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I think people like gen 1 because it had the most simplistic designs. Not knocking any of these, but to see what I mean compare Golem to Gigalith, Golbat to Swoobat, Machamp to Conkeldurr, Gengar to Chandelure (I chose gen I v V because V is the one that most obviously tried to draw parallels to gen I) - in each case you notice the Kanto one is more simplistic, generally being one main colour, perhaps with an accent colour, and just clean I guess? The Unova designs are a lot busier, generally with 2-3 colours, and in the case of Conkeldurr adding extra non-pokemon bits to it. Neither style is better than the other, at least not objectively, it comes purely down to preference. I mean, even comparing Garbodor and Muk, Garbodor is kind of overdesigned and Muk is probably underdesigned.
garbodor is supposed to look gross, its a fricking pile of garbage
??????????? gen 1 was simple bc game boys didn't have a lot of computing power or memory so they had to keep designs simple? with the CP and memory of this generations handhelds they can afford to make pokemon look more complex. before you go saying "but animals all look simple!!", yes, you get birds like blackbirds that are a solid colour and different colour for the beak, but then look at the peacock - multi coloured and ungainly, with a huge ass tail.
i like new pokemon, i like """"overdesigned"""" pokemon cause they look unique.also meet me in the pit garbodor is supposed to look gross, its a fricking pile of garbage
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Nostalgia is certainly a factor, but by no means the only one, I know plenty of genwunners who didn't even start playing till gen IV+. I do agree that in most cases nostalgia is at least a significant factor though, and that cases where people genuinely think the designs are better are probably in a minority (although I'd guess a fairly large minority).
I don't know if nostalgia is as responsible for the dislike of new Pokemon though - definitely a factor for some people but I think it's more just that the designs are very different. I guess some of it could even be that many gen 1 Pokémon are in /every game/ (Alakazam, Gengar, Golem, Golbat, Pikachu etc), and in my experience at least, those are people's favourites from that gen, so it's like some sort of positive reinforcement. The last point I'm making is a bit of overlap with nostalgia, but the first gen also only had 150 Pokémon - this made each individual Pokémon more memorable. Now there's upward of 800, and honestly I know I certainly find a lot of new ones forgettable. It's not even that I don't like them, but with 800+ Pokémon it's easy to forget them, and you tend to forget more recent ones just because you've had less exposure to them, which can make people think "oh, they're forgettable so obviously bad".
I didn't start with gen 1, it was actually 3 which is why I noted my preference of gen 3 could be biased on nostalgia, but tbh I think it's more that gen 3 covered a lot more of my favourite animals, and that I tend to forget other favourites like Lanturn aren't gen 3 >_>
the GB couldn't hold much memory
If this was true, then couldn't they just use the snes? Those were still around at the time, weren't they? And they had better graphics and sound!
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