Finally, a song that sums up all my old man complaints about the “good ol’ days” of Pokémon!
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Posted by Shawn Handyside on March 8, 2010 · 4:21 PM 
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114 Responses to “[VIDEO] Pokémon, What Happened To You?”

  1. Shawn Handyside on March 8th, 2010 9:23 pm

    Personally Pokemon kinda died for me after Gold/Silver… I did like the addition of Dark and Steel types.

    Everything after that was just robots with stripes n' spikes!

  2. Roflcopter419 on March 8th, 2010 9:28 pm

    Really? Pokemon sort of died after Ruby/Sapphire for me.

  3. Roflcopter419 on March 8th, 2010 9:41 pm

    This song really reminds me how out-of-the-times people consider me these days.

    Apparently listening to rock music (or anything written before 2000) and playing any game older than 2 years makes me a "relic" in modern society.

  4. AuraMaster on March 8th, 2010 9:42 pm

    I liked the addition of Dark and Steel types, too. But I miss the days when the point of the game was "Gotta Catch 'em All," and not "Gotta complete all the things that don't have any effect on the main storyline."

  5. TalkingBidoof on March 8th, 2010 9:50 pm

    What happened to Pokemon?

    It made infinity dollars, that's what happened.

  6. Roflcopter419 on March 8th, 2010 9:58 pm

    Money: Ruining awesome franchises since before anyone can remember.

  7. Hareoic on March 8th, 2010 10:16 pm

    This makes me very sad.

  8. KitchwaTembo on March 8th, 2010 11:25 pm

    I was never a big Pokemon fan, but I watched the old TV series (and loved it). I don't know any of the new pokemon… except one. Arceus.
    It's pretty much the God of the pokemon world… and you can capture it. Albeit under very strict circumstances, but still… it just blows my mind.

  9. MrRaccoon on March 8th, 2010 11:30 pm

    I never bought a Pokemon game after the original Silver (wich diesd because of a accident), so I'm getting soul silver this month… maybe =b

  10. BlueChameleon on March 8th, 2010 11:35 pm

    Your Diamond/Pearl doesn't deserve to be with my cartridges!! But then again, I suppose it would make a nice coaster for my drink!

  11. Alpar on March 8th, 2010 11:37 pm

    Ahh, yes…

    ..The good ol' days of Pokemon. Back when kids used to stab eachother for pieces of plastic. Or even when the McDonalds lines were filled by little kids, aaaaall the way out of the restaraunt, just for the sake of the toys. Even if it were raining or hailing outside. The employees and parents looked real stressed. Or the times when the kids would lie about their parents working for Nintendo, so they could spread rumors about the franchise. Yep. Good times..gooood times.

  12. ZombieGoasts on March 8th, 2010 11:42 pm

    Would you like this platinum? We're up to our necks in platinum versions.

    +1'ed btw :D

  13. ZombieGoasts on March 9th, 2010 12:07 am


    You kids to day and your hippity-hoppity music and your backwards hats.

  14. DeathJam on March 9th, 2010 12:07 am

    Pokemon Yellow was the best. T'is the only pokemon i played on an actual cartridge (the rest was emulators) and even when i played Pokemon Crystal (for some reason i always play the combined pokemons) i'd still rather go back to yellow.

    Damn cartridge corrupting about 7 times XD Anyone else have that problem? Not corrupting from MissingDong, just in general.

  15. Alpar on March 9th, 2010 12:15 am

    Wut 'bout Magikarp? You can't forget the awsomest Pokemon evar 3:

  16. Alpar on March 9th, 2010 12:16 am

    And your XBoxes and Playstation 3's, and your webcomics

  17. Aboithagameboi on March 9th, 2010 12:17 am

    Hmmm….nope. But then again, i never hacked

  18. Aboithagameboi on March 9th, 2010 12:20 am

    I damn near cried Shawn.

    Thank you for that.

  19. OrionX on March 9th, 2010 12:34 am

    I never played Crystal, but I can honestly say that, along with the majority of people here, the second generation was and will remain my favorite Pokémon generation.
    When Ruby/Sapphire came out, I was just too jaded towards all the additions. Running shoes, okay, I like, but only because you showed D/P/Pt how to do it right. Secret Bases? Okay…Cool? Contests? What the hell? Really?
    The main thing I really have to say though:
    Fuck. The. Battle Tower.

