Yeah, definitely. I wouldn't have even joined here if I didn't like Pokemon, nor I would have met a bunch of my friends in deviantArt. It accompained me since my childhood days and it hasn't stopped.
It got me into handheld games, RPGs, and I've even improved my art because of it.
And it's my escape when I want to forget about all the horrible things that happen at school, even though I have good grades, because it's mostly with my class. It just taught me to ignore them all.