So growing up (this is so going to make me look like a baby) the Pokémon game I was into was the Diamond / Pearl / Platinum series. Recently I marathoned FireRed and White II on an emulator. There’s a certain charm to the Pokémon series that I rediscovered by doing this. Maybe it’s the formulaic story where you have your bad guys named after something related to space or maybe it’s the childlike and unassuming friendliness that everyone in the Pokémon world seems to have. Even if it was made cynically with the same formula, it captures that sense of being a child so well that it can’t help but lift your spirits.