(I'm putting this in the normal off topic, since it has more to do with Poke'mon in general, rather than the games)
Alrighty, story time I guess...
When I was really little, I mean REALLY little, maybe 2 and a half or 3, a VHS tape appeared in my mailbox (No, I don't have it any longer). It was the infamous Poke'mon marketing ploy that suckered quite a few kids into being into something before they even knew it existed- the Pokemon Propaganda VHS tape. Being super young and easily influenced, I immediately loved pokemon... I think. By age 3 and a half/4, I was all about it! I forced my parents to buy me Pokemon Cards, the Collectable Stickers (I had Zapdos, Articuno AND Moltres bitches!), and even the games! I actually started out with Pokemon Yellow, not Red or Blue! At one point, I even had the limited edition version of the Game Boy Color! (Pikachu Yellow Special Edition)
As I got older, my love of Pokemon grew substantially. I came home from school every day just to watch Pokemon. I stayed up at night practicing my counting skills by counting all my pokemon cards and games and posters and what not. I spent halloween crying once because they didn't have any pikachu or Ash costumes left. Yeah... I was pretty obsessed. As time went on, however, my love began to dwindle. It was strong, but not as strong as it used to be by the time the third generation of pokemon came out. (Torchic, Mudkip, Treeko, those guys) Whilst in Arizona, I sold a lot of my cards over Craigslist so that I could help my parents pay for stuff... it was really hard for me. I had six or seven 3x3 pages of Holographic cards, dating back to the first edition of the original pokemon card series! Venasaur and Blastoise were in the mix there, too.
So, by the time I got back to NY, I kind of lost my love for pokemon. Before that, I'd even started going to midnight releases and what not JUST for games like Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. (I got both opening day...) When I got back to NY... I had none of it. The only thing that remains, which I know I have, but I still have to go look for, is my Pokemon Pillow case. Very manly and cool, indeed.
I know a lot of people hate the Johto and the Sinnoh and the Hoenn regions, but I loved a lot of it! I didn't care much for Johto, although Pokemon Crystal blew my six year old mind, but I enjoyed Hoenn and Sinnoh in terms of the games, at least. So, when I ask the following question, don't go all gun-ho about the differences or whatever is better about each region, though it is generally agreeable that the first 151 pokemon were pretty bomb.
The question here is, should I allow myself to get back into pokemon? I mean, I no longer have any kind of system that can play it! I'm going to have to go download a Gameboy Advanced Emulator, most likely- not that I mind having it on my computer at all! But, I mean... my whole collection from when I was younger is gone now. I have one memento left out of everything... But, at the same time, I still really love pokemon! I'm not going to waste hundreds of dollars or anything on old merchandise, and if I do, it still wouldn't be the same. I want to kind of just get back into it, simply because Pokemon is still culturally relevant (even around my neighborhood...) and I loved the games growing up... should I let myself get back into it?