How I first stared playing pokemon:
I must have been 11 or 12 years old when I first got my Pokemon Red cart. Being merely a small boy, I had to wait until christmas to receive the game that changed my life. I have not stopped playing Pokemon games since, but thankfully, I got better. For example, I traded my Mewtwo away for a Porygon, since I thought it would be the best pokemon in the game (judging by its price...)
How I started battling online/How I found out about Smogon:
Before advance came out, I downloaded an early version of Netbattle just to play GSC. I went by the alias "devil dan" and didn't have the intention of talking to anyone... so I slipped under the radar unknown. However Vineon later uncovered a log of a devil dan battle, where he beat me 5-0 with a Victreebell. I got bored of it all and left after about two weeks.
A couple of years ago, when advance came out, I reappeared. Deciding I could do a bit better than last time, I decided upon a more suitable username. It was to be 'Steelicks' (that's me!!!!!!!) I joined a clan almost immediately (the legendary [ICU] clan), and, when I realized clans were stupid, I changed to [Steelicks], which would be my username for a whole year.
Things stared off slowly for me, to be honest, although I quickly befriended users like CanOfTuna, Curby, Crazy Starwolf, Astonish (omni) and Superman (Acura). I was fairly unknown at first, but I quickly gained attention through my bizarre mannerisms and gigantic netbattle record.
The main NB server, Blue Heaven, was going through some problems after a while, so Glalie set up Tafop for us all to use. Glalie very kindly made me a moderator so I could look after the server while the American's were asleep. This one act might very well be the secret to my success, as 'harder to win over' users (or vets) started to notice me! I befriended Jshadias, who gave me super mods on the Netbattle forums. But in the grand scheme of things, I was still a relative unknown.
Enter Smogay. The Netbattle forums blew up, and chaos had just set up the Smogon forums. Tentative about giving me mods at first (since he didn't know who I was), I eventually found my way to #smogon, where I impressed everyone with how great I am. I met Articuno64, geeK, Carl and Justin8649 there, and won over chaos and LS. Now we are the best of friends!!!!
Yes, indeed, I have come a long way from an unknown Netbattle user to the king of Smogon. Impressed? You could be.