February 26, 2010 6 Comments
Last night, Melbourne’s SYN radio (student radio station run by RMIT) had a fun event during their 2-6am shift. They had a Pokémon race, using the original games. Adam, Safeer and I decided to listen in.
Three players began at 2am, each choosing a different starter (Charmander, Squirtle or Bulbasaur). One player made a bold statement that by the end of the show he would reach Cinnabar Island (where the seventh Pokémon gym is), and although I felt this was unrealistic, Adam thought it was possible.
The player using Charmander had a big challenge ahead because of the first two gym leaders, and he got stuck against Brock. Squirtle and Bulbasaur got further, and at about 3:30 they were either in Cerulean City or heading through Mt. Moon.
However, Adam and I decided we wanted to play too (Safeer was weak and went to bed) so we grabbed a copy of the games and started. Adam, for the sake of proving he was better than Charmander guy, chose Charmander. I chose Squirtle.
Before I talk about our progress though, I want to finish SYN’s story. Charmander, or should I say Charmeleon, finally beat Brock and then steamed ahead and managed to actually catch up and overtake the guy in second place, who (if I recall correctly) was the Squirtle trainer. The Bulbasaur trainer managed to get through the SS Anne and beat Lt. Surge, but then got lost and couldn’t remember where to go. I believe he eventually got Flash and headed to the cave to get to Lavender Town, but I don’t remember.
Back to us now. Adam’s Charmander also had an understandably difficult time taking out Brock, but eventually he did. He headed to Cerulean and passed Nugget Bridge and then had a huge challenge with Misty’s Starmie. His Charmeleon was actually at level 30 before my Wartortle, even though at the time I believe I was fighting Gary (or as I called him DENISE) on the SS Anne.
For me, I think I’ll post the texts I sent to SYN, which were something of a progress report and me bragging.
[4:34 am] Started with a squirtle about 1 hour ago. Just beat misty 1 hp left – brad
[5:12 am] Up to third gym – brad
[5:17 am] Fighting lt surge with wartortle – brad
[5:23 am] Beat raichu with a lvl 15 bellsprout. Off to the 4th gym – brad (note: at this point, the leading SYN player was just about to fight Surge)
[5:36 am] Got flash, heading to celadon :) – brad
[5:47 am] Lvl 31 wartortle in lavender town – brad
[5:51 am] Inside celadon gym. Thanks guys, this has been fun – brad
[5:57 am] 4th gym beaten :) – brad
So, to summarise and brag some more, in two and a half hours I beat one whole gym more than people who were playing for four hours. I win, yay.
In addition to this, Adam, Safeer and I (and a number of friends) will be beginning Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen on March 1st, and racing. The goal is to be the first to beat the Sevii Islands and the Super Elite 4. If you would like to join in, 12am Australian Eastern Standard Time on March 1st is when the competition starts, and you can comment to this post to give us your progress.
Gotta catch ‘em all