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15In the Beginning…

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The start of your adventures in Pokémon is always a special moment. In Red and Blue, it was Palette Town and, in Gold and Silver, it’s New Bark Town. Such a cute little name, indicating the start of your journey or something ‘new.’ The original name in the

demos was a lot less cute. It was originally called “Silent Hills,” which, for me, just evokes horror and feeling creeped out. Which was exactly why they changed the name in Pokémon. See, the Silent Hill video game predated Gold and Silver by about a year, so to avoid any confusion (or really unfortunate comparisons), they did a quick name change. The demo was shown at the Nintendo 1997 Space World and then Silent Hill came out in 1999, with Gold and Silver coming out afterwards.

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