Retrograde #3: Pokémon Red/Blue

1 hour 4 mins - Published Wed, Jun 20, 2012 by Anthony Hobday, Jack Marshall, James MacFadyen and Lysanne Fisher

Welcome to episode three of Retrograde! For our third episode, we take a look back at where Pokémon all began with Pokémon Red and Blue.

Join me, Jack Marshall, with my co-hosts Anthony Hobday, Lysanne Fisher, and James MacFadyen as we set our laser sights to the phenomenally successful Pokémon Red and Blue.

Chosen by Lysanne Fisher this week we delve into the in and outs of the world of Pokémon Red and Blue where we discuss the morality of the games, the story-line, and of course the strategy involved with the battle cross matrix. We discuss some of the best homages made to Pokemon including Pokemon in Real Life by, PokeAwesome – Just a Pokémon Battle (NSFW language), the Pokemon BeeDrill Rap (again NSFW language), and the syther fail comic strip. We discuss the dedication of some fans who spend days trying to find Shiny Ponytas before delving into the seedy world of the Lavender Town Syndrome. Lastly, we each give our final Retrograde stamp to the game in the form of Pokémon types.

This weeks episode is sponsored by is a new video game community dedicated to funny, informative, and entertaining video game reviews. Whether they be retro or current, PC or console, handheld or smartphone, no game is safe from the piercing insight of the VidyaGirls crew. Make sure to also check out this excellent ‘Gotta Review Em’ All!’ feature focusing on reviewings all the Pokemon games.

So grab your pokeballs, kiss your single mother good-bye, and step out into the world of Pokemon Red and Blue with the Retrograde crew!


Retrograde is a fortnightly retro gaming show launched on the CSICON network in May 2012. Each episode focuses on one game from yesteryear chosen by one of our Retrograde team, who put the game under scrutiny as well as talk about the history and legacy of the game and its overall impact on the gaming world. Join your hosts as they suit up and brave the world of sprites and chip tunes.

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