I'm 20, and from America. I personally have a few different opinions on the topic. The /games/ imo aren't to childish at all. You can tell pretty easily what video games are okay for your age group and what ones aren't. In fact, there aren't a lot of video games out there where you might find yourself going "wow this is... I need to not play this." hahah .
The SHOW might be a little more questionable. I wouldn't judge someone older for watching it but I really wouldn't watch it for the sheer fact that it, to me, is obviously for younger kids.
Collecting pokemon things is also something I find to be okay. Like, who doesn't want a flippin mudkip plush seriously .
I hope I helped a little. I'm tired I'm not even sure this makes sense xD.
I don't think it's childish at all, because there are shows meant to target much younger audiences than Pokemon. The adults that created the show had fun doing it, right? They weren't too old to enjoy the show, and neither is any other adult. My father is in his 50's, but he still enjoys watching so-called "children's" cartoons from his day. So, who's to say that all adults will see Pokemon as a show for kids? It's very famous and has come a long way since it's creation, and it must have gotten support from its fan base made up of all ages and all countries to help it grow.
the old seasons had real heart to them, about a child growing up and having to learn to let go of friends along the way. when he hurt, we hurt, when he showed loyalty we were encouraged. now in the current season the droll episodes consist of finding someone new, team rocket trying to steal them, failing, end of episode. if they brought back actual plots or continued development I'm sure I would get back into it. The comics themselves also touched on deeper issues such as death, loss, etc. so to answer your question the older seasons are more for adults, the routine stupidity that's on today is for children who don't know better
Pokémon is a fun, non-pressured collection game that lets the player's mind relax and escape stress. The TV show, granted, is a bit childish, but nostalgic for all Pokémon fans, and most non-players immediately jump to the conclusion the show and games are one and the same.
Ever since Mystery Dungeon Red caught my young eye in a TV commercial, Pokémon has been my longest-standing video game passion. It's a simple yet enjoyable formula of good vs. evil presented in a game where you're free to either rush through or grind your way to the top. I've grown up with this franchise.
Besides, I'd rather capture cute monsters with balls than shoot out a guy's digital brains. xD
I'm in my mid-teens and I'm a British-African. Hope this helps~
The rating odf the game says everything: "E for Everyone". I´m also an adult and in my opinion you came playa any game that is childish because it´s siumply fun and there is nothing wrong with it. My parents always tell to stop playing "childish games" and etc, but I differ because I love the series and I hope I can play all of the other Pokemon games in the franchise. Pokemon is a series that has been open for everyone to enjoy no matter the age and I think that´s what makes it so outstanding.
I really feel that its fine. if you love something, youre never too old for it. in my opinon the idea of becoming to old for something lies in ones own opinon. only you can truly decide if youre too old. I for one have to say that youre never to old for pokemon
I think pokemon isn't exactly for like... kids. I'm 13 going on 14, and I have some of the newer Pokemon games. They're really challenging so I don't see how kids under 10 play them. It's definitely alright once you're in your 20s and you still have a thing for video games, but after 30, it does get a little odd.
Pokemon is like any other generational phenomeon, you never really grow out, nor get past them. I still love Transformes, Star Wars, and the like. My dad even gets a little giddy when he sees "Howdy Doody." So no, you're never to old for Pokemon.
I think the problem lies in what society expects an adult to be and to like, you know? Depending on where you're from, I guess. I personally think it's totally okay for adults to like Pokemon or cartoons or other things that would be considered "for children." But it is rather difficult to openly admit that you like something like Pokemon around people who are set that such things are just for children. It's easier to admit when you're with like minded people, you know? Haha. But Pokemon's rated E for "EVERYONE"! XD Children and adults who are children at heart.
You know, I'm 21 and live in the US and I love it because it was a cool show, and I pretty much grew up with it. I mean, how cool is it that Ash gets to travel the country with such awesome little companions that can do such beast things! Aside from that, the games are friggin' addicting, and I just can't help that I like it. But mostly what it does come down to is a person's mentality on the what's considered childish. But if you think about it, a lot of things wouldn't exist if it weren't for adults who enjoy those types of things, you know? Adults make a living creating these games, creating the cartoons, and so on. But like I said, I think the reason it's kind of "unfitting for adults" is because of really what society expects an adult to be. :I
I very much agree with ~emilythegeek's first statement! If it wasn't for those "child-at-heart" type of adults we wouldn't have cartoon's or games or even toys for that matter! (then where would the kids be?! lol!) I can't say im as big a fan of pokemon as I used to be, I love making gijinka and occasionally will stop to watch an episode or two if it happens to be on, because its something I've known all my life! that and I like to see where the next Gen. is going (*cough* downhill *cough*) from what I used to see.
