I never got to open up red version. I had a gameboy with that camera game. All the other kids at school had red and blue so I was super jealous. A friend ended up lending me his red version and eventually let me keep it (!). That was it, I was hooked. I would play through and smash Gary oak (I actually named him that most of the time) then start again. Then when we figured out how to link battle I kept a save file and raised my charizard to level 100 which helped me win many a playground battle.
I've played every gen since and it just keeps getting better IMO. Sure the nostalgia is great but the adventures keep getting more interesting, and the tactics more complex. Imagine where I'd be if my friend wasn't cool (or foolish) enough to lend me his game..
..probably playing nba but whatever cool alternative
gotta stick to your macros if you wanna mack hoes