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Some friends of mine got drunk last night and ending up singing the Pokemon theme song for hours last night, and it got me reminiscing about the games. I "caught them all" in the first generation, caught a few in the second generation, and then forgot about the series for a decade or so and never bothered with the third or fourth generations.
I thought it might be fun to have another go at the games, so I borrowed Emerald from my roommate and gave it a few hours. Unfortunately, the games are actually pretty terrible. They were fun as escapist garbage when I was a child, but in mechanics/design/depth they're so outdated and shallow that they really aren't worth my time anymore.
I still have a collecting itch, though, and now I'm wondering if anyone ever successfully advanced the genre in the fourteen years since Pokemon came out. Specifically, I have a hankering for "catching them all," but in a package with the gameplay and graphics that can satisfy me now that I'm no longer the guy in middle school who found Pokemon Blue so entertaining.
So what sort of games are out there? I've heard mention of Monster Hunter over the years, but I wasn't impressed the one time I gave it a go a few years ago. Is that what I'm looking for? Should I give Pokemon another shot? What else is out there?