So I've always been curious, what does Pokémon mean to you? As an avid fan myself, I've read the manga, played all the games, watched all the anime. To me, the spirit and core of the Pokémon Games is about the bond between a Pokémon and trainer, how its explored, and the journey you go on. Its about the experience, and the many ways being with Pokémon changes us. (One of the many reasons I love the new anime. It focuses on the world, not just one aspect). Gyms and stuff are fun, but I think they are meant to serve as an expression of the strength of your bond with your Pokémon. Same with the concept of contests. I love the camp mechanic and the friendship mechanic of Pokémon dodging moves, curing themselves of poisoning etc. My favorite part of a new game is the journey and the new Pokémon I'll meet along the way. The discovery and exploring a new world. This is what it means to me. So what I wanted to ask is, what does Pokémon mean to you? What does the franchise represent to you and what is your favorite aspect? I want to hear what you love about Pokémon!