In 2010, We All Live in a Pokémon World... celebrated its tenth year online, and I feel it is important to reflect on what this site has always stood for in regards to Pokémon and Pokémon fans. With each new era, the purpose of this site has shifted, adjusting to how Pokémon has evolved, is viewed, and is enjoyed. With much of the original content still intact, blended with new and updated content, it continues to serve as a reminder of both those beginnings and changes.
When I first created this site in 2000, it was during both the height and the controversy of the Pokémon phenomenon. The Kanto era was infamous for reactionary misconceptions and harsh accusations from parents, teachers, religious leaders, animal rights activists, etc. over new concepts such as Pokémon battles, 'evolution', even "catching them all", as well as the same old prejudice that always follows something so new and different. My goal was to break down and disprove each and every rumor and fallacy using real examples from the Pokémon games and animé rather than just opinions. It was a place for young fans to feel safe and proud of their love of Pokémon as well as a guide they could use to help others to understand what Pokémon was really all about.
In 2003, as the Johto era ended and the Hoenn generation of Ruby and Sapphire began, it was good to see that while some general criticisms remained, many of the issues that were a problem during Pokémon's early years had disappeared. In the years that followed, it was easy to focus on those core values illustrated by Pokémon, reinforced over and over again in the stories told through RPGs, animé, etc., including friendship, determination, respect for all living creatures, and the bond humans and Pokémon share. This kinder and gentler reception allowed for the focus to be on education and peace among both fans and those seeking to learn more about Pokémon.
That sustained peace throughout the Sinnoh generation of Diamond & Pearl (2007-2011) - when Pokémon continued to exist quietly under the radar for the most loyal of fans...when I realized that I'd only come to love Pokémon more, looking toward the future with great expectations - was shattered when extremists PETA used the era of Black & White* (2011-2013) to try to discredit and decimate Pokémon, and the fight I thought was over more than a decade ago started all over again. But as the message of love, compassion, and friendship conveyed through Pokémon has remained the same, so has joy that Pokémon continues to bring to so many. And it's that joy that has always outweighed any obstacle, in any era, reminding us to protect and be proud of what we love, and with the era of X and Y already on the horizon, that this too shall pass and that the best is yet to come. The memories, the consistency, and that anticipation are what allow Pokémon to truly stand the test of time; now more than ever, this site has and will continue to stand behind Pokémon, defending and celebrating all aspects and all eras...past, present, and future.
*Page DOES NOT contain any of PETA's graphic images and is safe for all viewers
"Old fans would not want us to mess with their good memories...but there is no point in redoing the same thing, right? We are working toward something that brings back memories, yet is also completely new!"
-Game Freak President (Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver)
|Text and artwork copyright © 2000-2013 by Kimberly (RageOfInnocence)
Pokémon © Satoshi Tajiri, Nintendo/Creatures, Inc./Game Freak, The Pokémon Company International
The beautiful screenshots of Ash, Pikachu, and their friends and Pokémon are from various themes and episodes from Pokémon
(Kanto/Orange Islands/Johto series), Advanced Generation, Diamond & Pearl, and Best Wishes!/Black & White
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