This is Pikachu Made Me Do It, a blog about the Pokémon (Pokemon) phenomenon as perceived by a young man reliving his childhood. Why "Pikachu Made Me Do It"? Because I owe most of my obsession with Pokémon to the character of Pikachu, who is designed to be the cutest darn thing you ever did see.
My name is Matt, I'm 24 years old and I've been a Pokémon fan since the craze began, so about 1998 or so. I was eight years of age back then, back when the whole thing started.
I was a huge Pokémon fan as a kid, you know. I had the trading cards, a load of the games, some of the music CDs, some of the VHS tapes and DVDs. I collected figures, plush toys and Pokémon dolls.
I played the games on cartridge, I played them on ROM. I bought and traded cards, watched the movies and was a regular fan of the cartoon.
A lot of people will tell you that "nostalgia isn't what it used to be". You remember the good things, but never the bad, and you fool yourself into thinking your past was all rosy and pure. Maybe Pokémon isn't as good as I remembered it being. This is what the blog is set out to discover - is it really as good as I remember it being? Really?
As I write this, the world's biggest Pokémaniacs are anticipating the newly announced Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. It's like watching the craze I was wrapped up in over a decade ago flaring up again like a bout of tonsillitis. And for me, it's an excuse to go back to the games I loved.
We were all fans of Pokémon, we should not be ashamed of that.
I'm ready to remind myself why I love Pokémon, and to see if it is really is as good as my poor memory leads me to believe.
["About" last updated 2014/05/16].