Wednesday, 12 August 2015

My Favourite Gaming Series - Blaugust day 12

Seeing as my brain is very tired today I decided to make use of a writing prompt from the Blaugust nook, instead of coming up with my own subject.
Is there any particular game series that you will always be attached to? What is it that makes the series as a whole compelling (as opposed to just a certain game in the series)?
I have thought a bit about this question seeing as I've played through very few series. I didn't play all the Final Fantasy's. I didn't play all the Kingdom Hearts. And they are a few of my favourite series. I think the answer will be Pokémon though.
I have played (and own) Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow; Gold, Silver and Crystal; Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald; Firered (and Leafgreen but gave that to an ex boyfriend as bday present); Diamond and Pearl; Black; Hearthgold; X and Alpha Sapphire.
So yeah, I guess you can state the Pokémon series are my favourite. Pokémon Blue was the very first game I owned on my Gameboy and I nearly finished it. It was one of the few games that got me hooked as a kid and I've been a fan ever since, getting one of the new Pokémon games as it comes out everytime. There has been one notable exception though, I never touched Black and White 2 since I found that concept ridiculous.

I'm not sure as to why I feel this series to be so compelling. I am a collector at heart, seeing the amount of pets and mounts I own in both World of Warcraft and FFXIV, and Pokémon fills my collecting need. Add the fact that there is ever more Pokémon to collect and the game is right up my alley.
I also like the challenges posed in the games in the form of legendary Pokémon. Finding and catching those always gave me a little adrenaline rush. I remember fondly the first time I caught the three legendary birds (Zapdos, Moltres and Articuno) in Pokémon Blue with Ultraballs. It was just as exhilarating to me as catching Kyogre with an Ultraball was in Alpha Sapphire.
It's also a lot of childhood nostalgia, playing the games reminds me of playing the very first one when I was 9 years old. I'm still having as much fun in it today as I had back then.
All of this probably makes me come back to the games time and again... Unless they do something really weird to it.

And ofcourse I want to be the very best, like no one ever was!

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