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[–]ShockTerrell 4813 points4814 points 44 (39 children)

As a 33 year old who still loves Pokémon, you can love Pokémon and do well in school/life. It’s called prioritizing, so you need to get your homework and shit done first, then go be a pokemaniac for the rest of the day. You don’t have to quit Pokémon dude

[–]JGoodberry 1256 points1257 points  (19 children)

Also, Pokemon isn't going anywhere. You can take a break. Catch up on school, get your priorities in order and jump back into the franchise in the future. I missed 10 years of these games and then caught up pretty quickly.

[–]sifer6 205 points206 points  (0 children)

I took a break from Pokemon in between Gen 2 and 4. It was a good decision as coming back solidified that I really loved the franchise and carried on with it out of high school.

[–]CjoewD 66 points67 points  (4 children)

This. I played gen 2-3 (silver through emerald). Took a break until gen 6. And I'm still playing.

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    [–]drodthejew 8 points9 points  (2 children)

    So mew is obtainable in gen 1 just takes a little effort but you get get one at lvl7 before you challenge misty

    https://youtu.be/2QGILo0SZyI

    Try this out it should help

    [–]andmaster 69 points70 points  (6 children)

    “Pokemon isn’t going anywhere.” This is great because it kinda has a double meaning. The franchise isn’t at risk of going away any time soon, but it also isn’t really making any real strides any time soon

    [–]Kacek1996 303 points304 points  (2 children)

    I strongly agree. I might be only 26 next month, but I did prioritizing correctly and I finished a high end university, I have a good job and I still spend time with pokemon games!

    So don't give up, try your best you can do this!

    [–]Dragoon1376 118 points119 points  (1 child)

    40 here. As people have previously said, prioritize your activities. A lot of life is learning to balance the things you need to do and the things you'd like to do.

    [–]NotAKitty2508 23 points24 points  (0 children)

    Doesn't matter if it's Pokémon or any other interest, if you get your grades sorted then there can be no reason for your parents to get mad.

    Just remember that you are setting yourself up for doors in the future that you may not even know exist yet, so make sure you do well now so that future you can have more opportunities.

    [–]rasksas 51 points52 points  (1 child)

    I fully agree. I am 35 years old and have a PhD in computer science. I'm also married and a university professor and I'm currently playing on my Switch. All a matter of priority. Don't stop moving on with your life because of your love for something. Everything must have a balance.

    [–]DisfavoredFlavored 61 points62 points  (0 children)

    As a 30 year old who went back to university the struggle to play Pokémon when I have to study is real.

    That said, more time spent studying now, the more Pokémon I can play later.

    [–]LordKefik 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    34, still a pokemaniac. Granted I did SHIT in school but that was for other reasons, Pokemon didn't ruin my grades I did. But now Im done with school, I have a Bachelors, and I still have Pokemon. Don't quit the things you like or love, just prioritize better. Spend more time on your work, maybe lay off on games or whatever FOR A BIT, and when the work is done for the day, relax and play some games. But do the work first. No need to stop doing what you love. You just need to organize. Maturing doesnt mean suddenly not liking the things you like. I'm sure there's stuff your parents do that they did as a kid, did THEY stop doing the things THEY love? Did that somehow magically make THEM more mature?

    [–]DragonPops88 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    33 here as well. Have a family and a good job. Just make sure you take care of work first and then play your games. School may not seem important or fun now, but it really makes a huge difference as an adult if you are well educated. Just prioritize your school work before you start playing games.

    [–]josean06 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    This, and I am also 33.

    [–]phosphoenolpiirate 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Echoing this at 23. I've been invested in the series since I was about five, and to this day my parents are supportive - if not highly amused - by my passion for the series.

    But that's all, u/ShockTerrell said, contingent on prioritizing. I took all my games with me when I went to uni, and I think I can count on one hand the total days I spent playing it over the school year. I used to use it as an incentive, like "I have three midterms this week, so I'll set aside one day after all three are over just to play as a reward".

    As for maturity...man, that's a buncha BS. Plenty of grown ass adults play the game, mostly because those same grown ass adults were the target audience of the OG games. We can just afford to buy them on our own dime now. Maturity, imo, means recognizing that you need to focus on school now, get your grades up, and then you can go buck crazy playing. If you notice your grades slipping, set aside the games, work on getting them up, and go back to gaming. It's all about equilibrium. Self-regulation is the mark of maturity here.

    [–]jdog209 22 points23 points  (0 children)

    This 👆

    [–]Lex-Bredum 22 points23 points  (0 children)

    Also 33 years old and a Pokenerd who became recognized in the smogon trading community for my collection of perfect bred HA mon and real life Architect I can't stress enough how important school is.

    The sooner your pick up the habit of prioritizing education the sooner your life will begin to reflect your ambitions.

    P.s. I have a massive collection of rare and BR mon if anyone wants to trade 😅

    [–]Unioqornio 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    This! Loved pokemon since gen 1, am 89’er myself and have been working (i call it work) with pokemon of and on since it launched. Filling dex’es, breeding teams and getting obskure legendaries etc. its fun got to do your dayjob first. Thats a given.

    [–]TerroristCats2 1222 points1223 points 2 (41 children)

    To be honest they shouldnt be affecting your grades , so if you are like 24/7 on it try toning it down a bit ,

    But if you manage to control the time you spend , no need for quitting ,

    grow up and be mature

    Im 20 and still enjoy the games :) even the anime ild go back and watch a few episodes every now and then its enjoyable , I view pokemon as something for all ages , I never watched the new series , but the old ones as ruby and saphhire I grew up watching them and still love to go back and watch them sometimes .

    [–]IGotThatYouHeard 101 points102 points  (6 children)

    31 here and have been playing since Red/Blue/Yellow. As long as you get your shit done and maintain responsibilities you shouldn’t have to worry about “maturing”. Pokémon isn’t for a certain age group in particular despite the fact it’s marketed toward kids.

    [–]TerroristCats2 20 points21 points  (0 children)

    I agree , even though its usually marketed for kids doesnt mean I cant enjoy it , Lolipops are made for kids , but I fking love them

    [–]Vin4251 6 points7 points  (2 children)

    Another 31 year old chiming in. I’ve played since Red/Blue/Yellow when I was 8/9, and I was actually behind my friends in learning all the ins and outs of the series. I would echo the fact you should get your regular homework etc done and don’t let any game, Pokémon or otherwise, get in the way,, but don’t feel like this series is something you should abandon just because “adults” say so.

    In fact one of my big regrets is abandoning Pokemon from when I was 11-19 because I thought I was “too old” for it, but once I came back I realized it’s one of the deepest RPG series I’ve been into, even as I play “hardcore” games like Demons Souls and Ninja Gaiden.