However, I've never been one to wear my anime love on my sleeve because for years throughout elementary, middle and highschool i was terrified to do so. Now im not so much, but I still don't go out of my way to advertise it. If anyone were to ask, heck yea I love the stuff, but as i get older i find there is an advantage to leaving things like that on the back burner until i know what kind of crowd im dealing with. all in all, i think loving something like pokemon is quite fine. be who want to be, but also be aware of your situation and don't let it be the thing that holds you back from a good job or something because the person across from you simply doesn't understand your love or even passion for a subject!
hope that helps, i realize its kind of 'yes' and 'no' thing and i also hope no one takes this as, "oh i should hide everything anime" cuz that's not what i want to say either! Do what you love! by all means! ignore the flow! It's what i intend to do, but I also believe in the statement, "Everything in moderation". My history professor taught me that, and it about sums up what im trying to say
ne way, im done now, sry for the rant ladies and gents! have a wonderful day! :..D
Pokemon is Rated E for Everyone, not C for Children LOL Though they keep stories and violence on the low for younger audiences, I believe there is enough for it to be adult as well. There's odd stranger danger moments when you talk to some of the NPCs. There's Pokemon abuse and even straight up death shown in the comics. Don't forget Lavender Town and Pokemon Tower that has very sad and eerie stories to go with. Just talking to some of the NPC's in Lavender Town/Pokemon Tower makes you feel uncomfortable from the subtle message of a horrible circumstance. The storyline(s) are innocent enough for the young, but has enough unf to keep an adult glued to it.. Game Freak does an amazing job implementing enough of both sides to keep it both kid and adult friendly !! Anyone who says Pokemon is not for adults has either not given it a chance themselves, or is one big prude you could never have fun with.
i'm an adult, and i still love pokemon. i don't understand why anyone would want to give up something that you used to love because it's 'childish'. i think we lose ourselves if we give up the things that we loved as a child. i say embrace it! i still play pokemon games and talk about it with friends. it's something i don't think i will ever grow out of, like disney. pokemon isn't just about cute anime creatures fighting each other...it's about the stories and the characters and wishing with all of your heart that the world was real so you could raise pokemon, too. has anyone else ever donned a cap and fingerless gloves, slapped on a backpack, and run around outside pretending to catch pokemon or have pokemon battles? those are childhood memories! memories make us who we are, in a way. why would you want to give up a wondrous time like that? even if you didn't have an awesome childhood, there was always that one thing you held onto, right? i'm an adult and i still eat 'childish' cereals, eat chef boyardee ravioli, play pokemon, watch animated movies day and night, and i just came back from a visit to disney world. yup. so 'childish'. but i'd rather be seen as 'childish' and enjoy all of the things i adored as a child than be an 'adult'...and most likely bored out of my damn mind.
Pokemon is currently(supposedly) addressed to children... BUT recently they began to aim at the kids a little bit older (ex. black/white and 2, etc) People choose to believe it's for kids since they played it as kids. Me and my bestfriend, Thomas, love pokemon and just today we discussed about the new X and Y coming out XDD Hes 17 and i'm 16 but we're still rocking the pokemon games I don't understand why people would say it's for kids, but maybe it's because people play more of those stupid shooter games like CoD or halo etc, and don't enjoy anime kind of RPGs... v.v// United States btw. Sorry, I didn't really answer your question right? xD...
