What is it about a videogame aimed primarily at children that appeals to me so deeply? Answering that question in detail will require going through specific experiences, so let’s summarize Pokémon, and specifically LeafGreen as the culmination of everything I had wanted from other videogames as a kid from a pure gameplay perspective. 150+ playable characters with individual strengths and weaknesses? In a saccharine, idyllic world? The games appeal to me most when I’m feeling unwell.
Wherever I move to next probably won’t be as treacherous for ice and snowfall. It seems like every two years Seattle gets enough snow for a few days to shut everything down. It’s more adventurous on those days the further you live from the main roads. A walk to the bus stop becomes brutal or you oversaturate yourself with Pokémon for years. This year, I’m in the final weeks before finding another place for adventuring.