What is Pokemon?
There are Smogonfags and Karenfags, people who raise their Pokemon and people who catch ‘em all wild.
There are competitive battlers and breeders and even coordinators.
There are furries and ficfags and shippers and Garybombers and Spidermen.
But none of that really defines Pokemon. What defines it is your very first Charmander or Mudkip or Turtwig. What defines it is that team that grew from that, the journey you went on. It’s about learning about branch evolutions and held items. Those glitches and lies you’d tell about Pikablu and getting behind Bill’s house. It’s about how you made friends through battling and trading with people in school and in your home town. It’s about a community that has become worldwide. It’s about this community, one that you’re a part of as you read this very board.
So before you say that Generation III sucks… before you bitch about how Red is an aspie… before you fap to that Gardevoir… before you complain about how Smogon ruined the game…
Remember your journey, and what it’s all about.