Pokémon passed me by when the first games were released in 1999 in the UK. In my head, I was too grown up for it at 15 and had the awkward moustache to prove this theory. I was about to move on from the N64 and onto the Dreamcast. Although I dismissed it, it was hard to ignore.

Everyone knew a little something about it but it was around this time that a younger cousin became obsessed. He was deep into the anime and the trading cards and so secondary exposure was inevitable. His persistent invites to play the trading cards meant I knew exactly who Charmander and Jigglypuff were. Being around him when the anime would be on TV meant I knew all about Ash and Team Rocket. Yet his obsession was despite him not even owning the game, so I never played it either.

I was only a brief owner of a handheld then. Somehow a Game Boy Color showed up in my house and I was briefly living the simple life of being a farmer on Harvest Moon. I seriously don't know where it came from and it vanished soon after. No Pokémon was played. It wouldn't be until 2012 that I would own another Nintendo handheld, the 3DS XL. In 2013, I got a Game Boy Advance SP on eBay. The library of games available to me was enormous. Again, no Pokémon was played.

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Pokémon just wasn't on my radar for many years after that initial exposure. It wasn't until the release of X and Y that something clicked. Suddenly, I was paying attention. Sure, Tumblr and Kotaku may have played some part. The hype was there, the reviews were positive, the screenshots looked charming and I wanted to pet Pikachu with the stylus. For the first time I wanted to play a Pokémon game. The time was right. But it wasn't X and Y.

Somehow I wanted the nostalgia of playing a game I never played. I wanted to go back to the beginning. Whether it was an attempt to connect to my youth, internet peer pressure or just to fill a gap in my gaming, I was ready. I did some research on how to spot fake carts on eBay and after setting myself a price limit, I went and bought Pokémon Blue. I'm so glad I did.

It taps into the need to explore and gain knowledge perfectly. I'm enjoying wandering around and then retracing my steps and then wandering some more. I'm not sure I want to catch 'em all yet. It bursts with personality. Some of the one-liners before going into battle are hilarious. The music is pretty great too. I think I made a good decision.

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I'm only 7 hours or so in and have just left being on-board the S.S Anne. I now have cut! The 3rd gym is next but maybe I should track back and level up my Pokémon? I'm already looking ahead too. Do I go to Generation II or jump further along?

So Twitch played Pokémon. Now a fish is playing Pokémon. It took a while but now and so am I!