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Rival-ing by Gabasonian Rival-ing by Gabasonian
Let's just say that if you compare X/Y to Red/Blue, there's a difficulty gap.

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Red/Blue: On several occasions, symbolizes your rival coming out of nowhere to challenge/wreck you.

X/Y: On several occasions, symbolizes the delayable battles and heals on the spot.

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:iconarticwolfclaw:
ArticWolfClaw Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Blue is the ultimate troll
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:iconmedievor:
Medievor Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
I still remember whooping his sorry ass and his Pokémon after he tried to pull that stunt on me.
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:iconshiryu67:
shiryu67 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
Remember the times where even after harsh Poke battle you had to fight against your own will?

Red remembers.....tragically.
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:iconhydrosapiens:
hydrosapiens Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If Gamefreak doesn't give us a female asshole (or at least competitive) rival I s2g.....
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:icontheelfdruid:
TheElfDruid Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Gary's face is pure gold.
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:iconwixi2000:
Wixi2000 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a proof! GARRY IS A FU**ING A**HOLE!!!
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:iconchristeam3:
christeam3 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Student Artist
Funny
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:iconpyrolfdraco1356:
PyrolfDraco1356 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats becuase since pokemon is a kids game,or made for little kids, they had to lower the difficulty so they could play through the game. I also noticed the difference when i replayed x and y with heartgold and soulsilver. Really big diff. I actually had to be careful of which pkmn i took with me, while in the newer games, i didnt even have to switch that much, and not even in my party too. But at least their story plot is gerting better :/
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Icesticker Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there really isn't that much of a difficulty gap. There is just a gap in your skill from when you played the first to when you played the most recent. I went back and played through blue since it was on the 3ds and pretty much walked right through the game.
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:iconthedragonfly52413:
TheDragonfly52413 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I beg to differ. I've recently replayed Silver, and I felt way more challenged compared to X and Y
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
(OoC: I don't know what you guys are talking about. Games are pretty easy for me)

Pokemon FireRed if it could speak: Maybe it's because you KEEP GRINDING FOR FIVE *&#$ING HOURS LIKE A LITTLE B!^$#!!

(OoC: .......... Touché)
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Icesticker Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh the new ones are definitely easier, but not so much as people keep claiming. they make it seem like the early games were like dark souls or somethings and the new ones are paint-by-numbers. Pokemon in general is rather easy once you know how to play a pokemon game, even gen 2. Your rival in gen 1 doesn't even jump out at you in bad places. There is almost always a healing spot before he shows up.
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
(OoC: I don't know what you guys are talking about. Games are pretty easy for me)

Pokemon FireRed if it could speak: Maybe it's because you KEEP GRINDING FOR FIVE *&#$ING HOURS LIKE A LITTLE B!^$#!!

