Gotta Catch ‘em All!

July 24, 2007

From Penny Arcade today. I really like the letter, and it makes even me smile to read it. All the innocence of a child.

Background: Gabe went to a Pokemon tournament after raising all his Pokemon according to strategy and guides and charts. He showed up to the tourney to find a ton of little kids, and decided it would be better not to enter because it just wouldnt be fair to the kids; it would ruin the fun. He almost backed out, until a loudmouth teen started bragging about how awesome he was and how he was going to smoke all the little kids. Gabe stayed in the tourney just to beat the guy to teach him a lesson. After reading this, one child sent Gabe an email:

“Dear Mister Gabe,

Hi! My name is Nausica (gnaw-sik-ca), I am twelve years old and I love pokemon. My mom got me the Pokemon Pearl for my DS and I love love love it, it is probably my favorite game. I heard about the pokemon tournament at Gamestop and really wanted to go, but I am really shy so I wasn’t going to, but my parents talked me into it and said it would be a good for me and I would have fun.
So I went and it seemed at first like it would be fun, there were alot of really nice kids there who all loved pokemon like me, it was really fun showing off my team of Evee’s and seeing what other people liked too.
Then the older guys came, I dunno how old they were but they were much older then most of the other kids there, they pretty much ruined the fun of it for everyone else there. I guess they weren’t really mean, but how they acted sounded alot like the boy you described, that you had a chance to beat. But unfortunately for the kids at the tournament I went too, there wasn’t a nice guy like you to set an example for them. Needless to say most of us there didn’t have a good chance against them, (I never knew what the special point things were even), and they never really told us nice job or anything. The guy that got me laughed when he saw my line up of Evees.
So afterwards I really didn’t wanna play pokemon very much, and I thought I was gonna stop playing, cause I only really play to have fun, not to beat everyone else. Then today my mom (who is a big fan) showed me what you wrote, and it made me feel a million times better!!! 😀
I couldn’t believe I almost let some jerks take away my love of pokemon!

So I really just wanted to tell you thank you Mister Gabe! What you said ment alot to me and my evees!! You are a great person and I wish I could have been at your tournament to meet you!

Have a great day!!

Sincerely

Nausica

ps! I’m naming my next boy evee after you ^_^

I think I’ll probably be smiling for the next week thanks to this.

-Gabe out”

Does that not make you just smile that folks have such a great influence, and a positive one at that. While PA might not be the most child-appropriate comic, they do a wonderful job of relating to kids, and a whole bunch of work to better children’s lives throughout the world. I am glad they keep up their work.

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