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Current Interest: Mio from Xenoblade 3. I drew her as a full anthro [consider this somewhat a beta version of my own fursona] because anime cat girls are not cat enough for me. I love this woman so much and she is the new official Xeno girl I'd be if I were one. Whilst I still prefer Xenogears and Xenosaga, Xenoblade 3 has ingratiated a special place in my heart despite its many, many flaws.
Let me be plain with you: I am a 31 year old married woman and yes, I will admit it - a shameless humanoid animal connoisseur or as you may want to call me: a furry. Though I'm not super old, I feel I have experienced much in this lifetime. So judge me however you like.
I am nothing special - spending as much time as I can in my own little world. When I'm not doing that, I'm probably drawing [obsessively redesigning whatever fursona I deign to represent me at the time - I'm doing my best to create the BIG ONE which has been deemed as a white domestic cat/maine coon type], working on my projects, or playing Pokemon/Final Fantasy XIV.
My favorite beasts are domestic felines, canines of all types, and fluffy mammalian draconic serpents with feathery wings. Lately, I have surrendered myself to my INSANE CAT LADY OBSESSION that has been brewing within me since I was a young child. I now fully embrace my love of cats. Whilst I enjoy canines and other creatures a lot as well, cats are very special to me in a way I can't describe.
Long Rambles About My Pokemon Preferences
Preferred Generations: I heavily favor Gens 1 and 2, being an old fan. They have a certain feel to them that the newer games don't capture and I prefer their design aesthetics. I just really like that vibe Pokemon had before it had fully established its patterns. It felt a little more mature and lowkey and Pokemon Stadium was just so full of personality and charm. Old school Sugimori art also feels very textured and human - this handmade feel and passion that I think has been lost as things got more digitized and mass-produced. Back when Game Freak really was an indie company and had no idea this Pokemon thing would take off.
I still enjoy newer games though, like Gens 6 and 7. My favorite Gen is actually Gen 4 due to the enhanced battle mechanics and HGSS being awesome. Also, Gen 4 had the best spin-off game and my personal favorite - Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky.
Why I Play Pokemon: I really resonate with the designs, particularly those of Gens 1, 2, 3, and 6. The creatures have inspired me since I was young to become an artist. Lately, since around Gen 7, I have unfortunately disliked the majority of them. I feel they've gotten too toyetic and cartoony, with overly simple shapes and losing the naturalistic feel that Gen I started. Also, they've lost cohesion and consistency - with so many artists working on the series now, the designs don't fit together as much or look like they're part of the same series.
Because they're going in a direction that I personally dislike and for a multitude of other reasons [poor technical performance], I may not continue to play the modern games after Gen 9. However, I will forever love Pokemon and continue to create my own fanart and content regarding it, as well as playing the older games and various romhacks. It is a huge part of who I am and that will never change.
I also just love putting my team together and bonding with my Pokemon. I don't want them to just be pretty designs - I want to have memorable moments with them through the gameplay. It's a mini-roleplaying experience for me. [Honestly though, I'd rather BE a Pokemon than a trainer. I feel Pokemon are too cool to just be relegated to serving humans, but hey, it's a video game and it's fun.]