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Old September 18th, 2013 (9:27 AM).
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There's no "boundary" for me in Pokemon. I'm almost 23 and I don't care if people say I'm too old to play Pokemon. They don't understand how much of an emotional bond I have with the franchise, and the fandom in general. I have a 5 year old niece who is liking Pokemon and it's all because of me, I want my future nieces and if all possible my future children to play Pokemon like I've done so. Hah, I even imagine myself at 45 years old still playing Pokemon and not giving a dayum. :D
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Old September 18th, 2013 (11:33 PM).
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There is no such thing as 'too old' for Pokemon, period. I foresee myself still a fan of Pokemon till the end of my days. Imagine an elderly woman sitting in a rocking chair by the window or resting in bed with a DS in her hands. Yeah, that's probably gonna be me.
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Old September 19th, 2013 (2:01 AM). Edited September 19th, 2013 by Perdition Haze.
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I'm not too sure about other people, but for me, I could play Pokémon as long as I am alive. I would never be too old for it. I've been a fan of Pokémon since I was only five, and still am one. Hopefully, nothing will ever be able to change that. Some kids may poke fun at you for being a Pokémon fan, but they do it only because of their immaturity. And it wouldn't be a wise choice to let things like this change your perspectives on Pokémon, or anything else that you enjoy.
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Old September 19th, 2013 (2:24 AM).
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I don't really see any kind of "too old" coming for me considering I'm not as old as many members in this forum. I suppose I'd be into Pokémon like, forever. I do hope tomorrow doesn't change my mind, that would suck.
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Old September 19th, 2013 (3:07 AM).
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That "you're too old to play Pokemon" is so cliché. Gosh. I am almost 19 and I don't think I will ever stop.
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Old September 19th, 2013 (6:52 AM).
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I recall other people first complaining about Pokémon being "uncool" around fourth grade or so. That may have been related more to the fact that we were starting to move past the peak of the Pokémon craze, though, rather than that we were "too old" for Pokémon.

When I was younger, I used to think that I would eventually outgrow Pokémon. Over the years, though, I've realized that I probably won't outgrow it after all, and that there's nothing wrong with continuing to enjoy the franchise for years to come. If I enjoy playing the games in my spare time, and doing so doesn't harm others or myself, why shouldn't I play them?

It's also important to remember that Pokémon can be enjoyed on different levels. Stumbling through Red with just my Blastoise and its almost entirely water moveset (I think it had something like Hydro Pump, Surf, Water Gun, and Bite) provided a very different experience than carefully breeding and EV training teams does now.

Interestingly, I've found a lot more Pokémon fans in college than I ever found in middle and high school. Even if the general attitude is "Pokémon is for kids," there are probably a lot more closet adult Pokémon players than you would expect.
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Old September 19th, 2013 (7:14 AM).
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Old September 19th, 2013 (8:55 AM).
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People still say that? I thought everyone quit that back in like 2006 or so. It must be a high school thing, because I never hear college age or older young adults say stuff like that. In fact, it's just a part of casual conversation sometimes.

I'd find it stranger still if the younger generation (lol) still teased about stuff like this. It's like, aren't cartoons and video games more accepted among aging youth these days then they were back in, say the 80's? This isn't exactly the period where people want to grow up to become steel workers.

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Old September 19th, 2013 (9:26 AM).
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I don't think it ever gets "too old". In fact, it's kind of funny, but people in college appreciate it more than those in middle school.

Back when I was in school, Pokemon had it's huge popularity rush back when I was in fifth grade. Then in sixth grade all of the sudden it became uncool and people got made fun of for it. After that, nobody really mentioned it. In college, people talked about it again, and I even remember a kid playing Pokemon in one of my classes. lol
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Old September 19th, 2013 (9:30 AM).
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You're too old for it when you start thinking you're too old for it. At least that's how I see it.
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Old September 19th, 2013 (9:38 AM).
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You really shouldn't feel bad for liking something. I wasn't really mocked about liking something and people calling it childish.