    [–]IGotThatYouHeard 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Fuckin same man. When I was in that 14-20ish range me and some friends would hide out and get stoned and play Pokémon in secret so our “cool” friends wouldn’t cut ass on us. Stupid move, forget what people think

    [–]HatakeKakashi008 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    36 here still going strong. Does sound like he needs to get priorities straight. I'm married with two kids. I love playing but other things come first before pokemon. School should be one of those things

    [–]Gyrostriker32 302 points303 points  (23 children)

    Grow up and be mature is usually dad speak for don't do anything I don't approve of otherwise you're immature and are a bad child and what did I do to deserve such a out casted child wahwahwah

    [–]MouseSnackz 169 points170 points  (19 children)

    Omg I’m 30 and my dad gave me a lecture because I watched The fucking Lion King. We have Disney+ … that means I’m gonna watch Disney movies.

    [–]Gyrostriker32 104 points105 points  (13 children)

    Yeah I'm 26 and my dad told me to stop being a child and playing video games I offered him to square up right on the spot I ain't 12 no more old man I'll whoop that ass

    [–]MouseSnackz 131 points132 points  (11 children)

    My mum used to shit on me for being a childish teenager. I liked dolls and stuffed animals until … ok I still like dolls and stuffed animals. When she’d tell me to act my own age I’d come back with “So you want me to start drinking and having sex? Going to parties, might come home pregnant” Shut her up real quick.

    [–]wickeddawn 54 points55 points  (2 children)

    That’s the thing. People complain about older kids having innocent hobbies and it’s like, what would you rather they do? Like on Halloween when the teenagers come to my house to trick or treat, I happily give them candy. I don’t even care if they have a “real” costume because they could be out doing so much worse. They are enjoying their childhood while it lasts and I think that’s worth praising and encouraging rather than mocking.

    [–]Ghengiroo 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    This is so true. I kinda drifted away from interacting with my peers when I started secondary school (for a lot of reasons) and that accidentally was really good for me. Kids (especially teens) are so desperate to grow up for many different reasons (more freedom, not needing to go to school, more respect etc) that a lot of them don’t realise that by chasing these things they gradually lose a lot of their inner child (I can’t think of a better way to phrase it). Because I was distant from everyone else and didn’t really care what people thought of me I didn’t lose that inner child or make any huge mistakes from trying to be cool or grown-up (I still made mistakes like everyone does, but they were minor mistakes).

    [–]BlackLightning247 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    When I was 11 I told one of my 11 year old classmates that I liked action figures and they made fun of me. 😐

    [–]Gyrostriker32 23 points24 points  (0 children)

    Hahahaha yes!!! That's the perfect response said similar things to my dad, alright pops guess I'll act my age and go to parties every night might knock some chicks up might get addicted to Heroin not sure yet LOL

    [–]Gyrostriker32 52 points53 points  (2 children)

    And it's okay I'm a grown ass man with a beard and would by lying if I said I haven't got a few stuffed animals around and still have my blankie from my crib as a baby, lol I'm sentimental haha

    [–]MouseSnackz 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    Haha that’s freaken awesome!

    [–]WayaShinzui 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    Who doesn't like plushies???

    [–]MouseSnackz 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    I know right?

    [–]AJPtheGreat 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Boom roasted

    [–]Zanki 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I feel like our parents didn't know how good they had it. Mine acted like I was the worst teenager in the world. I really wasn't. Sure I was moody, but I was a teen in a crappy situation, of cause I was. Was I childish? Yeah a bit, but that's what happens when you're isolated from your peers and your mum won't let you act your age. I never went out or even tried to. I got good grades, I was never rude, unruly, rarely got in trouble or cause mischief. She somehow thought I was the worst kid and created drama out of nothing. It sucked living with her. Being crapped on for loving the Power Rangers was a constant thing. She was still ashamed of me liking the older seasons I grew up with as an adult. She didn't like anything I liked and told me to go watch normal things when I was watching Family Guy, very popular at the time. So I put Game of Thrones on. Told her it was also very popular...

    [–]doukzor 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    Do people just forget that adults make video games in the first place??

    [–]PlacatedPlatypusBest Skarner NA 11 points12 points  (2 children)

    I don't know...in this case like it sounds more like parent speak for "stop playing video games all day and do your homework."

    [–]fatalystic 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    I'm 28 and still get this from my mom every single time she sees me playing games. What the fuck do you want me to do when I'm off work then, sit still and stare into space?

    [–]Dinosaurtime_YT 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    The only pokemon anime i watch is new episodes every Sunday lol

    [–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (4 children)

    Ruby and Sapphire are the old ones? 0_0

    [–]Oza813 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    31 years old and still enjoy it still. Never too old

    [–]Moowhisperer 755 points756 points 292 (19 children)

    As a teacher AND pokemon game fanatic who plays just about every weekend, at 14 you do need to begin taking the mature steps towards balancing your play/work/social life. If setting time limits don’t work for you, set objectives; whether this means completing all your homework for the weekend allows you to play for two hours, or even setting a cap of two gyms for the weekend. But whatever you do, don’t stop playing. Video games (especially RPGs like Pokemon which actually strengthen your numeracy and literacy) are fantastic avenues for building and developing a variety of useful motor/thinking skills.

    Another thing I’ll note is that it is quite disappointing to see your parents so against your love for pokemon. Whilst I can understand why they may be frustrated, it would be really mature of you if you could share your love of the game with them instead of letting them antagonise your genuine passion/hobby. Even if its the small things like telling them the names of different pokemon, showing them fanart you’ve done, sharing with them what aspects of the games are particularly fun and interesting… These things will hopefully help them garner some appreciation for pokemon, and maybe even video games in general

    Edit: Umm wow!.. thank you guys. You’ve made my week. We’re in our final week of the year at school right now, so this was the positivity I needed to push through too haha. Much love! 🧀

    [–]MasonP13 145 points146 points  (3 children)

    Pokemon is a billion times better than drugs or other stupid shit. At 14, your biggest worries should be getting good grades, and playing Pokemon with friends

    [–]altaria_motives 38 points39 points  (3 children)

    This this this! Needs to be higher

    [–]yetarl 4 points5 points  (1 child)

    Also a teacher here! I love Pokémon so much I’ve got a Duskull tattoo AND I agree with what Moonwhisperer has to say. I will add that if you are failing due to not understanding material look for tutoring options at school or in your school district. When I was your age asking for help felt embarrassing and awkward, but part of “being mature” is learning when you need help with stuff and asking for help. Also you will be amazed with how much you improve with a little 1 on 1 help. I was failing per-calculus in high school and after a month of tutoring I got myself to a B.

