How old are you, Pokémon Fans? (Renewal version)

View Poll Results: How old are you? In which year range were you born?

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  • After 2000

    6 1.32%
  • 1997-1999

    10 2.19%
  • 1995-1996

    42 9.21%
  • 1993-1994

    85 18.64%
  • 1991-1992

    92 20.18%
  • 1986-1990

    154 33.77%
  • 1980-1985

    54 11.84%
  • Prior to 1980

    13 2.85%
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    黒い王様 Archaic's Avatar Webmaster
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    Default How old are you, Pokémon Fans? (Renewal version)

    The old thread was getting a bit out of date, with the original thread having been open since March 2006, so here we go again. So that we don't have to do this again (well, not until the bottom bracket gets to about 15 or so), the poll this time is done by birth year ranges, not absolute age. Feel free to talk about your first experience(s) with Pokémon in this thread as well, if you like, not just your age.

    As for myself...I'm turning 23 in a few weeks, born in 1984.
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    Born in 1980, which makes me 27 as of this posting.

    My first experience with Pokemon was when I was 17 and working in the school library. I heard about this show that gave kids seizures, so I tried to look it up online with a friend's brother, but we couldn't remember the name, so we tried varieties of "poker". Yeah, what can I say?

    Later that year (after my birthday and after moving to Oregon), I saw a show that sounded familiar. I was all "Hey, might as well see what the fuss is about," so I watched it and I was hooked. Then I got a starter deck of the cards and a copy of Red for my much-neglected Game Boy (the old brick ones), and was even *more* hooked.

    So yeah, that's my story.

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    Well, I think I was four or five in Brissy and I saw the show once on Cheese TV, which is now Toasted TV - yeh weird names for TV shows. Anywho, I think my brother got me into it, buying me games and those little training card things and i was hooked! I personally like when Johto came out, because I loved Chikorita! Because, well, it was the first *girly* starter, and i still do! ^^ Ermm....that's pretty much it. I'm now 12 and not much people in my class like Pokemon, apart from me cuz that is - unless, people hide that they have a secret infatuation with pokemon. So, yeh....I only came here by chance and it's really been fun because Bulba is much nicer than much forums, and i finally got to meet people, well some people MY age who actually can be bothered to chat with me about Pokemon and socialising with each other. Instead of like people posting 'yeh I like your story blah blah blah...' there are actually PEOPLE who talk!

    Anyways, back to point. I spend most of my time now, writing fics with others, talking to my cuz about it at school sometimes - mostly in creative writing, drawing fan art, and making banners, and going to my website and trying to work on a pokemon page. So yeh, that's pretty much what I do.

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    Born in 1974, age 33 as of now.

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    1987-er, currently 20. First experienced Pokémon in around 1997/1998, when I was 10/11 years old. Got into it around 1999/2000, left around 2002/2003, came back in late 2004/2005.

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    I'm 21 currently. I got into Pokemon around '97, right about the time it was starting to take off in the US. I was really into it throughout middle school but I lost interest around 2001, shortly after GSC were released. I kept a passing interest in it but I didn't really get back into the fandom aspect of it until this summer when I was watching my girlfriend's younger cousin one night. He's really into Pokemon so we got to talking about it and I realized how much I still enjoyed the games. I dug out all my old cards and games and other Pokemon paraphernalia and started looking up current happenings in the Pokemon world. I learned about Diamond and Pearl so I invested in a DS and a copy of Diamond. Now Pokemon is my current obsession again, although I have no one to share that interest with except people on the internet and a couple of my friends. So I'm back into the Pokemon fandom and have been obsessively collecting more Pokemon goods, such as an awesome t-shirt I found at Target, which I've only seen at that one Target store, even though there are about 20 Targets in my area, and the Diamond and Pearl stylus set that Gamestop gave away when you preordered the games. Now I just need to build up my trading card collection, but that's what garage sales are for.

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    Good call Archaic. At least this way age groups can remain static even as people on the forums get older. --


    I'll just go ahead and restate what I said in the old thread [with very minor changes]:

    I'm 19 now, barely part of the '87 crowd [my birthday falls toward the latter end of December]. I've been a fan since Pokemon landed in the US in the fall of '98 (11 years old).

