I was listening to a audio review of Pokemon B/W from a website who's reviewer grew up with the franchise and one that never got into it or saw the point. The subject drifted to playstyle towards the middle of it, and the one fan said the PokeDex was one of those things he never did. He would complete the main game, maybe catch the legendaries that were in his version, but he wouldn't be as social as Game Freak designed the game to be. Only battling friends and his nephews who have the game to see who had the better team. He even added that he recognized that the trading aspect has become a marketing ploy by Nintendo, one that he isn't happy with as it goes agains Game Freaks original design intents in making Pokemon a "social game."
This kind of turned my view of the franchise. I never really thought about playing the game this way before. I always play the games with some kind of plan in mind, with certain types and speices to be on my team because they are available in the version I'm playing and fit the niches that I need filled. I never really thought I could make and train a Pokemon team of the ones that I like and just call the game "done."
How do you play? How do your friends play? And with the Wi-Fi battling and trading element, how social is your social gaming now?
If you can't tell, I'm really fasinated by this.