Yep, I’m a nerd
I hear the familiar jingle at the front door as I enter my home-away-from-home.
“Welcome to Gamestop! May I help you?” the man asks. I nod politely and ask for Pokemon Black 2. Lucky for me, they have it in stock, and I pull out my wallet. Two guys higher than the Burj Khalifa laugh at me from the back of the store. All I could do was laugh along.
Yes I’m a nerd. But what’s wrong with that? I have a passion for something.
Usually, people laugh at me when they find out that I still like playing Pokemon. Why, though? Is it funny that I like to have a piece of my childhood with me? Is it funny that I find the games enjoyable? Is it funny that I like figuring out strategies? Well, if you think that’s funny, you can just call me Daniel Tosh.
I’m not the only one though; Brendan Roby and Brandt Wintzen play the Pokemon games, too.
”You can kinda make it your own world. Raise and train your own pokemon. It’s all about personalization, which is really cool,” said Wintzen.
Plus, the games also give an artificial bond from the player to the pokemon. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. I sometimes feel a connection between me and my pokemon (I know, sounds insane) but it’s true.
“You get to choose your own pokemon and go on a long, magical journey, and become each other’s best friends,” said Roby. “I am serious, like dead serious. My six pokemon are like my best friends.”
It’s not like this is just a phase or anything, either. And if it is, well it’s one long phase. I mean, for five years now I’ve been playing Pokemon games regularly, from playing Sapphire with my neighbor Kevin Patrick in 2007 on the Game Boy Advance to playing Black 2 on the DS today.
You know what? I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of Pokemon. The habits we develop at 15 and 16 years of age tend to stick with us our whole life. There’s nothing wrong with me liking Pokemon. If you use weed or cocaine on a regular basis right now, chances are, you will use them for the rest of your life. You drink at parties or with friends? You have a higher chance of being an alcoholic as an adult.
Think about it, what’s better--playing Pokemon games for the rest of your life or becoming an alcoholic or drug addict? I’ll take the first one any day.
Also, it’s not like I’m completely antisocial and only play Pokemon 24/7.
“I think it’s awesome that you’re 16, you do things like play sports, longboard, go to football games, parties, you’ve had girlfriends, you have friends, all of that stuff, but you still love playing Pokemon games,” said my sister, Annie Burky.
It’s not like Pokemon is just a geeky fad. Pokemon is the 3rd highest selling Video Game franchise of ALL TIME. Not just Nintendo, but any video game franchise ever made, more than Resident Evil, Legend of Zelda, and Madden, and even more bizarre, the Video Game franchise is just as old as me! It’s been around for 16 years, and it’s already almost made as much as Super Mario Bros., which has been around for 27 years.
So are you scared of being made fun of? Are you scared to admit that you play Pokemon games? Don’t be. Don’t avoid those things so you can be cool. Embrace them and take advantage of them. Proudly play old video games or watch something different, or write music.
Don’t worry about your peers because they just want to crush your dream. Don’t live with regrets, I found that out the hard way but it’s not too late for you. if you don’t live with regrets, you will be much happier when you do embrace those things. I urge you all to proudly play pokemon or games like that if you love them.