I’ve been playing Pokémon since Red/Blue came out on the Original Gameboy. I loved being able to go around catching and growing my Pokémon collection on my copy of Blue back in the late 90’s, as well as taking my game to school and trading with friends.
Battling, however, was not one of my strong suits. I was good at battling the NPC’s in Red/Blue because I had my trusty Pokémon Power strategy guide because of my Nintendo Power subscription, but when it came to battling my friends via a link cable? I usually lost, and lost badly because at the time I didn’t understand the concept of team building and getting the best move sets. I just wanted to complete the Pokedex, even in Generation 1.
Once I got my hands on a Game Genie a whole new world of possibilities opened up. Suddenly I didn’t have to worry about game-exclusive Pokemon as I could simply look up a list of codes and spawn in whatever I needed!
Soon I was catching what is now known as a “Living Dex” because I couldn’t even be bothered to level up or trade Pokémon like I should have to get a new dex entry.
And that Mythical Mew? I could’ve gone legit and entered the drawing run by Nintendo to get one added to my copy of Pokémon Blue, but instead I used my own personal cheat device to add one in. And that became my HM slave, knowing Fly, Surf, Cut, and Psychic.
And because I couldn’t be asked to train my Pokémon in a legitimate way, I would use the MISSINGNO. glitch to get infinite Master Balls, Rare Candies and any healing items I wanted! Soon I was feeding Rare Candies to my Line up to make them grow to 100 without having to fight!
Little did I know at the time that’s a TERRIBLE way to level up because while the Pokémon get the level, they don’t get the same amount of stat gain if they are Rare Candied vs actually grinding levels through fighting. But I didn’t know about that or care, I was in Middle School and just wanted all level 100 Mons, and a complete Pokedex!
I beat all the gyms, got the badges and became the Champion. But I basically did it by playing like my in game rival. I didn’t care about the Pokemon themselves, I just wanted to be the very best, like no one ever was.
I would later go back to Kanto in the Virtual Console copy of Red, as well as Leaf Green AND Let’s Go Pikachu, but that’s a story for another time.