I've been hanging around GS forums for a while, and GabuEx is one of the smarter members there. With forum members constantly whining about "casual" games taking over the industry, blogs like that are a breath of fresh air.
I couldn't agree with this guy more.
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*claps* Great article. ^^ This would probably be a good read for kids at the "bullying because of likes" age.
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That's awesome. Although I think he could have varied his sources more--he talks mostly about the games, but all his Pokémon pictures save for the one of himself with the games are from the show.
This guy is right.
Fundamentally, we're conditioned by society as we grow up to make something of ourselves. That development occurs up and through high school and probably why that stage in life may feel pressuring. Beyond that, I've found that at this age (20+), you can like almost anything and not get serious flak for it if you only give it a casual mention. Once you've grown into 'your' personality, people don't see much of a reason for someone to 'change' anymore and just accept them for who they are. That's just my experience.
Regional think on how people are 'expected' to grow still exist, but in all truth, life would be better off if having to be a certain 'this' wasn't placed as such a priority in our growing up.
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There's a lot of dialogue about being friends with your pokemon and the importance of the points he brings up.
Definitely a very good article. It illustrates exactly why anyone who believes Pokemon to be too 'childish' for people in their teens and beyond are just wrong.
Very good article.
Now I can get this one weaboo who has a grudge against me and tries to attack me for liking Pokemon to shut up xD
I think GabuEx brings up an excellent point of discussion - age does not reflect interest and a more effective way to satisfy someone else's vexation with what you're interested in is to continue what you do and leave it at that. Feeling the way one does is no crime even if getting lost in such muses of nostalgia and yesteryear isn't a natural occurence. Heck, I still love Pokémon, Dragonball, Toy Story, and what not. More "mature" content isn't more mature content (violence, sex, and profanity does not fall in place with being "mature", quite the antithesis... at least, how "sex" is gratuitously displayed in games, films, television, and etc), it's just a way of trying to gain superiority and establish a social and age structure of sorts. I feel most of those "mature" gamers are interested in "kiddie" things as well in their heart it's just too mortifying for them to openly admit to that, so they decide to in turn belittle others who do show their like for that as a response (rather than back up their so-called "superiority" by using their "mature" content). And "Kiddie" games can be just as deep as "mature" games.
But don't get me wrong, I love "mature" games and general media as much as the next person. Gears of War? Call of Duty? Halo? Half-Life? Crysis? Bioshock? Unreal? Doom? Quake? F.E.A.R.? Elder Scrolls? Far Cry? (though I do feel the franchise of Halo and Gears of War is a tad overrated and overly appraised) Heat? Batman Begins? The Dark Knight? Sign me up. I'd love to talk up such things. But I love nostalgia and still love things along Pokémon's nature. I'm going to be 20 next month and in that regard I doubt I'll change even a decade from now. My own preferences are my own preferences, just like everyone's own preferences are everyone's own preferences. Everyone has their own interests. Someday soon I wish these pseudo-"mature" gamers and folk would accept and respect that...
Last edited by ShadowDeeps; 25th November 2008 at 07:28 PM.
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