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Growing up, there were three franchises that took over my life. They were Harry Potter, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokemon. Even though I love the other two, Pokemon took over most of my life from age four to seventeen.

I would wake up every morning and Pokemon would be the first thing on television before I went to school. Everyone I knew had the trading cards. I was not good at the trading card game whatsoever. It was the only pain in the butt in my opinion when it came to the franchise.

The one thing that people loved about the franchise was the video games. When the Game Boy systems were still incredible popular, me and my friends always had one. My friends and I were addicted to video games, especially the Game Boy systems. You had to have a Game Boy Advance or a Game Boy Advance SP to hang with us. It was the number one topic in every conversation.

We didn’t include Game Boy Color because Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald were the latest installments around that time, and Color couldn’t play any of them.

If we were together, we would battle with each others Pokemon using the wireless connection, so that our Game Boys would be able to connect. Of course, if you have a Game Boy SP, you wouldn’t need a wireless cable. All you needed to do was, put two SP’s next to each other, and then you could start playing.

Once the day was over, we’ll be back home traveling more, training more, doing our best to get ready for the next battle. I think we didn’t even worry about ending the game. We got all of our gym badges and just didn’t go to the championships. We just wanted to play against one another.

That was what we did for the last two years I was in middle school. My Pokemon addiction slowed down a little bit when I entered high school though. World of Warcraft took over and I caught on right away. But I did turn on Pokemon every now and then.

It’s been a few years now and the franchise is still going strong. Pokemon Silver and Black are now on the Nintendo DS system, and the fans are still loving the franchise. I am still trying to catch up with the tv show, but everything else is fine.

I am happy that Pokemon is a part of my life. I will love this franchise forever. It brings me extra happiness when I see that the legacy still lives on, especially in the video games.

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