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Old July 31st, 2015 (7:30 PM). Edited January 31st, 2016 by Achromatic.
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Hello and welcome to the very first edition of Pokémon Gaming First Experiences! This series is here to give you the unique viewpoints of different players and what they thought of specific Pokémon games the first time they played them. Adventure into the world of Pokémon through another person's eyes! This time, we'll be focussing on players' very first Pokémon games.



Achromatic's First Game: Pokémon Yellow

"I honestly can't remember what age I was, all I know is I was really, really young. I saw my sister's Yellow version and Gameboy just sitting there, and she asked if I wanted to play. I was a bit taken back honestly, this would be the first video game I've ever played. So many thoughts were going through my head about what a video game would be like. When I actually turned it on (with the help of my sister) I remember asking her if it was a Harry Potter game. She was super into the books/movies and she mentioned the concept of magic in the games so that was the first thought that came to mind. But of course as I soon learnt... it wasn't Harry Potter. It was Pokémon.



I was young however and had no idea what I was doing. At all. So, she said I probably wouldn't enjoy it and took it away from me. Later that night I saw it sitting in the living room and started playing in secret. Learning the controls wasn't too bad at all and when I got the hang of it I was in love. Too bad I didn't know how to save. That was an issue.

But of course I should talk about the gameplay itself. It was... surreal for me. As I said I had never played a video game before this point so it was really something else. I remember being mad that Blue took the Eevee as I thought it looked way cooler than Pikachu. Still, I was stuck with the yellow rat. I remember when I talked to Pikachu I got a piece of text that said it didn't like me or something and I was annoyed. I wanted to get rid of Pikachu right away. But nope. I kept it, and you'll see why...



After doing Oak's errand to the Poké Mart and back, I could finally start catching some Pokémon. I'm sure I caught Rattata and probably Pidgey too. I was excited to get them, but there was one tiny problem... I didn't know how to switch Pokémon. I didn't know what a PC box was either so I was literally stuck with Pikachu. No matter who I was fighting I had to use Pikachu. Eventually I stopped believing that you could use other Pokémon simply because my Pikachu got so powerful that it wouldn't faint. Ever. Well, that is until I met Brock.

Brock was a painful Gym Leader. And when I say painful, I'm talking about the fact that I could only use Pikachu to fight and that didn't work at all. Pikachu was absolutely murdered by his Onix. That is the exact moment that I learned that I could use other Pokémon. But they were level 3 and got murdered too. I fainted against Brock many, many times. I'm not even sure how I beat him honestly but I'm guessing that I learnt how to switch after a bit of time.



I don't have many more memories regarding my first experience with a Pokémon game as it was a very long time ago, but I do remember that I had a lot of fun. Pokémon Yellow opened up the immense world of Pokémon to me, so I will always remember that game as my very first and the one that I was head over heels in love with as a young child."



Lostelle's First Game: Pokémon Pearl

"My first experience with a Pokémon game... The first Pokémon game that I ever experienced was Pokémon Pearl. And it wasn't even my own game! It was my brother's. I remember watching him get the game for his birthday, and wondering what the heck is that? because the only Pokémon exposure that I had previously was watching the anime on TV. But then I saw him start up the game, and when he chose a Chimchar as his starter... I knew that I needed to play that game. So, as soon as I possibly could I managed to go out and purchase my own copy of Pokémon Diamond.



Playing Pokémon Diamond was a crazy experience for me. I was just a kid, that didn't know anything about how the game worked. I knew nothing about what the types meant (beyond the obvious), and don't even get me started on balancing a team. I somehow managed to stumble through the game, using basically only my Chimchar (which just destroyed everything it was so powerful) and anything else that I thought was cool (including a Buizel and a Pachirisu). I also remember using Close Combat for everything, because as I got further in the game I started actually bothering to use type advantage, but when type advantage didn't work? Just use Close Combat.

In the end I somehow managed to defeat Cynthia, and from that point on I was hooked. Because there were no other DS Pokémon games at the time, I was forced to go backwards a generation and buy FireRed version, and the rest is history.



A few special memories I have in that game include: not knowing how to defeat Gyarados and just using Close Combat over and over until it faints, never managing to find anything with the honey trees, spending like two hours trying to catch a Pachirisu, knocking out Dialga because I didn't know it was Steel-type, and then finally defeating Cynthia's Garchomp with my lovely Infernape."



flight's First Game: Pokémon Ruby

"It was... quite a story.



I was in 4th-5th grade or so, and Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire just came out! I was really excited for the games, especially since it would actually be my first Pokémon game that I would actually own. I begged my mother since this was a Pokémon game that I was just so excited about getting, and, eventually, she caved and I got Pokémon Ruby first. This was actually the start of my Pokémon gaming adventure...

As for how I got into Pokémon itself? Wow, that's hard to say! I just know that it has something to do with the Pokémon Anime. I remember Ash and his Bulbasaur and I loved watching their adventures! The more I watched, the more I became enamored with the series and just fell into it, so of course I had to get the games associated with it!



But back into the gaming... my first thoughts? The greatest thing ever! Of course, when you're 9-10 years old playing your own Pokémon game, that's the first thing you think anyway, right? I mean, I get to train my own Pokémon, level them up however I want, and then kick other people's asses! It was just amazing all around, especially since during the whole entire play-through, I had no idea what I was doing in the slightest! Teaching my Blaziken all fire attacks and hacking rare candies onto my Pokémon, all such dumb things that I did when I was a kid just so I can become the strongest trainer. The memories were awesome. :>"

Be sure to come share your own first experiences with Pokémon games in our Pokémon Gaming Central thread!