(OoC: .......... Touché)
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:iconicesticker:
Icesticker Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
grinding, it is like you've never played an RPG before. What do you think the G stands for.
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016
(OoC: YEAH!! WHAT SHE SAID!! Wait, you're not a she?....... WHAT HE SAID, I MEANT, THEN)
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:iconxwarzardx:
xWARZARDx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I always felt that there should be a difficulty mod where when you go to the elite 4 or w/e they have now for final tournaments, that all pokemon should be at the level of your highest level pokemon. Perhaps even boost stats or skills for a hell mode to be more strategic. 
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PyrolfDraco1356 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Er, wouldnt that actually give you an advantage? I mean if you have a level 40 pkmn (just an example) and a level 2 pkmn, then if we add in what you just said. Itd be 2 level 40 pkmn which would really be easy to defeat ppl with.
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xWARZARDx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Well, the CPU should have their default levels so let's just say they average 79 is the highest level by default, but if you have your highest level pokemon at level 85, then all of the CPU's pokemon will be all evened out at lvl 85. 
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PyrolfDraco1356 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmm okay now that actually sounds difficult and fun at the same time!!! Now the only problem is how we gonna put it into the game if nintendo doesnt do it! Lol!!
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:iconxwarzardx:
xWARZARDx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
lol, that's simple. It's because they WON'T do it :P that's what modders are for unfortunately >.< 
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PyrolfDraco1356 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha true!
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:iconxwarzardx:
xWARZARDx Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I have played difficulty mods as I described, for me it's a lot of fun.  For some stupid reason I love having bird teams, I'm like that one gym leader xD 
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:iconpyrolfdraco1356:
PyrolfDraco1356 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol. For me i like, well LIKED, having a balanced party. Even tho now i dont really need any other pkmn than my starter.
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:iconnativewolf999:
NativeWolf999 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
new pokémon games don't have the rival we used to have
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:iconnapalmintherain:
NapalmInTheRain Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
To be fair X/Y does take place in fantasy France.
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:iconyukinitta:
YukiNitta Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then they should be even BIGGER assholes!
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:iconnapalmintherain:
NapalmInTheRain Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
Nah. Just more standoffish and passive-aggressive.
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:iconerikatheraindeer:
erikatheraindeer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016
I don't get it.
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:iconhanscarabonala:
HansCarabonala Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Now it makes all sense!
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:iconfoxxyvillain:
Foxxyvillain Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup...
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:iconnxf11rocks:
nxf11rocks Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Miss the old days
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:iconisaacjralderman:
isaacjralderman Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know games are too easy now they have better graphics than the older games but at the least the older hames had some degree of difficulty
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:iconcointasy:
Cointasy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Lmfao
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:iconfatcat512:
fatcat512 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True on so many levels.
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:iconvertege:
vertege Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
so much love for red/blue lmao <3
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:iconlivelongbutlol:
LiveLongButLOL Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
There is a huge difficulty gap, and I hate that there is such a huge gap. It's just too easy now.
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:iconrenzo01950:
Renzo01950 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
When i play FireRed im gonna save if she close nearby. But sometime if i don't know she here and i lose im gonna back to the save where i save.
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:iconsotokua:
SotokuA Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Student General Artist
definitely feels easier 
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:iconsakpalamey:
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just how many pokemon games are there?
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:iconmrlunaz:
MrLunaz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
too many.
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:iconxhack:
Xhack Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
I'm replaying Red right now, and this is so true xD
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:iconlildp2006:
lildp2006 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
top:me at my current pokemon black and white save in a nutshell ;u;
bottom:if only that was a reality in black and white
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DerpingAtDeviantArt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
But Pokémon B&W is so easy o_o'
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:iconlildp2006:
lildp2006 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mostly find rock type trainers in that cave and I don't have a freaking water type ;u;
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:iconderpingatdeviantart:
DerpingAtDeviantArt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
B-but... Fighters... and PLANTS D:
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:iconlildp2006:
lildp2006 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I MOSTLY HAVE FIRE TYPES
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:iconderpingatdeviantart:
DerpingAtDeviantArt Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016
MEW TOO, BUT YOU CAN GET ONE BY WALKING AROUND ON DA GRASS IN SOME PLACES, Y'NOW :XD:
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:iconlildp2006:
lildp2006 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BUT I'M SO FAR IN THE CAVE ;U;
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:iconhobotim:
HoboTim Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Case in point of how casual gamers are becoming today. 
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:iconkeiichi72:
Keiichi72 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
Some recent-ish games still give me hope though; like Alice: Madness Returns.
Played that on Nightmare/hardest difficulty from get-go to make it an interesting first playthrough, and it was interesting all right ;P
Horrible checkpoint locations make you fight 2-3 entire battles before reaching a new one, enemies are relentless (enough), and certain fights mix enemies together in the most annoying ways you have to try a few times at least to beat them.
That was a 2012 game right? Recent enough to say there's hope for future ones, (maybe once everyone stops making shooters, questers, and interactive dramas they'll get a little creative... just a little).
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