With the advent of the Nintendo DS console came a new raft of Pokémon games, beginning with the Diamond and Pearl. These games saw the return of features like the real time clock (last seen in Gold and Silver) as well as new features like the Pokétch, an in-game device that allowed you to keep an eye on pokémon left in day-care, view your team without opening the in-game menu, and much more. There were an additional 107 new Pokémon available to catch as well as a post-game National Pokédex, which made Diamond and Pearl compatible with the Game Boy Advance games.
There has always been, I think, a stigma attached to you when you identify as gay. Almost as if when the words "I'm gay" leave your mouth, you're henceforth supposed to be doused in glitter, watch RuPaul's Drag Race on repeat and believe that Lady Gaga is the second coming of Jesus, but with a more outlandish fashion sense.All of which, of course, is pure hyperbole and, in most cases, untrue. Though the last couple of days have left me wondering just why people expect that of me, especially other gay men. Allow me to elaborate.
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and their remakes as Omega, Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire are fantastic games that introduced a whole host of new Pokémon to fans of the franchise, as well as one of the most overpowered legendary Pokémon in Rayquaza (the Mega Evolved form ended up having its own tier created in competitive battling; AG, or Anything Goes). While all the new additions weren't quite that strong, they certainly gave a refresh to game play.
Next in the series of Pokémon games is the Johto based games, Gold and Silver. One major difference with these compared to other games in the Pokémon franchise is that there are sixteen badges to collect as after you finish your journey through Johto, you gain access to the Kanto region.
I should have seen it then;
For the last twenty years, Pokémon has been an ever-present force for Nintendo and Game Freak as well as having an equally prolific run on TV and film. I've pretty much grown up with this franchise and its adorable (and often terrifying) little creatures in every region we visit.