I was thirteen, thinking out loud, when I first came to SC. We only had one desktop in our home, meaning my four siblings and I had to share it in thirty minute intervals. I wasn't all that much of a nerd since I was sports (football specifically) junkie, but I had recently got back into Pokemon. I had played all the 1st Generation when I was just four - my parents literally got me Pokemon Red, Pokemon Blue, and Pokemon Yellow - each ending with me giving up after not understanding that you had to defeat Team Rocket in the Silph Co Building in Saffron City before you could actually battle Sabrina. I even, in one of those games, somehow found my way to Blaine and defeated him without yet defeating Sabrina. Even after quitting each of the 1st Generation Games without completion, my parents eventually got me Pokemon Gold, Pokemon Silver and Pokemon Crystal when they would later come. Again, I never completed any of them, usually losing track after the Lake of Rage Story.
After the 2nd Generation, I lost interest in Pokemon for a while. I later would get back into the franchise, but not until the end of the 3rd Generation with the Pokemon Battle Frontier Anime. By that time, directly before the 4th Generation and my later arrival to SC, I was dealing with quite a bit. I went through a lot of medical stuff during middle school, which would see me having to split between going to school and doing distance learning (which I would later have to do through high school). I had been extremely popular and social during my elementary school years, but all of that changed starting in middle school. My medical issues didn't help anything but a lot of my once friends were in different districts, while the rest started to change during those years. Long story short: I started to become quite introverted around that time.
Anyway, I received a Nintendo DS Lite and Pokemon Diamond the Christmas after I had turned thirteen. My love for Pokemon would return with that very game, but I could never capture my favorite Pokemon, the one known as Heracross. By the time I had thought to search the internet for ways to capture it, months had pass and it was the summer of '08. I went on Google one day and asked how to find Heracross in Pokemon Diamond, and SuperCheats was one of the first results. I didn't understand the answer to someone else's question about the same thing on SC, so I created an account (since you could post anything on SC in those days without one) and asked how to find Heracross in Pokemon Diamond. A side note: I had to create my very first email account before being able to register - [email protected]
if anyone wants to hit me up - which I still use to this very day no matter the critique and comments I hear back on it. I chose the name Warrior13 as my Username because the Hawaii Warriors were one of the hottest College Football Teams in those days, led by QB Colt Brennan in the air raid offense, and since my favorite number and age happened to be that very number. SC also had (and probably still does) Road Warrior Hawk of the Legion of Doom Pro Wrestling Team as a Avatar Choice, which fit perfectly.
After receiving an answer the next day, I asked a follow up question since I still didn't understand. After asking a third question and eventually understanding the Honey Tree Odds for Heracross, I went about trying to capture it. A few days later, I caught a Heracross. After I did, I returned to SC to explore a bit. A quickly found the Pokemon Teams section were you could show off your Pokemon Teams (even though I didn't know anything about Effort Values or Competitive Battling). Seth Vilo's Team was one of the highest, and turdball thirteen year old me had the gall to challenge him to a battle. Of course, he would accept. We never had our battle back in those days since I didn't have Wi-Fi and had no idea what it was really, but we ultimately would years (and two generations) later when a friend gave me his email so I could reconnect with him. He bodybagged me, if anyone wants to know, having defeated every last one of my Pokemon (which were competitively trained) with just one of his.
