top of page

Pokémon: Playing as an Adult

Nicholas L. M. Allen

May 29, 2024

Pokémon, a franchise that has captivated the hearts and imaginations of millions since its start in the mid-90s, continues to thrive decades later.

Pokémon, a franchise that has captivated the hearts and imaginations of millions since its start in the mid-90s, continues to thrive decades later. While originally targeted at children, it has seen a large part of its fan base age with the franchise.  

For many people like me, Pokémon is a cherished part of their childhood. The sight of a Pikachu or the sound of a Poké Ball opening can instantly transport them back to simpler times. But playing Pokémon as an adult is not just a nostalgic trip down memory lane; it’s an experience that offers unique challenges that continue to resonate. 

While the original games were relatively straightforward, designed to be accessible to younger audiences, the series has evolved significantly. Modern Pokémon games incorporate intricate mechanics and deep strategic elements that can appeal to adult players. Breeding Pokémon for best stats, understanding type advantages and move sets, and taking part in competitive battles require a high level of strategic thinking and planning. This complexity transforms Pokémon from a simple RPG into a challenging and rewarding experience, although some parts of the game require me to look things up from time-to-time. 

The Pokémon community is vast and diverse, bringing together players of all ages. For adults, this community offers a space to share their passion, engage in discussions and form friendships. These social interactions add a rich layer to the gaming experience, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie. I continue to make friends through the game to this day! 

One of the challenges of being an adult Pokémon player is finding the time to indulge in gaming amidst a busy schedule. Balancing work, family, and other responsibilities can be tough, but it also makes the time spent playing even more precious. Pokémon games, with their portable nature and ability to be played in short bursts, fit well into the hectic lives of many, including mine. The sense of achievement from catching a rare Pokémon or winning a tough battle can be a gratifying reward after a long day. 

Playing Pokémon as I get older is a delightful blend of nostalgia, strategic challenge and community engagement. It offers a unique way to relive the joys of childhood while appreciating the complexities of adulthood. Whether it’s the thrill of completing a Pokédex, the excitement of battling with friends or simply the joy of exploring a fantastic world, Pokémon continues to be a beloved pastime that bridges generations. As the franchise continues to grow and evolve, it promises to captivate and inspire both new and returning players for many years to come. 

 I look forward to the next installment in the franchise that’s set to come out in the Legends-line of games! I look forward to telling you about it. For now, I will continue to play Pokemon Violet and Arceus.  

bottom of page