But don't worry middle school is almost always awful. Kids are just awful at around that age and try to mock other( or just bully them) for fame/social status which will fade away in High school and more so in life.

But in the end remember: Do what you do, like what you like. No one can and should make you feel left out/bad because you like something then don't or find wierd.
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Old September 19th, 2013 (5:47 PM).
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It kinda went in a cycle for me. When I was about 12/13, people started making fun of me and the other Pokemon players, but when I reached my current age of 16, they stopped caring! Don't worry, Youngster Timmy. You're just at a bad age right now and hopefully the people around you should start to straighten up and stop being a-holes. <3
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Old September 19th, 2013 (10:56 PM).
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The only time I was ever deemed too old oddly enough was in 3rd-4th grade largely because Yu-Gi-Oh! was at its prime back then...where it subsequently died a year and a half later. On the larger scale of things for me it's more like...

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Old September 19th, 2013 (11:31 PM).
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Honestly, the older you get, the more acceptable it is to like Pokemon, in my opinion.

Because with older people, it's not "for babies", but a "bro that's my childhood" kind of thing.
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Old September 19th, 2013 (11:38 PM).
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Old September 20th, 2013 (3:45 AM).
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Too old? I don't think such a thing exists. And this from someone much older than 20! You play what you enjoy. Heck, my two other hobbies are raising and breeding tropical livebearer fish and N scale model railroading, and I even get grief for that! Doesn't bother me though. The only person's opinion that matters is your own. And if you like it and enjoy it, why stop?
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Old September 20th, 2013 (5:27 AM).
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I'm lucky enough to have a few of my friends who are actually still interested in Pokemon and everyone who I hang out with are cool with me being a geek that I am. And really, you're never too old for something like Pokemon. Interests are interests, there's no time limit to them. Hell if you like Teletubbies and your thirty then why should you care what everyone else thinks? This "too old" thing is only there because people are afraid of what others might think of them. Just be yourself.

That Teletubbies thing is a hyperbole btw. Unless you are thirty and like Teletubbies. I've nothing against that.
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For me, there's no such thing as "too old for Pokemon".

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Old September 20th, 2013 (8:38 AM).
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That social stigma came to me from like grade 4 to grade 7. But now people seem to respect me more when I play Pokemon in public, I don't understand why.
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Old September 20th, 2013 (8:50 AM).
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One more thing, and everyone's mileage may vary, but the way I see it, you can be a fan of something as long as you like, but the only thing I'd suggest is dialing it back as you get older, that's about it.

But see, if people can love Star Wars/Trek or baseball for the rest of their lives -- or if you want to compare it more to cartoons (being "kids stuff" and all), Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry* -- I don't see why you can't enjoy Pokémon until you're too old to see.

If it lasts that long.

*Despite the fact that Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry weren't produced for kids to begin with.

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Old September 20th, 2013 (1:21 PM).
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What? Too old for Pokemon? There is no such thing!
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Old September 20th, 2013 (1:46 PM).
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Really pokémon for me will always be a series of the same kind of Mario; a game series for a family to enjoy. While the titles are vigorously marketed at the 8-12 age bracket, the RPG system in the titles is easy enough for anyone to use due to it's Rock-Paper-Scissors mechanics.

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Old September 20th, 2013 (1:59 PM).
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ugh dont even make me start on it we played it all together when we were in elementary school but everyone "grew out of it" when they began middle school and i was made fun because of that. i still managed to find a few friends who did and we played with them. now im in high school and no one cares what i do and sometimes they even join me playing and ask me about x and y news so dont worry it'll be probably be okay
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Old September 20th, 2013 (5:40 PM).
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For me it went in and out of the cool phase. Elementary, cool. Middle school, uncool. High school, yeah Pokemon is freaking awesome!! I never stopped liking it and don't let anyone's opinions keep you from doing the same!! I'm 21 in a week and still playing. I don't think I'll ever feel too old, maybe I will eventually get bored, who knows, but it probably won't be because of my age. :]


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