That makes an odd amount of sense. I was fifteen when Red and Blue came out, so obviously my memory goes before that, and I can easily recall stuff before that. But then I think, "That was before Pokemon!" and I have to stop and process that.
I'm not a GRRL gamer; I'm just another kid who had a Nintendo and never grew out of it.
My Mom bought me a gameboy with a bunch of games(to share with my Sister) when I went on a plane to Florida as a kid (might've been my first flight). I ended up playing Ruby because the cartridge was a different color. I gave that one to my Sister and I got Sapphire eventually (no idea when or how - I just remember having it)
I got the Toys R Us promotional VHS in the mail back at the start of it all, and I just realized that was about 15 years ago. I was 10 years old just the age for a young trainer to start their journey.
I was so excited, and I watched it so many times. I remember playing Pokemon Blue on my Gameboy Pocket, and watching the show when it first aired. I had my parents tape it so I could watch it every day after school.