People like to think Pokemon are simple little games for simple minded children, games that stay relatively the same throughout each of their iterations. When in reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. The Pokemon games are jam packed with so many dense game mechanics that it would make your head spin.
You’d be surprised at how many features end up being thrown to the wayside as newer games come out on newer technology. Whether they be one time experiments, or mechanics that evolved and were replaced with something else. I like to talk about my hopes for the future of the Pokemon franchise a lot on here. But today I thought it would be fun to go back and list the best lost mechanics from the Pokemon main line franchise.
Game culture has changed, it has for me at least. This past year I have found myself playing far fewer new games. It’s not that I’m spending less time gaming as a rule, rather, it’s because I’ve been investing in other services. Xbox’s Game Pass has been a great resource, giving me access to a ton of older games for a monthly fee.
The “Games as a service” approach from developers has also given games much longer lives than they would have had previously.
It’s a change that’s just getting started I feel, with the likes of Anthem, Skull and Bones, Fortnite and The Division 2 all on the horizon, it seems like every big studio wants their “living game”. Something people just play and play and they just keep supporting over time. Which, right now, suits me just fine.
This article started life as an especially more mundane list. One in which I listed my favourite gyms throughout Pokemon History. As I struggled to stay awake under the sheer uninterestingness of what I was writing. I had a vision, or maybe it was a dream. One of Pokemon in an entirely new light.
It got my brain going, and before I knew it, my post looking back at the game’s history was scrapped and replaced by something looking toward to the future.