  20. TCC on March 9th, 2010 12:51 am

    so very true…. but this person is WAAAAAAAAY too British!!!

  21. Kirby_Emprer on March 9th, 2010 1:19 am

    you know im fine with pokemon… sort of i just wish the story would chage… and you could do in the game what you could do in the show, they need to make the games better

  22. MrRaccoon on March 9th, 2010 1:48 am

    I do believe my good sir I just became a legendary commenter

  23. ZombieGoasts on March 8th, 2010 9:38 pm

    I have to agree with Shawn. Gold and silver were a delightful addition and a decent sequel but after that it seemed Nintendo was trying to pull a Sega when it came to Pokemon.

  24. ArixOdragc on March 9th, 2010 2:39 am

    I, like the majority here, think the series peaked at Gold/Silver. My theory goes something like this -- For the first games, it was something new and exciting that they wanted to do well, so of course, they put the effort in. Then when it came time for Gen2, they knew that adding on to something like this would be big and could make or break the franchise, so of course, they put the effort in.

    Then from Gen3 onwards, they knew it was already popular, so they decided they couold do whatever.

    It makes me sad in my pants.

  25. Sr_Pantalones on March 9th, 2010 3:07 am

    Am I the only one who feels homicidal to all new pokèmon or is that just me?

  26. hadoukenman on March 9th, 2010 4:02 am

    Everything needs a bad sequel. Thankfully, we have remakes.

  27. MasterLuigi452 on March 9th, 2010 1:15 am

    I will be surprised if anyone still have old Gameboy…
    Well… I do…

  28. Alpar on March 9th, 2010 3:46 am


  29. _XD on March 9th, 2010 4:01 am

    Anyone else realise that he doesnt have a dsi?
    Its just a DS lite.

  30. Psiwrite on March 9th, 2010 9:39 am

    Um, sorry, but nothing happened to Pokemon. We all just grew up.

    Talk to a 6 year old discovering Pokemon for the first time, and you'll realise that what they're treasuring is a whole host of little secrets that makes it their special world. They'll find the spicy poffins incredible and the concept of putting honey on trees amazing.

    If you're old enough to remember R/B/Y, you'll play every other game wanting to have that same sense of wonder you had when you first realised who Giovanni was. But it's got less to do with the game, and more to do with how old you are.

    Nothing really that wrong with the new games, but they are for children. So if you're happy to suspend disbelief and pretend to be a kid, you have to do the same thing for your expectations. Or, if you'd like to enjoy games for the experience, the stories, the shared heritage that being a gamer is, and most importantly the memories, then cool.

    So, I intend to purchase HeartGold not because I want to be a ten year old again, nor because I want to rage about how they messed up the plot and put in the wrong extras. I just want to see if I can beat Brock's Onix with a pikachu.

  31. BoxeyBrown on March 9th, 2010 5:48 pm

    I once felt that the new games were ruining the series too. However, after I found myself getting into the more competitive side of Pokemon I welcomed the new changes and pokemon to the games. If you really look into it there are still a ton of possibilities for pokemon that still have yet to be explored. I say keep them coming Nintendo!

  32. TehVortex on March 9th, 2010 10:24 pm

    Methinks if you don't like the direction the franchise has taken, don't partake in it. Someone who mourns for the past, scorns the future, yet buy a DS and a copy of D/P/Pt is clearly confused. I've played every main series pokemon game released happily (Crystal being by favourite) because I know I enjoy the franchise and know what I'm getting myself in for. It's a brilliant, addictive concept and though I've grown over the years, I still find it great fun.

    Nevertheless, twas a brilliant song.

  33. piclemaniscool on March 9th, 2010 11:00 pm

    oh god, i think i just cried a little. those originals were when you could actually imagine you had a Pokemon like pikachu is to ash. mine was fearow. i loved my fearow. one day, though he got deleted by the stupid game's lack of memory capability. after about a year, it reset itself. they fixed it in crystal version, but by then it was too late. i will never have a pokemon game as magical as that.

