Pokemon is the basis of any good childhood. If you didn’t play the Pokemon games as a child, then you were the victim of child abuse… because that’s just not right. I might have been born just after the original three games came out, but that didn’t stop me from playing my siblings’ old ones when they were done with them.
When I use words to describe myself, especially in online bios, I always refer to myself as a Pokemon Trainer. Simply because I spend a good chunk of my free time playing the Pokemon games, still. I alternate between going back to the old school games and the new ones. It’s been fun to keep up with all the new creatures the franchise has come up with, but even more so to explore the new regions and game features.
But why is Pokemon essential, you ask?
Well, to be honest, you can learn some good life skills from it. Thomas Frank of College Info Geek even wrote a post based on this 4 years ago – 5 Essential Life Skills You Learned From Playing Pokemon.
I won’t go into all of them here though. You can do that by checking out his post through the link.
I hadn’t actually realized that we learn life skills from Pokemon until I read this article. The one that jumps out at me the most is the first one Thomas talks about – persistence. You honestly cannot make it through a Pokemon game without it, otherwise you’d just get frustrated and throw the game out the window.
And we don’t want that.
I’m pretty patient when it comes to working towards something I really want. Whether it’s saving money or building up skills to do the task, I’m okay with taking my time to work hard to achieve my goal. Even in Pokemon still – I need to train them to a sufficient level before taking on a new gym leader or catching one of the rare Pokemon.
So to all the haters who say Pokemon is just a silly game, think again. You can learn from just about any game you play, even if you don’t realize it. Games are never a waste of time.