Before The Boy Who Lived defeated He Who Must Not Be Named, before a purple pony taught us the magic of friendship, there was a boy and his electric yellow mouse.
It is hard to believe the Pokémon franchise is dawning on its 20th anniversary. Pokémon, a wildly successful video game, has spawned much in its time (all of which are still in production), including a TV show, movies, a trading card game, merchandise, toys and, last but not least, many video game sequels.
The game itself has been incredibly successful as it spans generations, entertaining both children and adults. It's a surprisingly challenging game with roots in RPG (role-playing game) format, meaning the success of your character is based upon how you “train” it within the game. While the main story line can be completed in a rather short time frame, the real gameplay comes in designing a team with the appropriate skills and move sets to defeat your opponent.
Does this sound complex? That's because it is. So complex that there is a worldwide tournament to find the very best Pokémon game master.
Sound like something you could be interested in? Well then I encourage you to check out this new Kickstarter, To Be the Very Best. This crowd-funded documentary plans to take us into the competitive world of Pokémon by following the stories of U.S. National Champion Wolfe Glick, Aaron Zheng, and World Champion Ray Rizzo. We will get a front row view of what it takes to truly be a Pokémon Master.
Kickstarter has been an amazing tool to launch similar insights to fandoms, such as the wildly successful BronyCon: The Documentary, and this project will hopefully offer us the same. Directed by two-time Emmy Award-winning director Dan Karlok and produced by Matt Weaver, it promises to show us exactly how challenging a feat like this can be. Whether you compete on the tournament level, are a casual player/fan, or just find Pikachu to be the cutest, I urge you to consider funding this project, which promises to be journey for us all.
If you’d like to learn more and back this project, you may do so here. But hurry before we run out of time and Team Rocket blasts off again!