    I can remember my very first experiences with the card game. Me and my friend
    disregarded the rules and tried to use them like real pokemon. Good times, good times.

    Now I'm a bit more laid back as a fan, but I'm all ears when anything good pops up like
    a new game or watching the dubs every now and then.
    Last edited by Rayne; 30th October 2007 at 11:01 PM.

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    Am I seriously the only one 1990-1992?

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    I'm an '85er and I'm 22 now. I agree that this is a better idea because the other one really did become inaccurate.

    I don't remember the age I became a Pokemon fan, maybe I was 11 or 12, because I knew a bout the series about a year before it came out in the US.

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    Am I seriously the only one 1990-1992?
    Give it some time, I guess, there probably a lot more younger members here now, so soon there will be more. (Unless they don't want to publically display their birth year)

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    I was born 1990 so im 17 now.
    I got into it in 1998 (when i first saw the TV show on SMTV live), then begged my mother to buy me the games.
    Went off the tv show around 2002 (peer pressure sucks),but i've always liked the games, and damn anyone who says any different.
    I got back into the tv show last year when i found out my girlfriend likes pokemon and i can watch it with her.

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    Damnit....just realised that I'd left the poll options with some overlap. Hopefully now that it's fixed, no one got displaced.
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    I'm 21. Been with the show since episode 7. I've been also taping the show since episode 7. Can you imagine how many VHS tapes I have with 500+ Pokemon episodes, not to mention all the custom DVD's volumes I make for the Japanese version, I must be insane. Plus I own every Pokemon game there is (minus Puzzle League).

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    my obsession started about 2001, i never cared alot for the shows, i really like the gameboy color games and the TCG i got out of pokemon around 2002 or 2003, and am just now getting back in the game... as a collector of the base set cards

    oh and i forgot to mention, im 18 i was born in '89
    Last edited by zach_and_spencer; 20th October 2007 at 05:10 PM. Reason: left out my age

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    '86er here, 21 years old, and got into the concept in late '99, when I recieved Pokemon Blue for Christmas. At the time, all I knew about the game was that it was supposedly a good RPG, which was enough reason for me to throw it up on the list. Not too long after, I picked up a free Pokemon magazine in Sweden, which printed an adaption of episode 4 in addition to various worthless gameplay "hints", and I remember being confused as to why the second gym leader from the game was hanging out with Ash (I had picked up that name from an article I had found, claiming that was the name of the game's hero) in Viridian forest. Early 2000, I told some friends about this Pokemon comic I had, and was told that there was a Pokemon cartoon running on TV each sunday. I made sure to catch it the next episode, the third one, and followed the series from that point on until it was cancelled 2 years later (well, technically 3, but the last of these years were all reruns). I had picked up Pokemon Gold at the time, but the games were never really my main point of interest.

    At the time Advanced Generation debuted on TV over in Japan, and I found some downloadable episodes online, I got back into the fandom, watched the new Japanese episodes as they were coming out, while attempting to get my hand on the Johto episodes I had missed out on. The anime eventually started airing again in Norway, picking up with season 6, but at the time I had already seen all these episodes, and wasn't really interested in getting up really early to watch a not-so-good dub of material I had seen before.

    Eventually picked up both Fire Red and Ruby, but never actually beat them (got Jirachi, Deoxys and Mew, though), and haven't gotten around to buying DP yet. As I said, the games were never my favorite part of the franchise, and I easily tire of such extremely easy RPGs (yes, I know, it's deep, but the main quest is still easy and tiresome as all hell). It took me two years to beat Golden Sun, and I'm still not sure how I managed to not ignore the entire game, since it wasn't particularly fun at all.

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    Born in 1983, I'm 24. I first discovered Pokémon in the form of the show in mid '99, I was 16 and taking my GCSE exams. I first heard about it on a children's news show I just happened to be watching, thought the "little yellow thing" looked cute and made a mental note to keep an eye out for the show, a little while later I found it and gave it a watch. My first reaction was pretty much "Well, the people in this are weird, but the little monsters are so cute!" and I just kept watching! Ah, those were the days, I told my friends about the show that year and they hadn't even heard of it at the time XD

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