  34. GameSlaveGaz on March 10th, 2010 6:15 am

    I just cried a little bit. LOL

    I've been playing Pokemon since the beginning. I had Red and my sister had Blue. I love every new incarnation of the series, they always add a lot of great features that makes the game a lot easier. Granted they also add twice as many extraneous crap, but you gotta take the bad with the good. Me, my fiancee, and his brother are some of the few people that while we look back at the originals nostalgically still thoroughly enjoy ever rehash and will shell out the $35 for HeartGold or SoulSilver this coming Sunday even though we already have Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald and everything that came before.
    The true bastardization of the series is the spin-offs. It's one thing to keep making new versions of the same game, but saturate the market with even more child-bait? I mean, I don't see any point to Pokemon Ranger. Mystery Dungeon is kinda interesting since you play AS a pokemon, but it doesn't need to follow the same route as the original series and have multiple versions.

  35. reannamator on May 3rd, 2010 4:14 am

    Take off the nostalgia goggles for a second, kiddies. Maybe it's just because I was already sixteen when Red and Blue were new, but as I kept on playing the series, it only got better and better. I couldn't wait to see the new features Gamefreak added to the franchise, and I was consistently floored by how it expanded and deepened with each new set of games.

    Yeah, the old games were great. I still have all three of Red, Blue and Yellow, and I've got great memories of them, but Pokemon has never been as good as it is now, and it's only getting better.

  36. Putin on August 4th, 2010 3:04 pm

    Some statistical analysis.

    In the first gen, there were five legendary Pokemon, and they were rad. In the second gen, six more, and they were even more rad.

    In the third generation, there were ten. Not too many, but it was starting to get a little gimmicky, plus for the first time you had to have either both games or the third game to get all the legendaries (and you had to choose between two of them with the third game).

    The fourth generation had fifteen I can think of off the top of my head, but I think I’m missing a few. Many were special events, and of course more version exclusiveness; One you needed to have the older games to get. There are now over thirty legendaries (so, yeah, I definitely missed a few, I think there’s like thirty-six, but my legendaries box has become two boxes now).

    Who the Hell knows how many B+W are going to have?

    The remakes of Gold and Silver are rad, because they have all the gameplay improvements but you don’t have to use these new Pokemon that have all become either shitty Jigglypuff knockoffs or these weird spiky monsters.

    Also, I didn’t like the first-generation Pokemon much. It was a great game, but only a few Pokemon were cool, like Charizard and Fearow (and of course the legendaries). The second generation definitely had the best Pokemon; The ideas were still neat and novel, but the art was much improved and they weren’t all “variously-coloured balls with limbs.” The third gen had some neat ones, like Absol, but all-in-all the new Pokemon sucked. I only like a few fourth-gen Pokemon, including three legendaries (being Uxie, Azelf and Cresselia, Mesprit looks like it has dreds and that I cannot abide), and Lucario and a few evolutions of older Pokemon (particularly Weavile and the eeveelutions). I’m being perfectly frank. No nostalgia glasses. The later games were better in terms of gameplay, the older games in terms of content.

    Looking forward to finishing B+W and transferring all my SoulSilver Pokemon into it. Will be so cash (Imma get White even though the white legendary looks cooler, because the environment looks nicer).

  37. pokemonaddict on November 22nd, 2010 9:25 pm

    i dont quite agree with what all you guys are saying… i loved y/r/b but all the other pokemon games are equally as awesome i mean i agree with that 1 dude sort of the one who said it was your age that determined your intrest level but i know plenty of people who at this moment play pokemon d p pt and hs ss who are 16+

  38. pokenutter on August 16th, 2011 11:53 am

    Good. God. Am I the only person who isn't totally in agreement with this little bitch whining about the "good old days" of a series that continues to pump out quality titles? I will admit, Generation I was a quality set of games. It introduced many of the mainstay features of the series. It had arguably the best anime series. My fondest memories of the series come from Generations I and II. However, sitting back and claiming that the series was only good on the classic Game Boy is not only false, it also shows how uninformed Mr. Day is of the current state of the series. I kid you not, I could do a line-by-line lyrical analysis of this song, and prove my point in every line.

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