Serious Role Playing Game fans may be quick to dismiss the Pokemon franchise as too simplistic or too child-oriented for any further consideration. Critics sneer that the games have no gripping story, there’s little to none of the character development that characterizes other RPGs, and that the type-A-beats-type-B battles don’t provide enough of a challenge for an experienced RPG player.

These critics are right, to an extent, but they also miss the entire point of the Pokemon universe and what makes it so endearing to millions, young and old alike. Collecting and battling Pokemon can be fun and interesting… if you let it.

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