Going through this thread was a trip down memory lane. I remember so many things from back then. The whole Tobii incident, Jumpeon. Man it was a blast, even if some people lost stuff from scammers, Ill never forget how much fun it was. My journey started waaaay back in 2012, where we didn't even have an Elite 4 and just chilled in Viridian or grinded in the Victory Road. I do regret never having spoken up, and usually playing alone by myself, only ever talking in Global when someone asked to trade evolve, as I myself was a victim of a scammer (I wonder who that couldve been cough cough) so I tried to help others not falling victim to other scammers. Most didnt trust me, but there were a bunch and it was always nice to see them happy with their new evolved Pokemon. And hey, I got a new dex entry for free, that was always something. I miss quite a lot of people from back then, and I see that a lot have stopped or outright vanished. I never got a shiny myself nor did I participate in any tournament (heck I still dont have a competitive Pokemon....) but it was just a blast traveling through the region and reading other peoples stories through Global and the threads here in the forums. At some point I started to chat with Emlee and Feravyne, Fera even being so nice to draw my signature for me and refusing to take my exp share (I had enough) after she opened her art shop, as I offered it to her thinking it was unfair for me to get a freebie like that. But she never took it. I stayed somewhat in contact with Emlee and Fera through Skype, however things died down and the last message I had with Emlee is probably already a good 2 years ago. I cant check on Skype anymore as I deleted it and all the chat logs when Discord rolled around. I must say that the game does feel somewhat more.... hollow. Global chat, as much as Im glad its back, having experienced a bit of the time when Global didnt exist, its just not the same anymore as it used to. But as DoubleJ already said, nothing lasts forever. But in a time before the PSS and Festival Plaza from Game Freak, it was one of the best Pokemon experiences Ive had. And Ill cherish the memories I have, even if no one else here remembers me, which is just my own fault for thinking my english wouldn't be good enough and I shouldnt talk much, else Id just embarass myself.
For why I stopped PokeMMO back then was mostly just how things changed. At some point we were finally able to breed but the rules for it were just so offputting. I love breeding, its what I do most on my playtime in any Pokemon game since Leafgreen... Sure, its a MMO, so there had to be stuff to make it a bit harder to get the good stuff, but everytime I tried to breed something, I instead just opened my DS or 3ds and breed on there instead. Just in ORAS alone I have had bred over 5000 eggs. (Those are just eevee eggs as I just love to breed these little critters, and then on christmas or eastern wondertrade all of them, giving random players eevees with 5 or 6 31IVs.) Not being able to do the same here just took my interest out of breeding entirely. Well, at least on PokeMMO it took my breeding interests away. On 3ds I was still going strong, helping friends as I had good parents for almost all egg groups and could quickly get my friends the desired Pokemon... And without the competitive side I just didnt have anything to do in PokeMMO anymore, so I stopped. Then I heard Hoenn was finally in the game. But even Hoenn couldnt get my interest back for more than 2 weeks, in which I didnt even complete the Hoenn campaign. I mean, why play Hoenn on PokeMMO when we had an upgraded version? And thanks to the PSS it kind of felt like an MMO, just you couldnt see the other players. Soon PokeMMO fell again into the darker parts of my brain.
And then by coincidence someone in a discord talked about PokeMMO again and showed screens with gen 5 Pokemon. Suddenly I was interested in it again, so Im just gonna finish my Hoenn quest and get to Unova and see where things will go. I just know, no matter the updates, no matter what will come next, PokeMMO will just never be the same as it was back with only Kanto, no Elite 4, and people getting scammed by Tobii and asking how to get Jumpeon....
Phew, its gotten longer than I expected. Thanks for reading I guess. And thanks for the trip through old memories.