Canada, 17 Pokemon started off targeting a teen to adult audience-- if you began your pokemon journey watching the first season of pokemon from the beginning, you will see guns and violence is referenced often (aside from the pokemon battles themselves), as well as sexual themes. Over the years pokemon has changed in many ways to be more child oriented, as that's which group picked it up the most (what child can resist an imaginative world like the one in which Ash lives, with all his cute little friends?). However, it still caters to the teen audiences, offering mild (and often unnoticeable) sexual humor and jokes I honestly think young children won't understand until they're older. The games also offer references and themes that I don't think children could understand. This doesn't mean it isn't for children though-- since I can assure you that the majority of what is produced by the pokemon company and nintendo is for children. But since i'm giving out mixed signals, let me explain. Every Disney movie has some kind of humor or joke or reference I don't think any of us understood as a child, but I remember my parents told me that they could enjoy the movies with me because Disney managed to throw things into the movies that they, as the parents, could enjoy too. I believe that pokemon is the same way-- you don't have to be 10 to enjoy the games, but you don't have to be 30 either. Anyone can like pokemon, you just have to have the personality to enjoy it. Not everyone understands it, and that just means it is not catered to those people-- it is catered to people who enjoy those types of games, and have the imagination for it. It doesn't matter the age. If age mattered, then Disney would not appeal to adults, and neither would all the adventures at Disney land itself. Things like these are skillfully set up to appeal to as many groups as possible so that they can make money, and so that they can conjugate a community and a large following. Generally, I would say pokemon /is/ aimed toward a younger audience, but that doesn't mean that adults can't enjoy it. I hope this helps.
I (I'm in my teens, and I'm from the U.S. but I've grown up in the Philippines) definitely don't think it's too childish, although the target audience is mostly children.. I've played Gen IV, the Ranger games, and Gen V. As of Black and White, the story (or at least its implications) in contrast to the previous stories is definitely very complex (befitting of its name!) with the inclusion of N (he sees the world in black and white, but he's a shade of grey.. as well, he's the king of an evil organization, but he's a very innocent person with a large heart who was manipulated by Ghetsis) and Ghetsis (who, I believe, is the darkest villain in the main series.. as Orre's canonity is debated, I'm choosing not to include Cipher in this- he is implied to not be N's true father, and if not guilty of abuse probably of abandonment- and he tries to freeze the player character in B2/W2 alive.. plus his powerhungry personality)... and the themes in most of the games can be more mature then perhaps would be expected. Redemption for N, Cyrus' desire for a perfect, emotionless world and the lengths he would go to obtain that world.. Giovanni (seemingly) committing suicide at being bested by a child in HG/SS's Celebi event. Mewtwo, and the people who created it. Countless examples exist. I don't know if this helps, but I hope it does.
Well, I'm a 28 year old woman from the United States. I don't think Pokemon is too childish. I think it is a bit simple in some ways, but for me that is what makes it relaxing. As an adult with bills and responsibilities, there are a lot of complicated things in my life. Sometimes I think a simple and joyous thing is just what is needed to take my mind off of my hectic daily life. I've freely admitted playing to friends and colleagues, and none of them have ever judged me for it. I think (or at least hope) that after a certain point once your responsibilities are taken care of it is up to you how you spend your precious free time. I've known parents who still play Pokemon and it's a nice way that they can bond and relate to their children.
Pokemon is more focused for children, the original target audience is children. But simply the way it is, and how creative it is, makes it ok for other ages to love it. I think it's the fact that the original target makes everyone think, "Oh, adults are too mature for a child-based show/game.", or, "This was fun when I was a kid, but now it's time to get a job and somewhat, I'm too busy, as an adult, to play this game."
Also, even now, the majority of people who play Pokemon are very young people, (Ages as young as 8, to as old as 17-18) and in comparison, the people who are 20+ are very low compared tot he younger generations, so that could be taken into consideration aswell that it's just not that common for adults nowadays either.
I think it's important to hold true your childhood, and that you shouldn't ever forget what made you the person you are, so I plan on keeping Pokemon a nice, luxurious reserved home in my heart for teaching me all the morals it includes in the movies and games. Even when I was a little girl, my friend told me, "Oh, you'll get tired of it soon, you won'tlike it when you're older." Well, look who's still just as obsessed as earlier. Although I don't have as much time as I did as a kid, I still spend some time drawing fanart, or replaying the games when I can.
I also agree with *RunnerGuitar that people think Pokemon is all about cute animals and cartoons. I HONESTLY think that is a stupid reason against this, because they obviously have not seen any other Pokemon other than the starters, or others (like the icon, pikachu or jigglypuff) If they even GLANCED at some of the legendaries, or rare pokemon, they'd shut right up. There are a variety of creatures to love, not just the cute ones. And that's also why it's compatible with older generations, because of the variety to choose from to pick on a team. Or as a favourite.
I am so glad there isn't a limit. Probably would have passed it 3 times LOL.
I don't think it's childish to like Pokemon. What about the adults who still love their childhood cartoons like Transformers, He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Thundercats? I think people should like what they grew up with because it probably made an impact on them. People should like whatever they want to as long as it's not bringing any harm to someone.
