up just enough for a game and immediately buy one, but at the end of the day I had no money left over if I wanted something else. It became clear to me that if I was really going to enjoy my passion for video games, I would need to pace myself or else I would get so drawn into the electronic arts that it would hinder my ability to do anything else.

I Won A Wii U Because Of Pokémon

It was around the time the Wii U was released when there was an online contest in which you were asked to edit certain wikis on the page, and the biggest contributor would have first pick of the prizes, which included a Wii U. Unfortunately, most of the wikis chosen were for Wii U games, and I knew nothing about those games. Luckily for me, one of the wikis they picked was the Pokémon wiki, which had a completely empty section where the Pokédex should be.

I spend hours and hours filling in all the entries of the Pokédex, which at the time was only up to Generation V Pokémon. I can't tell you how long it took me to finish every single entry and even then I added a lot of other information that I accumulated over years of playing Pokémon. When the winners of the contest were announced, I immediately noticed my username in the first-place position and of course I picked the Wii U as my prize. At the time I won the console, I just got out of college and I was broke, so there was no way I was paying for a Wii U anytime soon.

I Started Going To Conventions Because Of Pokémon

I met Tara Sands, the voice of Bulbasaur.
I met Tara Sands, the voice of Bulbasaur.

Going back to the friend I mentioned earlier, I happened to notice a convention was going on near my hometown. The convention featured an actor my friend really wanted to meet. It was close to his birthday, so as a surprise I went to the convention and got the actor's autograph. I even managed to sneak off with one of my friend's items to get autographed — not an easy feat.

After seeing how awesome the convention scene was, I was hooked. I've been to several different conventions since then, and while Pokémon didn't directly lead to my convention interests, it wouldn't have happened without my love for the series.

I Became A Writer Because Of Pokémon

As I started playing more and more games, I became interested in sharing my gaming experiences. So I began writing about some of the video games that really caught my interest. I wrote on other websites and really started to get a technique for my own way of explaining things.

After that I decided to make my own WordPress page, and one of my video game reviews caught the attention of a Now Loading content manager, which led to my writing here today. Pokémon developed an intense passion in me for gaming. It was out of that passion that I expressed my thoughts in written form and it led to me not only writing about games, but also finding my own technique for self-expression.

So while I absolutely love the Pokémon games for their entertainment value, that has nothing to do with why the video game series means so much to me. There are hundreds of great video games — why should Pokémon be so special? The answer is that my first experience with Pokémon set a series of actions in motion that helped me to find myself.

Pokémon has really shaped a lot of important aspects of my life, from my friends, my hobbies, my habits, my talents and even my vacations. Pokémon played a big role in who I am today, and that's why I'm interested in Pokémon Sun and Moon — because the Pokémon series became more than just a tool for entertainment, it became a defining moment for me that I'm always grateful for. I love the series, I love what it's done for me and I can honestly say that will never change.