So today, I succumbed to temptation and bought one of those pokemon card sets for 20 dollars *__*
It was a really impulsive buy. But I'm happy I made it. I really miss opening up card packs and being all excited over what's in them and SMELLING the new cards. I love the smell of the cards especially. And the pretty art. And the shiny holo/reverse holo cards. Super awesome :)
The TCG has definitely changed since I first started though. Cards now look so much more sleek. I was browsing online looking up info about the tournaments and stuff and then I decided to stick to competitive pokemon only in video games...the card game costs waaay too much. But opening booster packs just gave me so much nostalgia about when my mom bribed me to go shopping with her with a pack of pokemon cards when I was a little kid. And of all the times I rearranged my pokemon cards...they took up SO much space when I arranged them. But it was super fun.
Although really, the whole new lvl x thing and EX and whatever seem just...really unnecessarily flashy? But maybe younger kids these days really like stuff like that (pff, I probably would too a few years ago) so it's necessary to keep the franchise going. I bet the game is probably still fun to play and I would totally play the TCG if I had the time/money to do it but for now I'll just stick to the cheaper video games lololol