^-^ I grew up with Pokemon as well, and I don't find it childish. I believe that everything has a lesson in it that even "adults" can learn from. Just like disney, pokemon can over a lot of life lessons, like never giving up, trying your hardest, the importance of friendship and so forth. ^o^ Whatever makes you happy, despite age or the general target audience is all that truly matters <3333
I often refer to myself as having outgrown it. But a lot of that is because after gold and silver I stopped liking the character design and also the premise of the story becomes repetitive, not because its childish.
Similar to the question: is hello kitti too childish for adults.
I am 18 year old from Iceland. I love pokémon and wouldn't hide it from anyone I know in real life. I think that one aspect of pokémon kind of puts it off for adults, and that is that the games always follow the same formula. I don't think adults could ever see something new and exciting in them.
Pokemon first got popular when I was in elementary school, about when I was 10. The video game was simple (red and blue), as was the card game. The show was able to keep my attention pretty well and was fun.
I was kind of re-introduced to Pokemon a few years ago from a friend who worked on the team that tested the newer games during their translation into English. His entire team loved the games and he himself has a favorite Pokemon that he's happy to fan over. He lent me one of the newer games, thought I can't remember which one. I was surprised at how much more involved they had become. Hundreds of new Pokemon, time and day oriented occurrences, special 'diamond' pokemon, ect... It was a little overwhelming to someone who had only played Blue.
I also started reading the Pokemon comic recently. Yes, it is obviously meant to be read by kids, but I like it. They have some pretty good stories and don't try to talk down to the intended audience.
To wrap up, I don't think Pokemon should be considered childish by adults. It has enough complexity to the games that a child or adult can both be entertained. People who find it childish have probably only heard children talk about it and/or have never tried it themselves.
I grew up with it, and while I don't actually like a lot of the newer gens and how the games have progressed (though it is recent), I am a sucker for the original 150. I've never actually read the manga myself however. So yeah, I am 22 and still love Pokemon. My mother would watch it with me, and she even bought the games Crystal and Sapphire for herself. Now figure, shed about twice my age, and she also likes Pokemon. As for the anime, I know the original ones I watched had some important lessons in there, and you can never be too old to learn those. So where as it may seem childish to watch it because it was aimed at kids, I personally think it isn't. I suppose an easy way to put it would be that Pokemon for us, is like speed racer, or loony toons, for our parents, and so on and so forth. What may seem childish is just something we enjoyed when younger, and possibly still enjoy now.
And there's nothing wrong with an adult coming to like Pokemon, because that made bonding with my mother easier. We had plenty of fun playing the games with each other and watching the movies and shows together.
I'm 14, Australia. I think it depends on how much they like it, if they're crazy fanatics and middle aged... I think that'd be a bit childish. I mean, as a child you would have time and the energy to play games and watch shows and such, but when you grow up you cant get too crazy with the video games. In my opinion. But you can like it i suppose and not be childish. If you get what I'm trying to say.... it just depends.
I'm neutral to Pokemon. I never played Pokemon myself - or watched the cartoons on TV- but I remember how big they were in my school some 10 years ago. The tv-show was popular and lots of kids played with those trading cards and used to exchange them during the breaks. (Maybe you want to focus on the electronical game, but of that I know little, sorry.) After some years it was sort of dropped, though, and I'm not sure whether because people got older or because the fad passed - I think in this case it was a bit of both. I think Pokemon is not really childish. It may be aimed for children, but I wouldn't (as some do) think of it as a toy or judge anyone's maturity by whether they like it or not, as I understand those who have grown up with it mostly probably are fond of it. (I know for myself I still love Legos, though I don't really play with them anymore - yet sometimes wonder if i should again.) But one of my hypotheses I'd like to mention is that it's possible that those who seem it childish may very well have played it themselves at some point, but connect it so strongly with their childhoods that they see adults playing the game a bit peculiar, although adults playing adventure/strategy rpgs isn't otherwise a thing unheard of. It's a bit of a cultural thing, too. Anime and manga have in some way a stigma in Finland among some of those who don't know better and think it's all just for children (because it's cartoons and comics) and don't really approve of even teenagers liking them. This is absurd, but my guess is that they rank Pokemon in the same category of "childish Japanese toys". Not sure how constructive for your research this was, but i hoped i contributed with at least something. xp
Canada, 21, and I love pokemon. Ever since maybe 5th grade.. it stopped being "Cool" To like pokemon openly amongst classmates. People stopped bringing their collections of cards to school to trade, the show wasn't as popular, etc etc. But to me, I never stopped being proud to say I'm a pokemaniac! c:
Even though I don't watch the show anymore, I still purchase every new game boy game that comes out, and love the heck out of it!
