I remember 23 years ago when Pokemon Red and Blue came out. I remember playing it on this long Thanksgiving weekend. My brother and I didn’t know what we were doing, but we were having a blast. We only had one Gameboy at the time (the giant OG one) so we had to take turns playing while the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was on in the background. I remember being hooked on it though. Absolutely hooked. We played for hours, days even. Somehow, some way latter on in the year without the internet we heard about the rare-candy trick and we immediately went to power up our guys. To this day, Red is the only game where I caught all 150 of them. I’ve played most of the mainline games over the years too – Gold, Emerald, Black, Heart Gold, and X. I skipped Diamond/Pearl and Sun/Moon, I’m not sure why, probably because other things were happening and I didn’t have time for the grind. I never got as hard core into it as others, grinding for the absolute best IV/EV pokemon who knew moves he couldn’t. That’s just too much work, I wanted to catch them all, and I’m happy to let someone else be the very best.