Video Games I’m Thankful For (Part 3)

So November is in full swing and so is the “Video Games I’m Thankful For” featured series! I previously brought you my first GameBoy game and first Nintendo 64 game. Now, what does the third installment bring? I guess you’ll have to find out below:

Pokèmon Red and Pokémon Blue

To be fair, this is two games, but like in Pokémon fashion, they go hand-in-hand. I originally received Pokémon Blue as a birthday gift and thought the concept was fascinating. Capturing these interesting and unique creatures in little balls, then using them to capture other creatures. To my childhood self, this was awesome. To my adult self, it’s still awesome.

Perhaps what I appreciated the most about the game was that you can absolutely make it your own. Right from the start you have a choice between one of three Pokémon. Then after that, you have free range to determine who is in your group, how you want to battle, and how you want to progress. Yes, there’s a set lineage of actions that have to occur (just like any other game for the most part), but determining how you’ll get there offered near infinite possibilities.

And on top of that, you can play the same story again with the other game (in my case, Pokémon Red). Even more so is that you can trade between the games to truly catch them all. Back in the day it was 150 Pokémon. That was a challenge. Now it’s over 700 (719 to be exact, just in case someone spams for the exact number). That is a challenge!

Even today, I still have my original GameBoy with all the games. Throwing it back one day for a few minutes is always a nice flashback to the “good ‘ol days”. Yes, I said “good ‘ol days”.

What games are you thankful for? What games have a special spot in your heart?

Come back tomorrow for the next game of the series!

For previous parts of the series, see below:

Follow Harry Loizides, a Senior Editor, through his life of video games, obstacle races, and other adventures with Instagram, Twitter, and IGN

21 thoughts on “Video Games I’m Thankful For (Part 3)”

  1. I’m definitely grateful for these two games. They were a huge part of my childhood! They also inspired my interest in biology, which is what I studied and now work in!


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