Reblog on Tumblr: bonnyjohn.tumblr.com/post/8143…
Here's the image in it's "true" form: i.imgur.com/tqV3RQI.gifv
The moment I defeated MissingNo, I started to tear up. To be exact, it was halfway through fighting the demented creature and abomination when I realized that I made a grave mistake. When I was a kid, Pokemon was almost everything to me. I loved playing the game, which was the only Gameboy title I had that had been gifted to me. I loved the game world, its characters, the monsters, and everything in between.
MissingNo….I wanted to see MissingNo for myself. As a kid, I had decided as soon as I was introduced to the franchise that I wanted to be a Pokemon master, whatever that meant…and if meeting MissingNo was part of the journey, then it had to be done.
I would learn that the encounter was a grave error on my behalf. MissingNo is not an actual Pokemon by any means, but the summation of that battle proved to me that it is part of my experience with the franchise and Generation 1, which is why it has been featured here today.
At the conclusion of the meeting, I got what I wanted. I won. I beat the glitch and it bowed to me, granting me my prize and spoils like all the kids at school said. I would start up my game and everything would be as I left it. I was a Pokemon master, and I tamed the infamous MissingNo.
Yet, why was it that when it was time to head back into the game, my heart was racing at the thought of starting up the handheld? Confidence shifted into regret and then an anger as to why I even attempted to meet MissingNo…Were the rare candies worth it?
I remember it seemed to take an eternity to get to the game’s start screen the first time I ran Gameboy after the MissingNo encounter. The system started up with the usual Gameboy logo coming on screen with the “ding!” at the end. Soon after, we had the GameFreak logo, the now iconic Gengar vs. Nidorino battle, and finally the Pokemon game screen.
I hit the start button to be invited to the only two options available that came to crush my spirit:
My heart sank and I began to cry almost instantaneously. I was always a sensitive kid, hell I’m pretty sensitive even now, but that day I felt like I lost what I felt was the world to me then. The hours and hours of adventuring, the creatures I raised to be my partners and best friends for this journey, the Dex I swore I would fill, the badges and Hall of Fame that proved of my legacy…It was all gone.
Today’s illustration is a collage that repersents the still vivid imagery that run through my head when I think of MissingNo. This piece is compromised of the pixels I knew all too well that were stripped from me at the cost of greed. It represents a lesson learned, and the feelings of fear, sadness, rage, regret, and defeat that MissingNo brought me that day many many years ago.
Happy April Fool’s Day.
+ Pokemon One a Day is a series illustrated and curated by Bonny John in an effort to represent the the first generation of characters from the world wide phenomenon that is known as Pokemon. The idea is simple - to draw and share one new Pokemon a day (weekends off!) until every Pokemon from the set is completed. This project is an exploration of fine art styles for learning and leisurely purposes.
I beat that thing a hundred times and nothing ever happened other than a bunch of duplicated items. 8(
I really enjoy your pokemon a day thing, you've got here.
I'll be sure to check out the others!! <3
As for the story and MissingNo, that's how I remember it, anyway! I was a kid at the time so my memory is hazy. Someone else was telling me that this glitch couldn't reset/restart the game so I'm looking back/wondering if maybe I thought the game was all fudged up due to the crazy lettering that happens and thinking maybe my game was permanently messed up and maybe I restarted it as an only option. I do recall seeing the duplicate items which was of course the end goal but I was upset that I tried to "cheat" and figured that was what I deserved XD. Regardless I wrote up the description when this piece was first released as how I remember that time!
Btw, the actual illustration is supposed to be a gif, so here's the proper view (the frame posted is I suppose the form of the gif I developed as a piece to represent MissingNo) of it: i.imgur.com/tqV3RQI.gifv
The actual posting is now updated to show a link to it as I seemed to have forgotten to link it before! T.T
Ah I see. I heard that if you caught it and then saved your game with it, that would screw your game up. Well, "gotta catch them all" is the slogan, so maybe little you thought you had to catch it and then that killed your game.
Haha, I think it was definitely the little kid in me wanting more rare candies than filling out the Pokedex! It's all good though - I felt like it was a valuable lesson then and besides, resulted in an interesting experience that helped me create a nice little illustration for the series!