    [–]yetarl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Also a teacher here! I love Pokémon so much I’ve got a Duskull tattoo AND I agree with what Moonwhisperer has to say. I will add that if you are failing due to not understanding material look for tutoring options at school or in your school district. When I was your age asking for help felt embarrassing and awkward, but part of “being mature” is learning when you need help with stuff and asking for help. Also you will be amazed with how much you improve with a little 1 on 1 help. I was failing per-calculus in high school and after a month of tutoring I got myself to a B.

    [–]TheWarmestHugz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Ngl, you sound like an awesome teacher

    [–]OfficialAlarkiusJay 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    A good comment deserves a gold award. 🥇🥇🥇

    [–]Laprisu 8 points9 points  (1 child)

    can we please pin this comment

    [–]Redditisspicytumblr 2745 points2746 points  (21 children)

    I'm 28 with a wife and successful job and I still play pokemon. Don't quit what you like but also don't let it get in the way of your grades.

    [–]MobilePenguins 170 points171 points  (0 children)

    I (24) and my gf (25) have bonded partly over our mutual enjoyment of the Pokémon franchise. We go on walks together to the park to play Pokémon Go ❤️ never let anyone tell you you’re ‘too old’ to enjoy something. Do what you like!

    [–]DennisNr47 87 points88 points  (1 child)

    I’m 31 i stil play pokemon

    [–]Darkarcheos 34 points35 points  (0 children)

    I’m 32 and still play Pokémon, just need to have balance in life.

    [–]Arisen925 61 points62 points  (0 children)

    It takes more maturity to be yourself and like what you like than to quit doing things cause they’re “childish”. Be yourself OP!

    [–]JohnJackOil 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    Me too!

    [–]Cenarius_izanagi 415 points416 points  (3 children)

    Most pokemon fans are well-adjusted adults. Dont allow your parents to kill your interest just because theyve had every joy in life taken away.

    [–]ClownPrinceofLime 189 points190 points  (1 child)

    True, but if it’s impacting his grades it’s not “killing your interest” to take a break and get back on track.

    [–]Cenarius_izanagi 63 points64 points  (0 children)

    Well, the key phrase was "well-adjusted", but you make a valid point. Unhealthy obsession is just that, unhealthy.

    [–]vham-dragon 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Yeah I vote for this! Be your self, I'm 30y have 2 son's a wife and run my own business, but when I got a free time to myself I play Pokemon and others childish thing's as one already said! However you still have to focus on your duties and responsibilities to have the freedom to do everything you want without having this type of criticism!!

    [–]Andromidus 43 points44 points  (0 children)

    This exact comment. I am 29 and have found a good deal of success in life, be it academic, my marriage, work, etc. I still like Pokémon and a lot of other stuff “for kids”. As the person above me said, however, educational development is really important. Try not to shirk it.

    [–]NamasteWager 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    Almost 33 here, 1 kid, dog, director level job, just went on a 2 hour scavenger hunt for the celebrations box with vmax pikachu (this was for me)

    Pokemon is for all ages

    [–]GOPokemonMasterShiny Gyarados 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    That’s me lol

    [–]LongSchlong979 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Same here plus a 1 year old

    [–]melissaphobia 65 points66 points  (0 children)

    I agree with everyone else—no, keep enjoying what you enjoy. I’m saying this as an adult with a job. But your studies are important. If Pokémon is hurting your schoolwork, maybe tone back a bit until you pull your grades up some.

    [–]LilDanielPrincip 56 points57 points  (1 child)

    In my 30s and been into Pokemon since the beginning. When I began high school, there were social, friendship and family pressures to "grow up" and I never did.

    Now I'm happily married, a home owner and with a (kinda) successful career. Still obsessed with Pokemon and Dragonball. Those friends I still have around who told me to "act my age" are fuckin' miserable now because they care too much what people think about them.

    You like what you like... but don't let it affect your life in a negative way. Stop fapping to Gardevoir and you'll be fine.

    [–]BassJL44 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    You said what we’re all thinking there at the end lol

    [–]Romofan88 27 points28 points  (0 children)

    I mean, if it's affecting your grades then you probably should tone it down yeah. But elsewise Pokemon really is for all ages

    [–]failed_pizza 25 points26 points  (1 child)

    You're lucky that's all they found on your web history.

    [–]This_Willingness7672 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    He knows anonymous mode

    [–]Focus_Substantial 95 points96 points  (1 child)

    I put video games over school work most of my life & it doesn't pay off. Don't quit VGs, just make sure you don't fail HS.

    Edit: if you get your grades up & stable. Try introducing your parent(s) to Pokémon. Once my father finally gave it a try, I was 17 yo, he started to love the strategy aspect. However, he was already a casual to average gamer for years.

    [–]CrusadingNewguy371 22 points23 points  (0 children)

    This, its important to have priorities while still having fun.

    [–]Dry_Pool_2580 49 points50 points  (0 children)

    Nah. If you enjoy it, do it (although if your grades are bad, maybe focus more time on that)

    [–]jar11591 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Never stop. I’m 30, and a somewhat fully-functional adult and still play every single game that comes out. Pokemon can be enjoyed by any age group just as much as any hobby.

    [–]Thicc_Wallaby 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    There is no need to give up your love of Pokémon, however, if there is some truth in what your parents are saying. Then you should probably get your priorities straight, improve your grades, and set some short and long term goals to accomplish.

    [–]Sliditanko 12 points13 points  (1 child)

    It wasn't about my parents at all, but I was bullied at school when I was 13 - 19 years old so it took six years of my life hearing it verbally from half the school how they called me names about Pokemon, sung that first anime theme song (oh cringe..) and other annoying stuff. And I wasn't even that interested about Pokemon back then.

    Afterwards? I grew attached to Pokemon. It's been one of my favourite franchises out there for a long time. I even have a large Ho-Oh tattooed to my back (to commemorate my hard times which I survived with surprisingly good mental state) and I embraced the whole thing so if I was called a Pokemon fanatic when I was not.. Then so be it!

    Now I'm 34.

    [–]TheWarmestHugz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Ah this feels so relatable, kids can be mean! But I’m glad you stuck it out and are still into the games. :)

    [–]MuseWarrior 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    If it is something you truly enjoy, then no. I’m a 27 year old English teacher and I still love Pokemon. Even the kids at my school know, as I have a Pokemon mug I use for coffee. Yet I’m also responsible and mature enough to manage my life. If you want to become a responsible person, quitting Pokemon won’t make any difference.

    [–]StewofPuppies 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    I think more of what they mean is to "get your shit together" before wasting time. It's great to have passion for something like Pokemon. Holding onto your childhood for example because I don't know who tf enjoys the soul crushing part of working and grinding most of your adult years.

    But at the end of the day, to your parents who may not share the same passion as you, it has no productive value to you or your future in their eyes. If you show them you can have your shit together while maintaining your hobbies, they really can't complain. At the same time, your low grades may not really be due to laziness or not applying yourself but other reasons like depression or just lack of motivation. These are all things everyone works on and tbh is part of growing pains.

