I think I'm ready for my first Pokémon game now. I couldn't find a single thread covering most of what I'm looking to know about, so here are the questions keeping me from just jumping into the Pokécraze. Any help is appreciated! 1. Are the games related to the anime series? / Is it beneficial to watch the Pokémon anime if I'm playing the games? 2. Do I need to understand the Pokémon trading card game and how it works before trying the 3DS games? 3. Can I just pick any game I like, e.g. X/Y or OR/AS? Should I start with one of the older games and work my way up? 4. Because there are usually two Pokémon games released at the same time, how should I choose which one to play if I'm only playing solo (i.e. not going to trade Pokémon with a friend)? 5. Should I, only starting out with Pokémon games, be aware of Pokémon Bank and learn how to use it? / Does use of Pokémon Bank bring additional value to the games to a newbie? 6. Can Pokémon games be played online or are they mostly offline/local games? Is there a good online community for discussing Pokémon games, however without discussion of Pokémon data editing / hacks? 7. Finally, why exactly are Pokémon games so popular? / Why are you hooked to playing Pokémon games?