The previous iterations of Pokemon video and trading card games, and their spin-off cartoons and books never impressed me. In fact, back when P was maybe 7 or 8 and had a mild interest in the cards, he checked a Pokemon story book out of the library. I read it and was absolutely appalled by how awful it was - negligible plot, poorly written, minimally edited or proof-read, without any logic to the story progression… I was frankly astonished that a major corporation would be willing to put its name on such a shoddy piece of junk. It betrayed a profound lack of respect for their customers and, what's more, a lack of respect for their own product. So I’ve rather scorned Pokemon. And yet here I am, carrying my cell phone with me on my evening walks so I can “catch ‘em all.” What’s the difference?
I honestly can’t say I have any interest in Pokemon battles, but it has been amusing to try to collect all the species I happen to see. (I have 41, as of now. P has 72.) I think it’s a wholly new and interesting twist to superimpose a fantasy world over the real world so that the mythical creatures appear to show up in my real environment. So no matter how I may sneer at the Pokémon franchise as a whole, I have to give them credit for doing something genuinely new and interesting with this game. Now we’ll see how long the interest lasts.
[Pictures: Me with an eevee, photo by PGN, 2016;
A venonat on my work table, photo by AEGN, 2016.]