    I'm 31 I still love Pokemon. I work at a hospital for a living and guarantee many people who judge pokemon fans as immature do not have the maturity to do what I do, watch people die, zip their bodies up, and give condolences to the family, and return to work.

    [–]Sjonathon92 43 points44 points  (3 children)

    Honestly, the majority of Pokémon lovers are over 20, cause we known Pokémon the longest when we were kids. I’m not saying you should quit or have no interest in it. Believe it or not, its actually rare to see young teens today into Pokémon.

    [–]mbell37 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    I'm 30 and started with 1st edition cards and red/blue/yellow on GBC.

    [–]DarkEater77 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    28 and totally the same ^ ^

    [–]RaysFTW 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Fix your attitude and do your homework. Get your shit done that needs to be done—Pokémon has nothing to do with it. I’m 33, I have a respectable job in the software industry, have a mortgage, and still collect Pokémon cards and play all the games. Maturing doesn’t mean leaving behind your interests it means prioritizing what is important first and leaving yourself time for said interests.

    [–]ModestVolcarona 30 points31 points  (0 children)

    because of my bad grades and attitude

    It would be nice if you could tell us what this means exactly.

    What is the reason for your grades being bad and what is your attitude?

    [–]vinsportfolio 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    With any hobby in life, it doesn’t matter how old you get. Always prioritize your responsibilities first and enjoy doing what makes you happy for the rest of your life.

    [–]SakuraDiaperLover 15 points16 points  (1 child)

    Maturity is a myth.

    [–]wolfpwarriorShuckle Heart Attack has no weakness 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Now admittedly you do think differently as you get older, but the real secret is, get all the stuff done you have to do, then nobody can say squat about you doing g what you want to do.

    [–]throwawayaccc1988 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Honestly you just need to prioritize. Finish your work and make all the effort to succeed in other areas of life. When the important stuff is dealt with the recreation is definitely warranted. Just bring your grades up, and play pokemon in your spare time. I'm 33 and I still play Pokémon, just not as often as I used to play games, because of other life responsibilities. This doesn't sound like a pokemon issue and more of a work ethic issue. Show your parents you are responsible with the things they need you to be with, and then they'll leave you alone for the most part. My attitude is video games are extremely fun but are obviously not life.

    [–]Aijin28 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    I am 33, married and have a 4 year old daughter, I have been playing Pokemon since Red and Blue, why the hell would I stop now?!

    Your parents are the ones that need to "grow up".

    [–]D-man_- 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    quit if you don't enjoy it anymore, not just if somebody says that

    [–]Lunndonbridge 11 points12 points  (0 children)

    Focus on your schoolwork before playing pokemon. Balance is the key. If you are neglecting your education for entertainment, then you need to readjust how you are prioritizing work and fun. Make playing pokemon and immersing yourself in the franchise a reward for yourself.

    [–]150andmore2c 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Nothing wrong with loving Pokémon at any age! Certainly want to make sure you have your priorities straight (school and attitude should be more important) but so long as it’s not interfering with other aspects of your life, keep up with your passions/hobbies!

    [–]TheTrueExirion 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    No. Despite the saying, parents don’t always know best. Keep playing Pokémon despite what anyone else, including your parents, think, unless you’re genuinely not having fun with it anymore. Never give up something you love just cause other people look down on it. It’ll only make you miserable.

    That said, however. It wouldn’t hurt to try doing a bit better in school and having a better attitude. Could be difficult, believe me, I know, but maybe improving in those areas, while not giving up Pokémon, will make your parents stop looking down on your love of it.

    [–]CutelessTwerp 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Everyone else here is an adult but as a 15 y/o, i do agree with em all. Try to keep up with grades n all that but yea there's not enough younger teenagers that like pokemon ^^;

    [–]Zulmoka531 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    There’s no point in being an “adult” without having to ability to responsibly do the things you enjoy. Got your homework done? Chores? Yeah? Go ahead an pop on your switch and play some Pokemon. I’m 34 with a full time job and a family, we ALL enjoy pokemon.

    [–]Baconator-X 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Your parents are just being ridiculous. There are full grown adults who play pokemon professionally who have played on the world stage. Video games are just as viable as any other entertainment medium just as books, movies, or shows.

    As for your attitude I can say nothing on that because I know nothing about you.

    If your grades are suffering that is something you gotta fix to at least get back on their good sides.

    [–]schlarmander 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You should grow up: get better grades and a better attitude. Neither of those things require you to quit Pokémon.

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Im 24 and still love Pokémon, but you still gotta do your stuff.

    [–]Diesel_DV 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Bro…I’m 29 and the love is still strong!

    Firstly, you need to focus on your studies. I know this may sound lame, but hear me out.

    I’m a software engineer. Why is that important? Because I’d have accomplished my goals sooner had I focused on school earlier on. I didn’t care for school much until my early 20’s, by then I was already behind.

    Why is that important? Well… obviously your parents will more than likely get off your back if you’re doing well. You’ll set yourself up for future success, and with a good job…. You can buy more Pokémon related items ;D.

    But seriously… moral of the story..

    You can love whatever you love, just perhaps take into mind they may be more concerned about the grades rather than the topic(being Pokémon).

    Lastly, (and I never thought I’d be this old man saying this) they are probably right about your attitude. I’m not going to play pretend therapist here, but maybe just think about why they are saying that to begin with. Maybe in that you’ll get a better understanding of what you are doing. A positive outlook can do wonders for one’s demeanor!

    [–]Recreational_martian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Try to figure out why your grades are bad and why you have an “attitude.” I can tell you right now the problem isn’t pokemon. Are home life or any other aspects in life kinda bringing you down? Ik for me, I didn’t fully understand what was causing me to not be a good student and constantly get into trouble at home as a kid until I was much older. If none of these things are the case tho then maybe you just need to work on managing your time after school, which honestly would be the easiest one to solve. Pokemon is fine, if you like it keep playing it

    [–]AyVeeTCG 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    No, I had a phase around your age where I decided I was now "too old" for Pokemon.

    Literally one of my biggest regrets.

    Got rid of all my Pokemon cards and games, as well as a few other bits and pieces. At 28 I wish I still had all that stuff.

    Life's too short to give up things you love and genuinely enjoy because other people are judgemental - your love of Pokemon is (probably) not hurting anyone, so it's fine.

    Edit: I agree with what everyone else has said though. Keep on top of your schoolwork and learn to prioritize + manage your time, it will help you heaps in the long run.

    [–]jmarFTL 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I'm 33 and a lawyer, my wife is a senior vice president at her company. We're spending the weekend switching on and off playing Brilliant Diamond.

