POKÉMON: RED & BLUE
By Dennis "CallMeBackdraft" Aspers on July 25, 2016
Okay, just to get this out there and without meaning any disrespect to the Big Red leader of this marvelous place, Lord Sadhonker. But who the hell thinks a boiler room is an appropriate place to make an office, especially since the guy likes to keep the Headquarters temperatures hotter than the deepest places found in hell. However, you know what they say, if life gives you overheated lemons make sweet fresh lemonade. The "Keep Out" sign is in place and although I don’t think my liege is going to respect that requested privacy it's worth a try so I can do some remodeling here. This is also the reason that this Big Red Timemachine is somewhat delayed. I would have written it sooner, but other things kept getting in the way, as you might expect in a situation like this.
When I got the chance use the time machine for the first time a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that there was quite some room for improvement, the controls are clunky, movement room is severely limited when you are going from A to 1999 or whatever year in the past and, most of all, that door is waaaay to heavy. So, first of all, let’s change those limiting factors. Seeing as this boiler room is right next to the Time machine room I just need to knock this wall down, Sadhonker won't notice because it hole will be behind the machine itself. With the wall knocked down I have direct access to all the wiring and lovely bits of the device.
Before I can continue with my Home... euhm Office improvement I have to go and go back to 1999 to get in touch with some old friends of me and loads of other people around the world. I will travel back to the time that Nintendo and Gamefreak unleashed the mighty world of Pokémon on Gamers worldwide! Nearly 17 years ago, both Pokémon Red and Blue were released here in Europe. US gamers were granted access to the game a year before and our Japanese gaming brethren even earlier; they could already play the game in 1996!Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue follow a simple premise: you are a Pokémon trainer and you have got to catch them all… well, at least 150 of them.
You start out in Pallet town, the same town that Pokémon trainer extraordinaire Ash Ketchum hails from. Once you start, you’ll have to make a choice between three Pokémon, a choice which always returned in the many, many Pokémon games in the series. After this and the mandatory "How to battle and catch wild Pokémon"-tutorial you are all set and ready to go on your personal adventure across the Kanto region, which is based upon the real life Kantō region in Japan. During your travels, you come across a wide array of little monsters with supernatural powers, from spraying water at high velocities, throwing rocks in your face, shooting lightning Bolts out of their cheeks to breathing fire which can turn metal to lava. Since we are ultra super Pokémon trainers, that won’t stop us and we will battle our way around this region to level up our Pokémon, capture at least one of each of them (except for that mysterious Mew... Oh, but I'll get to that later!) and to show to the world that we are the best of them all by going to all the gyms and beat every single Pokémon trainer in sight in order to receive their (8 in total) badges, with which we can gain access to the Indigo league.
This game, together with the Anime, trading card game and manga series reached the highest levels of popularity. All the kids were going round and about with their Gameboy's to go fetch them all. However, unless you owned 2 Gameboys and both copies of the game (Red and Blue) you wouldn't be able to complete your Pokédex. This was because of the fact that some Pokémon were exclusive to their respected game color, while in other cases you had to choose between one of several to capture, the starter Pokémon for instance. This won't be a new thing to people that know or have played more recent Pokémon games, however there was no internet back then, or at least not in the way we know it now, especially on handheld gaming devices. We actually had to go to befriend trainers in real life and take a connection cable with us that allowed us to physically link two Gameboys together.
And even when we caught all available Pokémon in our game and traded to get the others, our Pokédex would still say 150 of 151..., Remember what I said about Mew? Well here comes the gist of it: even though Mew was coded into the games you wouldn't be able to just catch it. Stories of catching Mew by doing a range of several actions went viral around the world. None of them worked however, unless you used cheats that is. The only way to get Mew legitimately was to attend one of Nintendo's events and getting it there.
As stated, the first Pokémon game to be released made people get up from of their gamer asses and go out and try to socialize with other humans… into the world! Hmmm... somehow this sounds familiar. It does put you in mind of a more recent Pokémon game, doesn’t it?
Wow... this machine! Although it has its short comings (which I will promptly start fixing), it still is a wicked experience. Now that this journey is over, time to turn my office into one big timemachine. this wire should goo..... here and now I have to connect the dynamic redux mercury influctuator to the radial torque generator. The only thing left to do now is to connect this pipe to the argon distributor aaaaaand were do... Oh hey Mister Sadhonker.... whoaw, whoaw, WHAOW! Hold your horses, no need to panic your big giant head, alright dude; stop running around with your arms flailing, it's okay I know what I’m doing.... Wait! Why is the Timedial going haywire?!