I wouldn't say as *to kiddy*. Personally, it's not my type, I have watched Pokemon cartoon, and liked it quite at beginning ( didn't miss any episode XD ) but, as time was passing, it became kind of boring to me - with few reasons: 1) anime style of cartoon.. Pokemons were greatly drawn, but humans really started to bother me. 2) I think characters, as well, needed a bit more deeper motivation, and wider point of view at the world. Like, Jessy and James are always bad, always want to steal pokemons, but never learn from any their mistake. And logic is not too good, whatever happens, those three from Team Rocket *always* cross their path with main characters. It's interesting for the plot, but at one point, it becomes just too improbable.. What to say, I am too much of a reasoning person 3) one other thing is.. That it was just pissing me off, that they at beginning said there are, like 150 of pokemon, I think . but then, suddenly, when cartoon becomes a bit more boring - they appear hundreds more of them . or at least that's what I see it. Almost as if authors thought show was getting too predictable, and they decided to just add more pokemons to make it colorful. I never played video games, but my sister read manga,and said it's much better than cartoon, through I am not most eager to check.. I am quite lazy you know... XD
But then again,all this is only my personal view of Pokemon. I really don't think it's childish - that's why I voted *no* - but I don't personally am attracted to it like I was as younger ( 12-15 years old ore so). But, if people like the show, I would never say to them that it's childish - it's simply that, that different people have different tastes, and if you love pokemon, dear, there is no one in the world that has *right* to say you *you're too old for it*. Liking something has nothing to do with age, but with *interests*. All people around me tend to say I am childish because of liking *elves*, not even taking in account that those elves are characters of mythology, or of serious writers of fantasy books. All they see are long eared creatures, and they just wonder when I will stop with drawing them, no matter I don't plan to -.- My point is: *Never* let people dictate you what you should love based upon your *age*. If you like something, than there's no time limit that should ever drive you away from loving it.
No, I don't think it's too childish. Sure, most people look down on you if you're 20+ and still watch cartoons/anime, but it makes you who you are after all. Just because it's 'drawn in a childish way' doesn't mean you are childish. But that's just my opinion.
Hmm, interesting subject I, for one, am still 16 so... I don't suppose I'm an adult yet xD I was surrounded by Pokemon fans in the first few years of high school (it's died down now) and I have to say I was never into it. I don't like video games. I don't even like TV much. So in my personal opinion: yes, it is...
Why? I dunno, maybe I'm just conditioned to think that way about society. (As for nationality, my background is Chinese, but I live in Australia xD Good ol' Aussieland) I just feel it's so... ridiculous... Aren't there better things to like, really? The games are repetitive, the anime/manga is dull and cliche'd. It's just not appealing to me, and I guess I can understand why children like it, but as adults (who now have responsibilities and probably seen thousands of shows/played thousands of games like Pokemon) I just don't see the pull.
So yes. Childish. IMHO.
Oh also, one thing that probably influences me is that I moved from the anime/manga group to the more... 'normal teenage girl' group. So I turned my back on all of that (but I don't hate it, I do admit xD). I guess that influences my choices somehow? I dunno ._. If you let me rant I can keep going forever without ever coming to a conclusion as to why, so Imma shutting up now xD
UtopianTrespasserFeatured By OwnerMar 18, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
well you know games arent really childish in the first place they're just aimed at younger demographics or something And wow the plots and morals in pokemon are totally sugoi man i mean black/white was really really great about the whole "black and white are just two different sides of the same coin" and whatever. idk it just doesnt seem that childish to me??? like i know it's pitting your monsters against other people's monsters in basis but that doesnt sound childish at all it sounds kind of vicious and there's a whole lot of tactics and strategy involved but anyway my point is pokemon is something that old ladies could play or little four year olds, even businessmen. it doesnt have anything to do with age it has to do with imagination and crap
I don't think it's too childish~ I mean I don't play the games myself anymore,or watch the movie or anything but I do have some friends who do. Side note: I keep a small bunch of my favorite pokemon cards to use as bookmarks. I'm from the U.S. hope that helped!