(Can't say I feel the same now. *sigh* I guess we all have to grow up at some point.)
Hahaha I know exactly what you mean. So much simpler times.
I remember the first time I ever played pokemon red, I chose Bulbasaur, caught a Caterpie and a Pidgey and went through all the way to the second gym badge with Misty, I just couldn't stop playing. I was a total noob and enjoyed the game so much that it has lasted with me all of these years. My first champion team was Venusaur, Arcanine, Pidgeot, Diglet, Poliwrath, Raichu
One thing that even makes me laugh until now is that when I got close to Vermillion city I decided to let my Butterfree go "free". LOL My best friend still gives me a "You're so dumb" look when we look back to those awesome simpler times.
I regret nothing!