More Positive Thoughts on the Pokémon Community,
Last week, I wrote an article about my first competitive experience, and how amazingly friendly the Pokémon community is, as a whole. This week, I’d like to expand on that. Not the competition part, but the friendship part.
I’ve been involved in a wide range of communities over the years. For a while, I spent most of my nights posting on The Office message board over at NBC.com. I also belonged to a backyard wrestling group for many many years, known as the A.W.F. – Anarchy Wrestling Federation. I was even a trader of bootleg live Dream Theater performances. In each of these groups, I met and befriended some amazing people, whom I’m still friends with to this day; but, in all honesty, I can say none of these groups holds a candle to the friendliness of the Pokémon community.
Sure, there are the occasional jerks who call you offensive names; who rage quit when they’re losing a battle, and give a bad name to the term “Pokémon Trainer”; but they are few and far between. The vast majority are kind and friendly. If they’re losing the battle, they won’t quit: they’ll congratulate you. If they know you’re looking for a rare Pokémon , they’ll trade you one. If you’re missing a card for your deck, they’ll lend it to you. The generosity is rampant.
Take this for example.
Before I had a copy of Black or White, I would chat with @obsidianchao on Facebook about the Pokemon Bug Cup. My most current game was Diamond, and I lacked the funds to buy the newest versions, which meant I couldn’t compete. Knowing how badly I wanted to join the fun, he straight up offered to send me a copy of White. He said he would buy his brother’s White (because he never played it), and then send it to me. For free. I respectfully declined his offer, however, the gesture alone was enough to brighten my day.
A similar thing happened when Black 2 was released. I was waiting to get the game as a birthday present, a couple weeks after the release of the game, because I didn’t have the money to buy the game myself. After a few weeks of “complaining” on twitter, my buddy @TysonChiggin offered to give me the last 20 bucks in his Paypal so I could buy it. Again, I declined, but I could not believe that multiple people had basically offered to give me a free copy of the game.
I have never witnessed this kind of awesomeness in any other community.
I can’t speak for the “Call of Duty” or “Magic: The Gathering” communities, but I do not see either of them having the same kind of bigheartedness I just described about the Pokémon community. I’m sure there are players with the same kind of generosity, but I feel it isn’t the same. Pokémon seems to be where it’s most prominent. But, then again, I’m probably just ignorant.
Either way, the Pokémon community is fantastic, and I am truly amazed at the compassion and consideration the players have for each other.
Now, tell me your stories of generosity. Have you ever made someone’s day by giving them a much needed card? Has a stranger helped you complete your National Dex, asking for nothing in return? Comment below!
Written by Scott
Proofed by Jared