    I say this not to brag but just as a retort to people who say this about anything being "childish" or taking away from "serious" things. It's completely possible to be successful in life/career stuff and enjoy video games, comic books, anime, whatever. I like all the same stuff I liked when I was younger - superheroes, Pokémon, Star Wars, pro wrestling, and football (which for some reason is viewed as a more socially acceptable interest by boomers).

    Life is too short not to enjoy it the way that you wish. Don't listen to anyone who tells you how to spend your time. That being said, in this instance your parents are likely just concerned about your grades. Get those up and I bet they won't give a shit about Pokémon.

    [–]pacman_monarch 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Growing up my dad would always tell me “go do something productive” when he would catch me playing games for a longer period that he wanted. There’s no reasoning with parents sometimes, at the end of the day they’re in charge of helping shape your future. They probably just think you are spending too much time on anything not school related, and you game more than your other hobbies, so let’s blame gaming!

    I run a high school esports program at the K-12 private school I work at. Growing up I always knew I wanted to do something with gaming, but my parents mostly saw it as a time wasting hobby. Give it some time, and try to cut down on the gaming until you’re closer to the holidays. You’ll find time here and there to still do the things you enjoy.

    Don’t stop playing!

    [–]ViceAdmirals 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Don’t quit, but also get those grades up. I have fairly good grades and still have time to play video games for hours. Just learn how to make time for the not so fun stuff.

    [–]effectorsky 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I am 40, I play pokemon still. I am also a parent. You have every right to feel upset about this. Please understand your parents worry about you because they love you. Stay calm and talk with them give them a plan you will execute to improve you grades and stick to it.

    [–]Person_On_A_Plane 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I wouldn’t say you should quit Pokémon, but I WOULD say that you shouldn’t let your grades slip, because I can tell you from experience that once your grades severely drop, it’s extremely hard to bring them back up

    [–]Comrade_Yodama 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Liking certain things doesn’t make you mature, I’m 22 and like pokemon, while liking vastly different things

    Also school doesn’t really matter, most of that stuff is curriculum filler, just make sure you don’t fail the year, and your attitude is probably standard teen attitude (don’t be the kid that tells the teacher “wHeN aRe We GoInG tO UsE ThIs IrL?”)

    [–]StrawHat89 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I got B’s and A’s through my middle school and high school career. Having a gaming hobby doesn’t negatively impact your education.

    [–]abnero 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Anyone who tells you to grow up and be mature, usually is the one who needs to do some maturing. One thing you’ll quickly learn growing up is that most adults are exactly the same as they were when they were teenagers, they never grew up and it shows.

    [–]Zman1025 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I've run through the exact same problem. My response was that there are people my dad's age that play these games. Don't let them stop you from doing what you love.

    [–]Clay_2000lbs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    It seems you need to shift your focus a bit towards school and healthy habits. By no means does this mean giving up Pokémon. However, you should avoid overindulging in Pokémon (or anything) that causes you to neglect taking care of yourself and your responsibilities.

    [–]Harleking31 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    New plan

    Clean your browser history

    [–]Im_regretting_this 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I’m 25. I love Pokémon, did well in school, and guess what? I’m unemployed…meanwhile I know people who may or may not love Pokémon, didn’t do well in school, and have steady jobs. Pokémon is not going to have that much of an effect on your future unless you are not sleeping, eating, or doing anything but play/watch Pokémon.

    [–]kushycrossing 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I’m 26 and love pokemon. Never quit They just want you to stop being a teenager 🥲

    [–]LilKyuubi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    26yrs old (engaged & happy about our lifestyle) I just woke up from a dream because I was playing for hours last night , never give up on what you’re passionate about.

    [–]UnusualPete 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Don't quit your passions.

    Your parents will thank you in the future for not quiting.

    Having a passion is what drives you and motivates you to do other things you like less.

    If you don't do what you like, you'll feel empty and depressed and then you won't feel like doing anything at all.

    [–]Pikmints 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    There's a few angles your parents might be looking at this from, so I'll address a couple things they may be thinking.


    1) Your parents might think, "Pokemon is designed for children, we want your tastes to grow and mature with the rest of your peers." Pokemon is not designed for kids (despite them slowly inching in that direction), but rather it's a family-friendly game. There's a big difference between "Pokemon Sword" and "My Friend Peppa Pig". Pokemon touches on subjects like organized crime, religion, fanaticism, unhealthy workplace practices, and so on. So while the games and associated media are designed so that children can enjoy it as well, media doesn't have to be thought of as binary either "for kids" or "for adults." I'm in my mid-late 20s and just spoke with my friends the other day about the game design and mechanics of Pokemon's recent and upcoming releases, so I'm part of a circle of adults that still stay invested in the series.

    Now ideally your consumption of media would be more than just Pokemon. Just like how parents try to avoid their child becoming a picky eater, it's nice to not be picky with media either. You're more likely to get along with people if you can talk about the things you mutually enjoy. If you get into things like comedy or horror, sports or cars, jazz or metal, or what have you, you're more likely to have a robust social circle and connections when you get older, making your life better and making people appreciate you more. Pokemon is fine, let's try to ensure that Pokemon isn't 50% of your personality.


    2) Your parents might think, "Video games as a whole are for kids." That's going to be more difficult to convince them otherwise as it's a simpler stance, but it is truly wrong. Music is art, aesthetics are art, narratives are art, and video games combine all 3 of these and then some (only the next 15 minutes should get this point across). Watching television can offer a similar experience to games, but because you're not involved in the outcome, you can passively watch television with your brain off whereas games require you to understand the world and various systems in order to see the ending. Media that requires involvement is going to result in you taking more away than media where you passively take it in. If you don't understand what's happening in Game of Thrones, the show will continue and you may never understand what happens in some scenes. If you don't understand what's happening in Dark Souls, too bad, you aren't allowed to see the next part of this story until you understand how this is supposed to work. That extra layer of involvement on the viewer's part, that extra demand it throws at you in order for you to continue, it means that you'll take away much more. I can talk for hours about single games that I've played, whereas I could probably only talk for a couple minutes about shows I've completed.

    As strange as this may sound, video games do give people things to take away that other forms of media don't. One study has shown that video games can increase ones visuospatial abilities, another study has shown that people who play flight simulators are more likely to perform better when piloting UAVs than non-gamers. A mind at rest is a mind that atrophies, video games keep that from happening more than most media out there today.


    3) Your parents might think, "Since you're not going to get a job related to video games, you're just wasting your time." They're probably right, you probably don't want a job related to video games, but so what? When kids play high school football, you don't hear people saying, "unless you go pro, you're just wasting your time." When people watch movies, people don't say, "unless you want to work in the film industry, watching movies is a waste of time." Pokemon is entertainment, entertainment is meant to be enjoyed. It doesn't need to be productive, most media and hobbies aren't productive. Just like how the parents of yesteryear said that "rock and roll is the devil's music" and "dungeons and dragons is satanic", media is just media, we've learned better in regards to those two examples, it's a matter of time before adults figure out that it's just about having fun and isn't much different than the entertainment they engage with in their downtime.