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Old August 8th, 2015 (8:43 AM). Edited August 8th, 2015 by Achromatic.
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So, this is how the first article is starting to look. Thoughts? Feedback would be highly appreciated.
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The first Pokémon game that I ever experience was Pokémon Pearl.
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and Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire just
(this reoccurs throughout flight's entry) you've used "Pokémon" through the article before this point, so the accent should stay
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about getting, and eventually, she caved
and, eventually, she caved.
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hacking rare candies into my Pokemon
reads a little weird, though idk if we're actually going to reword their quotes

Aside from that, it reads quite well! I feel like centering the text makes it harder to read, too, and it also makes the paragraphs look smaller than they actually are, which would be something to consider.
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Revised. Any more feedback/problems noticed is highly appreciated! 8)
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Hello and welcome to the very first edition of Pokémon Gaming First Experiences! This series is here to give you the unique viewpoints of different players'
The way that's worded, pretty sure that possessive apostrophe is a bit redundant. Would just need to be "unique viewpoints of different players".
(That apostrophe would work if it were written as "different players' unique viewpoints", though.)

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I swear this looks wrong because I'm used to "focusing", ah ha. But I guess that version of it works too.

One thing I am wondering about, and that's the quotation marks used around each of the stories. I would say put a mark at the beginning of each new paragraph, like you'd see in other kinds of text where it's broken up like that, but I'm not sure how well it would work here. Hmm.

Only other things I can think of would be to add some commas in various places, but I don't know if I want to mess too much with the grammar in the stories themselves (aside from very obvious errors, which I'm not seeing). Leave them as written as much as possible, etc. etc.

But otherwise, yeah, looks really good. c:
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Right, I've updated a few things. I'm not too sure about the marks bit though. I think I'd like to get some more feedback on that part before I add them to each paragraph.
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One thing I am wondering about, and that's the quotation marks used around each of the stories. I would say put a mark at the beginning of each new paragraph, like you'd see in other kinds of text where it's broken up like that, but I'm not sure how well it would work here. Hmm.
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Right, I've updated a few things. I'm not too sure about the marks bit though. I think I'd like to get some more feedback on that part before I add them to each paragraph.
My preference would be to remove all quotation marks (sans those within the quotes, e.g. flight's for example - so just those at the start/end of each story). With a bit of formatting (like making the headings larger) and the intro/nature of the article I think it will be clear enough that these are all quotes from different people. Having one each paragraph will just get in the way, I feel.

Overall looks good! Use of pictures is fine, maybe I would make the one with infernape a touch smaller to better match the other ones. I have a few comments of my own from my initial read through:
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But of course as I soon learnt...it wasn't Harry Potter.
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but there was one tiny problem...I didn't know how to switch Pokémon.
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But back into the gaming...my first thoughts?
With each of these, add a space after the ... (eg. 'as I soon learnt... it wasn't Harry Potter.')
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I wanted rid of Pikachu right away.
May sound better with a couple extra words - 'I wanted to get rid of...'?
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I just know that it has something to do with the Pokémonmon Anime.
one less mon, and I wouldn't capitalise Anime either.
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so of course I had to get he games associated with it!
the games

A few other things:
- with editing their quotes, I'd say we should do it if it's an obvious spelling or grammatical mistake, while stuff with commas if it's a grammatical error - otherwise may as well leave as-is. Odd wordings may have to be a case-by-case situation - if it really doesn't make sense then change it, if it just sounds a bit unusual but the meaning can still be understood, leave as-is.

- agree to not centreing text when possible

- I think focusing/focussing is a British/American English deal. We're going to have writers from different countries, which will be fun. I feel though that in general as long as we're consistent within the article with one or the other, that'd be fine to allow the writer to use what they are comfortable with. As for articles like this with multiple writers, again if they're consistent within each of their quotes I'm okay with it.
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Revised even further!
Bump!

Given the launch delays, there's a couple extra things to address, but I'll keep that Complete thread prefix because these are minor.

One of the images went dead, so that needs replacing. Furthermore, we need to consider captions. Jake and I decided usually captions should be used in articles, but your call there as it may interrupt the recounts which is the focus of the article (and may be read as things those members said which isn't the case). However, we do need to give credit to the sources for said images (name of the website/links; one of or both together) which can be included in a line or two at the end of the article. After some thought the latter is my preference (e.g. 'Images courtesy of source the first, source the second, (etc)'.)

Check usernames as well! They may well have changed since the article was written. Maybe also worth linking to their profile pages?
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Did all of that, though personally I don't think this needs captions. The images are pretty much just there so it's not a huge block of text, they shouldn't be a focal point.

As for the source though... wouldn't it just be Game Freak/The Pokémon Company? They're just screencaps from the game that anyone could have taken really, I'm not sure the exact sources on them.
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For everyone else (because this was answered in PM), we will go with with "Images courtesy of The Pokémon Company" at the end of the article.

Looks good! One space between paragraphs towards the end is larger than others but I'll just ninja-edit your post to fix that right now.
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Guy hasn't been on in a week so it's unlikely we'll reach him for launch if you wanted to get it up right away.
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Guy hasn't been on in a week so it's unlikely we'll reach him for launch if you wanted to get it up right away.
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Posting that from PMs, I will also help find alternatives for images. Sorry for the short notice, Ben!
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