Yesterday ,Sriharsha was a panelist in a panel discussion about gender gap.He was talking about the fads of the various generations.I wondered “Are Pokemons the new g I Joe?"
What makes Pokemon or G I Joe so good?I will say it is the detail (not frames per second, but); the customizability of your favorite character.Even though Pikachu is the hero's pokemon, I personally know kids who like Bulbasaur or Charmander more.
Though G I Joe had well defined good and bad, there were no less than 65 of the good guys to choose from (including Lady Jay and scarlet for macho girls) and 24 cobra leaders /masterminds to hate.
Everyone who likes his/her Pokemon has a favorite one: There are 150 of them to choose from: each with its own attacks strengths and evolutionary levels.
What appeals these people is not whether the show is about saving America or appreciating the environment (that talk is for the parents to allow the kids to watch the show ) but the complex alternate scenario they are put in ( the world with pokemons or that of the special commando forces).
Also this is not specific to these 2 generations alone. The time in between also had its share of such Pseudo real Scenarios .Star wars the real reason for whose success is the Mystical “force” rather than the Light saber fights of the new trilogy.
Finally, all of you (between 15 and 25 and watching T V since 5 or from before) who are giggling that none of these ever afflicted you; take this acronym
W W F.