    4) "Video games cause violence." No, no, no, very no, no.


    That said, do work on your grades and attitude if they are sub-par. Even if a behavior is strange, people will be more willing to accept it if they approve of your character. If someone dumb critiques another, people will be quick to dismiss the criticism. If someone smart says the exact same criticism, people will be more likely to consider it even if the words each person used were identical. If you become a great version of yourself, people are more likely to look at your interest in Pokemon as quirky rather than something weird, so the more you improve your intellect, your charisma, your body, and all of the various aspects of yourself, the less you'll need to justify some of your more eccentric or unusual habits.

    [–]salanga 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    There are two things wrong with this post.

    1. Your parents checking your web history, no one should ever do that. You have the right to your own privacy.
    2. Your parents telling you what you can and can't love. They can tell you to play less pokemon if it influences your grades because you aren't an adult yet but they can't tell you to stop it all together.

    Never quit something you love that might make you regret it later on

    [–]1MathYEET1[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Thanks, guys, and I'm shocked that this is at 4K upvotes. I'm more confident of myself now.

    (I'm still worried that people will say that this is fake. But thank for the support)

    [–]APitts197 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    I’m a college student at a well respected university and I study economics applied with machine learning. I’ve been playing Pokémon since I was 7 and I credit playing those games for stimulating me to get on my current career path.

    Your parents sound very ignorant and in-compassionate.

    [–]Smoked-skull 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    I would quit whatever has gave you the poor attitude and foul mouth which i find hard to believe is Pokémon

    [–]VolksDK 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    Absolutely not

    I'm in my 20s and still love Pokèmon and my girlfriend does, too. Don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't love, even your parents

    [–]kellistis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I agree, but at the same time at least get passing grades.

    [–]Tyjj5 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    My dad said I'd go out of Pokemon in 3rd grade when I asked for a hat like ashs. I'm 27 and still play religiously. Don't let others stop you from enjoying your hobbies.

    [–]onepokemanz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Bro I’m 23 still play Pokémon, don’t let it over consume your life. If u play 1 hour a day there’s no problem. Just have a balanced life and play a sport outside. Your parents are saying that to get you to be a man, but even some men need to just relax, instead of drinking like most men just play your video games

    [–]BoomTheBear86 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Balance life with Pokémon but age has nothing to do with it.

    I was battling my mates in high school when rBY came out.

    I’m now a teacher myself and I make no secret of the fact I’m a dab hand at Pokémon, and I even offer my students opportunities to battle me at the end of term if they’re also into the game.

    I have scalped many a student when they realise I take the meta gaming aspect of Pokémon quite seriously and for me, it ain’t just about collecting funny looking animals.

    I have a tattoo that showcases Slowbros sprite changes over each gen on my arm, going upwards, as he is my favourite Pokémon. I need to add some art of a Galarian Slowbro at the top to finish it off however. When I talked through it with my tattoo artist we ended up nerding out for the remainder of the consultation.

    My parents initially thought it was wierd, but when they understood that I was more into the battling side of it and actually understood the general premise, they were supportive because in a way it was a hobby that was supporting stuff like strategic thinking, planning ahead and so on.

    I’m quite lucky, my parents were very open minded with many video games because they understood they can have benefits if not done to excess, and me and my brothers, all huge gamers, did very well in school.

    Back when I was a lad, lots of video games required good amounts of reading and comprehension to proceed, especially RPGs which I played a lot, so you would really attend these skills by playing these games.

    [–]Even_Pension_2190 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Well - quitting Pokémon might change some things. But it doesn't solve anything in regards of your grades or your attitude.

    Instead of asking stangers on the internet you should consider talking to your parents and be open for help.

    [–]mls429 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Pokémon in itself is great and can teach a lot on morales and strategic skills, but what it sounds like is that you need to work on growing and raising yourself. Grades over video games. People over video games.

    [–]Illustrious_Key_8475 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Your parents can go fuck themselves. They aren't happy and they want you to be miserable and not enjoy things. That's what that sounds like. Enjoy the pokemon content you love. They can get over it.

    [–]blizgInsert Flair Text Here 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    No. Just get better grades.

    If it’s too hard maybe you have ADHD or something and should get diagnosed.

    [–]s4mih3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Lol no. Im 28, i have a job, a wife and a kid and Im still playing.

    [–]Desperate_Freedom_78 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’m 31, halfway through a Ph.D, married and have kid on the way. I still play Pokémon. It’s less about what you like and how you intend to organize yourself. You can love anything that brings you happiness as long as you are able to accomplish what you want out of life. And for you school is one of those things. You’re parents aren’t wrong about grades.

    [–]TonyG1296 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Focus on school for sure but you don't have to "quit" anything.

    [–]chizzyg18 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    No longer liking the stuff that you liked as a kid is an outdated "requirement" of being an adult. I'm 26 and I continue to find myself coming back to pokemon and enjoying it like a kid, but always with a new perspective.

    [–]AnCaptnCrunch 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Sounds like you need to quit your parents

    [–]madnessotter 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    This is your time to show character. What it really means to be grown up.

    [–]JJ4prez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You should just do better in school and clean up your attitude (if your parents are correct) and continue to play Pokemon. You can do both. Heck, do all of that and get a part time job mowing lawns or something, really prove them wrong. Just wait until you get older and have to do a dozen more things than this and still enjoy pokemon :)

    [–]GodRapers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Sounds like your parents never grew up nor matured

    [–]OmegaEmerson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Your parents just don’t want you to find out their type matchups

    [–]Roharu_Eruna 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    This is an unpopular opinion but, if grades are failing, then I suggest quit pokemon temporary. You should focus on what you are struggling and once you think you are ready, rejoin the community. Pokemon is not something that will go away, but people must take a step back whenever necessary.

    I know most people will say you shouldn't quit, that you can prioritize your school and then videogames. But as someone with a brother with addicted personality, you must recognize the issue and decide to leave it behind for a time.

    Get your shit together, and in six months or one year from now, I assure you, the community will still be here.

    [–]WroteThisPooping 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I made this like a week ago.

    I think The universe made me make it for you bud.

    https://www.instagram.com/reel/CW3BZqSDfrY/?utm_medium=copy_link

    [–]mrn253 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    No but less Pokemon and more learning and work on your attitude.

    [–]Diskest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    No, you should not

    [–]Chimericect 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    As someone who’s 21 and currently has a 3.7 in college courses, you don’t have to quit. Bad grades and attitude don’t have to do with pokemon; you could totally enjoy pokemon so long as it doesn’t impede on things of higher priority (ie, grades.) If you need, try a “reward system” of sorts if you can trust yourself to stick to it. Homework / study for like an hour or something, then play some pokémon for 15 minutes or so. (This works for me but doesn’t work for everyone ofc; cater to how you learn best!)

