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Oh boy it's been a while, let's do this!

A friend of mine (who was a huge fan of the core series) had stopped playing the games eight years back. A week back he had started playing the games again.
One of the main reasons was nostalgia and a breath of fresh air because he hadn't been in touch with the franchise and enjoyed the new mechanics....which was something I did not expect. This meant being completely out of touch with the happenings in the franchise.

This made me ponder about what various reasons do people have to come back and what makes them stay. So I thought of an article that would cover the top reasons why people come back to the games, enjoy them, what keeps them glued after coming back.
I've made a thread in r/pokemon too, so maybe if we get enough useful input, we could probably make a list out of this.

Edit: A similar thread in r/truepokemon
And one in Gaming central too


Thoughts?

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I like the idea - could be neat getting such perspectives and compiling them in an article. +1

Devil's advocate - would you cover any negative experiences people had upon returning to the game from a long hiatus? I think of the youtuber Arlo who returned to SwSh after a few gens and wasn't really impressed (although dlc later helped), while he seemed very happy with New Pokemon Snap. It might be interesting, if the content is there, to look at it from both ways.

I suggest also making a thread on the forums here and see if there's any useful or interesting feedback from our own userbase.

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Soaring Sid

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I like the idea - could be neat getting such perspectives and compiling them in an article. +1

Devil's advocate - would you cover any negative experiences people had upon returning to the game from a long hiatus? I think of the youtuber Arlo who returned to SwSh after a few gens and wasn't really impressed (although dlc later helped), while he seemed very happy with New Pokemon Snap. It might be interesting, if the content is there, to look at it from both ways.
Of course, it might not be only positive experiences upon returning. Some responses in r/pokemon show that.
As for more threads, I've made a similar one in r/truepokemon and also one in gaming central (both links in the original post in this thread)

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As long as both sides of the 'debate' are covered - i.e. positive and negative experiences - then I'll give this a +1. It's an interesting idea, one that's always discussed in length and I'm intrigued mostly how you'll be able to summarise this.

If needed, I also have rekindled my love for the series as it were recently, after not bothering with them for several years, so if you need any further words just shout!
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Soaring Sid

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As long as both sides of the 'debate' are covered - i.e. positive and negative experiences - then I'll give this a +1. It's an interesting idea, one that's always discussed in length and I'm intrigued mostly how you'll be able to summarise this.
Definitely.
Got more input from our own members and also some folks had a lot to say at r/truepokemon

This will be a nice mix

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I honestly have never given up on the series, but never ever recall playing Black/White 2 at all. I also said I stopped watching the anime around the end of Diamond and Pearl as I lost cable shortly after in my bedroom.
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I've had a few periods where I've not been as interested in playing the games and it's normally just because my attention has shifted to other things. Deep down I'm still a fan of the series and end up returning. Normally there's no particular reason.
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I stopped playing after pokemon X. I was tired of the same cliches of the series and ORAS didn't convince me because it wouldn't have had the same story of emerald, which was very improved and more complete imo (that's y i skipped BDSP as well). When gen 7 came out I was really happy to see new things in the series and this convinced me to get back playing Pokemon. I played UM and it was my least favorite pokemon experience. But i was still really into pokemon games, so i kept playing. I think that remakes help with that but i also feel that the most powerful formula for taking old players' attention back to modern games is the Let's GO formula. Different style graphics, reboot which isn't the same thing as a remake but still is innovative, the pokemon GO kind of gameplay and so on. Let's GO was created for those people and indeed these people are the ones who enjoyed Let's GO games the most.

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Honestly for me, nostalgia. I loved Pokemon growing up and even into my 20's, but recently I've just stopped playing them. Then I got a Switch for Animal Crossing and bought Let's Go! Eevee on a whim and it just sucked me straight back into the universe! I unfortunately dropped and broke my Switch a year or so ago cause lol, clumsy, but I've been meaning to get one again to experience BDSP and of course play Legends, which looks amazing.

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