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The student newspaper of, by, and for Ames High School.

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Pokemon: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Sixteen years ago, one of the greatest games of all time was released. 16 years ago, a new generation would see the pinnacle of what electronic gaming had to offer. 16 years ago, Pokemon was born. The basic plot of the game is to travel through a region, capture animals with magical powers, beat the gym leaders to gain badges, and last but not least save the world from an evil organization who uses Pokemon for evil instead of good. As a kid, I spent several hours on my old-school Gameboy Color playing what I thought at the time was the greatest creation mankind had to offer. Not only did Pokemon have 4 very successful games selling, it had its own television show. The show started way back in April of 1997 and is (sadly) still going on today. The star of the show is ten-year-old Ash Ketchum. I mention his age because since 1997 he has stayed a ten-years-old for 15 years. Apparently time isn’t relevant in the world of Pokemon. The show is exactly like the game, Ash goes from town to town fighting other trainers, gaining badges, and stopping Team Rocket from capturing his beloved Pikachu. A fun fact about the game every town in the Kanto region is named after a color, which is pretty clever. Pokemon then released three more decent games with Pokemon Gold, SIlver, and Crystal version. After that it was all downhill from there. Eight more Pokemon have released since 2002, and with each game the show followed in its path. Every season is the same old song and dance literally the only thing that changes is characters, but as far as the plot goes nothing has changed. Recently Pokemon released its newest games Pokemon Black & White 2. Being the die hard Pokemon fan that I am I bought the game. Just like the recent games, I couldn’t get into it. I didn’t have the same passion I felt when I was 7 years old. As the Pokemon generation gets older, our tolerance for the new games becomes less.So my advice for the original Pokemon fanatics is to avoid the new games, just stick to the originals.

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