A couple of years later I received a copy of both Pokemon Gold and Silver for Christmas, with Gold being my primary game. As with the original games, Gold was an amazing experience and I started to develop decent teams and strategies. This was the game I became the most enmeshed in, and if you followed our Favorite Games of All Time list, you'll know I listed it as my #3.
Skip forward a few years and the Gameboy Advance was released, along with Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. I had gotten a GBA for my birthday, so I saved up my money and bought a copy of Ruby. I was disappointed that I couldn't transfer my favorite Pokemon from my Gold version, and I think that skewed my opinion on that particular game. I was told by a friend that they were remaking the original games, so that did boost my enthusiasm about the franchise.
However, by this time I was in high school and the newest games didn't really interest me (Diamond and Pearl), and I didn't own a DS anyway. However, all that would change when I learned that they were remaking Gold and Silver. Excited about reexperiencing one of my favorite childhood memories, I bought a DS in anticipation of its release. To pass the time, I bought a copy of Platinum (Diamond and Pearl's sequel) and gave it a shot. I was quite pleased with how the game turned out, and since that time I've been hooked on the franchise once again. To this day I'm still playing the series (currently on X and Omega Ruby, Ruby's remake) and eagerly awaiting the next set of games (which hopefully we'll find out about this month!