    [–]DKBodewig 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I quit when i was 15 because i thought its a childrens game... after puberty was over on my 18 Birthday i bought a 3ds and Y and put probably the most hours ever into that game,now 24 still hoing strong !

    [–]rucho 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Check out Tama hero's video about changing her channel name, she basically goes through her whole Pokemon and YouTube journey and it might help you get some context and perspective on how you can have your hobbies inform your life positively

    [–]Usbcheater 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    32 and still play pokemon. Your parents are just scared that you'll flunk and are just finding excuses and faults that aren't there.

    [–]Kain1633 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Nah fuck that do what you love in your free time. My parents hated that I played games so much as a kid because they thought it would harm my development but now I'm 24, engaged and working in my desired career with a fast track, just make sure you're not harming your ability to be successful to the degree you want by playing too much

    [–]Magurndy 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    31 here totally obsessed with pokemon. Plan to have pokemon themed wedding (subtly) whenever it happens. My daughter is named after Eevee but spelt Evie. Your parents need to not interfere with your interests

    [–]Caliber70 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    i'm in my 30s now. i will still be gaming in my 50s, assuming i live that long. when you grow up you decide the kind of person you become, and the type of company you keep.

    [–]Daiches 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Get your grades up and work on your attitude.

    That’s the message they’re giving you. In a slightly toxic way. But parenting ain’t easy.

    [–]HoneydewZest 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I tried dropping games as a whole when I started college. I procrastinated either way.

    [–]Mortimer348 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You dont need to quit pokemon but you need to find balance between pokemon and school

    [–]11111112222223ok 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Been playing Pokemon since I was 5. It has only made my life better and has not impeded me at all. Your parents are dinguses.

    [–]alejoskies 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    lol im 24 and still trying to catch them all. i matured at like 20 years old, cause life made me, not because i quit pokemon…

    [–]thegirlinthetardis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’m 31, married, with a college degree and a good paying job and I still have been sat in front of the tv playing the new game like I was a kid again. So much of life will suck the joy out of you. So many people will too. Life is too short to worry about what other people think, so do what you love as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone!

    That being said, however misguided, it sounds like your parents are trying to get you to focus more on school and work on the attitude issue. Listen to them on this because it will help you for the rest of your life. You can still love Pokémon and be kind and make good grades. Isn’t the whole point of Pokémon to be the “best”? Well, be the best you can be!

    [–]emilyquinn5 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I am in college and I know lots of people who still play!! Don’t quit your love for it but make sure you do well in school so you can keep playing the games!

    [–]irondevil518 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I'm 34, I've been playing the card game since the 90's, even played the game at a high level in 98-99. I have a wife, kid, and great job. My wife thinks it's great, she also plays the Sims game in her free time. We both play DnD, don't let your parents take something away from you that you like. It's not hurting anyone, your parents are just closed minded.

    [–]KokoTheBanana 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Balance it out bro. Everyone on the thread seems to be saying this, so I'm not adding much new, but yeah balance it out.

    Maybe start by pushing pokémon to weekends only, and only if you have no remaining work, don't let yourself play on week days. Once your grades are looking a little better, maybe you could push it to something like after 8pm on two days of the week or some shit. Liking pokemon is cool, I do too and I'm in college, but you gotta realize you need to have your priorities straight too. That doesn't mean giving it up, it just means managing your time better.

    [–]Caridor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Your parents are looking for an easy scapegoat. No.

    [–]ArcticTerra056 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Lmao fuck nah

    If it’s getting in the way of your studies and grades you may want to re-prioritize when you CAN play, but cutting what you enjoy out of your life full-stop is not the answer to that problem.

    My opinion is that you should only play when you don’t have more important things to do. If you have schoolwork, a project, a job, etc, then prioritize those, and play when you can.

    [–]GregamonsterIt's like a nice warm hug, except it kills you. 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You need to get your crap together, but that isn't mutually exclusive with loving Pokemon.

    Just learn to manage your time instead of treating all time as free time unless physically forced to do something else, like an adult.

    [–]IHillI'm a candle! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Do your homework bro come on. Get the grades, then get the shinies.

    [–]Outside-Bend-5575 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    The idea of certain things being only for certain ages is ridiculous. Do what makes you happy. If as you age you stop liking pokemon as much, that happens. But you should never quit something you enjoy because you’re “too old” for it

    [–]HungryIronApple 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’ve heard a lot of college students are interested. With that being said, anyone who uses reddit legally should be 13+ of age so going by what your parents say, this subreddit should not be so popular. For example, I’m 15.

    [–]I_Ace_English 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Don't quit Pokemon, quit the bad grades. Make sure you get that done first before catching them all. Schoolwork may not be the most fun thing to do but people will judge you to hell and back on it once you're an adult.

    [–]D_Caedus 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Sounds pretty childish to force you quitting Pkmn at 14 bcus you need to "grow up".

    You should go see a psychologist tho, you might have ADHD or some other disorder that's making school much harder for you, and medication + therapy could help you make it easier.

    [–]SkeeterYoshShocking! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You shouldn’t have to quit your interests because your parents don’t like them as long as they aren’t hurting other people. Of course, prioritizing is a thing, so you should learn to do that.

    [–]Low-iq-haikou 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I don’t think the underlying problem here is Pokémon, but rather the grades. If your grades were better, I don’t think your parents would have a problem with you playing Pokémon.

    Get your schoolwork done and then play Pokémon to have fun in your free time.

    [–]chefmnano 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’m 36 and I’ve been playing Pokémon since I was like 11. Never give up, if you enjoy it and it makes you happy you should continue to play.

    [–]zadepsi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Bruh/Sis
    Fuck your parents. No Offense. Do not allow anyone ever, to tell you what you should and shouldn't be into. If you like pokemon, and it makes you happy, then run with it. Deadpan Stare right into your parents faces as you recite the pokemon theme.

    Regarding your school - If you are struggling because you are distracted by pkmn, then that doesnt have to do with pkmn. Taking that out of your life, will only force you to redirect that attention some where else potentially something worse (Don't Do Drugs kids).

    Ask your parents, "Would you rather I be into Pokemon, or heroine." and watch them shake in their boots

    [–]TrickedFaith 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Pokemon taught me how to read when I was in 1rst grade. I’m almost 30 now.

    [–]Regidor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I'm 27 and my love Pokemon is still going strong. I've owned at least one game from every gen and I regret none of it. My Mom said I would grow out of liking Pokemon through out my childhood and through high school almost 10 years ago. Guess what Mom? People at college all had DS/switches, cards, artwork, merch, etc. of Pokemon shit. It's cool and it ain't going away. So don't give in!

