Through a well known oversight, the glitch Missingno. can be encountered through normal gameplay in the Generation 1 Pokémon games without cheating devices or tampering, changing the face of the franchise forever.
In this article, we explore the emergence of the famous glitch Pokémon MissingNo., and how this strange blocky creature changed how the fans interacted with Pokémon forever. Here, I investigate many questions on the subject, like where MissingNo. comes from, how Poké-mania and the internet reacted with glitches, and who is more powerful - Mewtwo or MissignNo.
It's the first part of my series "Machines and Pokémon", where I explore across many Pokémon games and regions how different machines, like the games, the players and society at large - and how they all interact with the structures of Pokémon.
This is a captivating deep-dive into the impact of some of the very quirky features in the first generation of Pokémon games, and a must-read for anyone interested in rom hacking. I hope to read it a few more times.