The next day, I discovered the new Teams & Clans and created my first team, Team Heracross (of course). I would then ask Seth Vilo and Will D Mr. Random to join. Not so long after this, Anthony (Mr Emeraldrafael himself) would become active on SC (even though he had joined before I had). As time passed, Seth Vilo (which I would later find, at least I'm pretty sure, was just a pseudonym), Emeraldrafael and Warrior13 would become a great core of friends. I've lost touch with Seth over the years (I still have his email), but I do see him online at Smogon University every now and then; Anthony, however, I'm still close with, so much so that I consider him my best friend outside of my anyone in my family. For years, I would remain active only with Teams & Clans (as well as answering Pokemon Questions). I was so immature in those days that I forced myself to forget most of my activity, at least anything that was childish. I also don't know what was real and fake from back then, having been so naive that I never considered anyone would've created multiple accounts and lied about themselves (which I'm sure some did). It wasn't until years later where I would finally venture to the Main Forums, and the rest, I guess you can say, is history. And by history, I mean becoming one of the best contributor. Yeah, Rich might be the head, but come on: I'm Mr. SuperCheats at this point. lol
I'm now a 12-Year Member and ranked as high on that stats page as I'll ever be, never having been honored as a SC Legend. I'm literally five days out of turning twenty-six. I'm still slowly churning away at earning my Bachelor's Degree, only having been going part time since finishing high school (which I was the Valedictorian of my Senior Class) as I have been working full time since then. It's not like I even need to finish at this point, not when I already have a 45k job as a Medical Billing Specialist & Coder. Don't care for the job at all, probably why I keep working towards said degree, but the pay is too good to pass up (I'm also able to work remote from home as much as I want). I've written a novel (starting on the second of the series now), the same I'm contemplating sending in for possible publication. I'm the sibling that is said to be perfect, the one my parents love the most, the same that most of my professors believe has an IQ between 160-180 (even though I can't confirm since I've never been tested and never will be). And yet, after all of that, I still find myself coming back to this place. Even with it being a ghost town, I still can't but love to be here. I miss the friends I made long ago, but I've learned to value the ones that still choose to remain these days despite having come of age on their own. I guess I could try to stop coming around, but let's face: I'm going down with this ship. emeraldrafael
: I've already made reference to it, but Anthony Wasek is my best friend outside of my the peeps in my family. I'd like to meet you in real life one day, perhaps you can take me to a hockey game and teach me to learn to love the game. Seth Vilo
: Still not sure if your name is Seth Vilo or Johnny Roberts, but that doesn't matter. Give me a rematch one of these days, buddy.
@"Will d (mr ramdom)" : You were the second person I met on SC, and you were a pretty cool dude. I wish I had been older when I first joined as I think we could've really been tight. Mitar3
: You were younger than me when you first joined, Micah. I still wonder what became of you. I had your email at one point, but I no longer do. If you ever read this, hit me up. Rangerman
: You're probably like forty now. jk We were so much alike despite our age difference; I hope you're doing well, man. pearlprincess1
: You were a pretty cool chick, Amanda. I hope life is treating you well. Alana|D
: Classic story of boy likes girl but girl only likes boy as friend. Still, I hope you're doing well, and I hope your dream of one day traveling to Wyoming or wherever hilljack place it was comes true. I've told you more intimate and personal things about myself than anyone else from SC. AK GMAN14
: My Batman. Tell me your real name already, bro. XD KingofCorn
: Jake really needs to get back here. Perhaps he will after Trump gets reelected and he doesn't have to campaign for him. lol Forgoten_Scars
: "Sing to me, Pollo. fatassmonkey
: Don't know you name, but you were obviously cool enough to make my list. Keyblade21
: Bromance. Nuff said. My first and true Dear John. balthiersbit
: Can't forget Momma. She'd whoop me if I did. Sanzano
: Love talking sport with you, Dennis. Our Skins and Phins are losers, but we remain fans. Says a lot. steelersrock01
: Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike! Same name. Same interests. My doppelganger. FreezShock
: A-R-T Snowfire
: A lot was said back in the day, but I was just a kid. Still care immensely about you as a person. Maybe we can be friends if you ever see this since none of the emails I have for you work. Matt77
: Bet you thought I wasn't going to include you? jk XD You were but a kid when I first met you Chosen One, but you've grown up a lot since then. We differ quite a bit, but you're still cool. Not many foreigners would've taken the time to learn to love REAL FOOTBALL. ;)
Sorry if I forgot anyone who cares.
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