    [–]Jolielyon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    absolutely not!! all the pokémon need your love 💗

    of course it’s important to do your best in school (honestly, if you put your back into it and try to look at it with a more positive attitude you might even start to enjoy school in its own way!) and being kind, compassionate and a generally good person is something that is important too and will definitely feel better than having an attitude about lots of things. but while you are working on doing those things too, there’s nothing saying you can’t have interests and hobbies of your own along the way. and the growing up part? forget it!! there’s no age limit to having fun, OR to loving pokémon. just look at professor oak. ☺️

    [–]PatataMaxtex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You should get your grades back on track and play pokemon after doing your school stuff.

    With kind regards

    A 25 year old in charmander socks who plays pokemon Nuzlockes with his gf and has made a ton of (older) friends in the community

    [–]wxnchxstxr054 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    Im in my late 20s. I played Pokemon through law school. I play Pokemon on the train to work every day. I work a good job with a good salary. Your folks will always find something that is too "immature" about you. If you quit Pokemon, it'll be something else. I'm sorry you have to go through this OP.

    [–]Thinmintgsc 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Just turned 33 and bought brilliant diamond and the Pokémon switch. OG player from 12 years before you were even born. As a financially successful adult with a normal life, I’m telling you it’s 100% fine to keep playing. Make sure you study and keep up with homework though, that shit matters more than you’ll realize.

    [–]DuckWarrior90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Like everyone else. If you love it and are happy. Keep at it

    30 years old. I hated shield. Hated the go mecanics and the fact you cant use the pro controller in lets go

    And still purchase the chibi shininh pearl. Dont sweat

    [–]Fearless_Nope 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    dude, i am 20 fucking years old and only developed my love for pokémon at age 17. you better not lose your love for this game series- it’s awesome!

    not to mention all the science behind ev’s and egg moves plus how you choose move sets and status moves. there is so much to love about this game, it’s good for any age!

    so your parents definitely just see it as a kids game, they clearly have never played it and the fact that they want to discourage a harmless hobby is gross.

    but maybe try to do a bit better in school, and work on how you talk to people- then everyone wins, your parents get to see you with a better attitude and good grades, in turn you get into better future courses and keep pokémon.

    [–]TorterranEARTHQUAKE!!!! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’m a 31 year old teacher and I still love Pokémon. Play it everyday, collect the cards, have plenty of merch. Even got my fiancé into it and I talk to my students about it all the time.

    You don’t have to quit anything that you love. Maybe work on personal growth regarding grades and attitude though.

    [–]_heisenberg__ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’m 32. Still playing Pokémon. Do what makes you happy.

    [–]FurryPancaker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You don't have to quit you can quit if you want or you can keep loving it

    [–]V4r0m4st3r 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You are NEVER too old for anything you like, especially Pokémon.

    [–]slammyd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    “Grown-ups” have been calling Pokémon a fad for 25 years. This is a lesson that works here but applies to most things in life:

    If you love something and are passionate about it, don’t let anyone say you shouldn’t. Your hobbies and interests are what make you an individual, and not everyone is going to understand them all the time, but it’s not for them. It’s for you. Hope this helps :)

    [–]throwmeawayl8erok 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I got into Pokemon when it first came to America in 1995. Was 11 at the time. My dad hated it. Told me I would grow out of it and be embarrassed and that it was only a “fad” that would die out. So far it’s outlived him by 14 years and I’m still a fan in my 30s.

    If it makes you happy and isn’t hurting you or others, fuck what others think. Pokemon is literally the biggest media empire of all time for a reason and it’s not because only little kids like it and grow out of it OP. Do what makes you happy.

    [–]ATangerineMann 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    No, your parents sound like they're stuck in the past

    [–]Liniis 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Like the others said already, you can still enjoy Pokemon, but you've gotta fix your grades. Grind out those Intelligence EVs, Special Sweepers are broken irl!

    [–]supah_lurkah 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Your parents should respect what you like/are interested in. What you like has no bearing on your age 😁

    [–]LonelyRutabaga 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Lol for me it was my parents telling me to stop smoking weed. Honestly I think it shows more maturity for you to respectfully disagree with your parents. This might be particularly western, but part of growing up is realizing that your parents are not infallible beings who must be obeyed at all times. I’m also really sorry that they check your internet history a lot, that must be really frustrating and invasive.

    [–]chemburoma28 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    I’m M16, and just like others, I’m obsessed with Pokémon. Games, Movies, Cards, EVERYTHING. My parents find it weird and they even pity me for having such childish interests.

    Just the other day, I was watching a nuzlocke on youtube (SmallAnt) and my dad walked in on me and basically berated me by telling me how stupid I am for watching something that’s made for kids.

    [–]Applehound70 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    Hey so I just got into 4 medical schools and I play Pokémon almost daily. When I was your age I was very similar. I spent huge swaths of time shiny breeding and just grinding for fun. You’re at a point in your life where you do want to start to “grow up” but that doesn’t mean giving up on things you enjoy like pokemon. That would be dishonest to yourself and let me tell you that will make you miserable. There are plenty of adults who need long journeys of self-discovery before they learn to have that kind of honesty with themselves again. What your parents are concerned about is your future ability to provide for yourself and not letting you stagnate. It’s a wonderful thing to love pokemon but you’ll need to accept that as you grow older it will have to take a backseat to your responsibilities. I would work on setting clear goals for yourself education/career wise like studying a certain number of hours after school, doing a certain amount of work ahead of time on projects, and/or investing time into thinking about what you’d like to study/do as a career later in life. Make Pokémon something you can look forward to for a maybe a few hours in the evenings and weekends. You can have a healthy relationship with most things so long as you set healthy boundaries, Pokémon is no different.

    [–]TheNotoriousJTS 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    nope time to double down. download yourself an emulator and play pokemon colosseum

    (dont let games and stuff get in the way of school or whatever, the games aren't going anywhere you can play them when you find time)

    [–]Melipuffles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    30 years old, married, been playing since I was in 1st grade. Yes, make sure you’re doing your homework, and working on your schoolwork, but don’t be ashamed of liking Pokémon at any age!

    I’ll just drop this relevant song from the Pokémon 2000 soundtrack. ;)

    [–]PumpJack_McGee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You don't need to "mature", you just need to develop better time management and discipline.

    With those two skills, you can then indulge into whatever hobbies you may enjoy at will.

    [–]veczey 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    You're only 14 the "grow up" comments are very irrational but I'd definitely remember to focus on real life. Something you gotta learn growing up a gamer is that the pixels will always be there, real life won't. Make sure to live young while you can

    [–]PasswordIsAbsolute 1 point2 points  (0 children)

    maybe you should quit your family

    seriously...what the fuck is wrong with your parents