I’ve played a lot of the new videogame, Super Smash Bros. 3DS, lately. I own every version of the game, so naturally I bought the new one at midnight the day it came out. For those of you who have never experienced true joy, the game is a bunch of iconic videogame characters (typically from Nintendo franchises) beating each other up using their various abilities. Fighters like Mario, Link, Kirby, Samus, Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, and a bunch of Pokémon (among others).
I’ve taken it everywhere I go and spent a lot of my commuting downtime playing the game. The other day, late at night, I briefly looked to my right and noticed someone was watching my 3DS’ screen. I wasn’t going to say anything to him, if he wants to watch me own this game then who am I to stop him, but he decided to talk to me. The first thing he said was, “It’s been a while since I’ve been around video games.”
OK, that’s cool. Kind of a strange thing to say, since videogames are everywhere, but I get it. He was fascinated with the game. Then, like an internet troll, he says to me, “I choose you, Pokémon!” And like someone who’s never been on the internet before, I tried correcting him by letting him know that the somewhat common phrase is actually “I choose you, Pikachu.” And that “Pokémon” refers to a bunch of different animals. To which he says, “Pikachu is all of them?”
“No,” I say back, “he’s just one of them.” Like they’re real. And need me to defend them.