For years trading card games have been around entertaining adults and children alike. When the release of the Pokémon TCG came to be, it sparked the love of children across the world. Tournaments, competitions, battle ladders, and casual battles became almost as common for Pokémon as it did for Magic the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and other secondary trading card game formats.
Nowadays, however, we are left with the luxury of online Pokémon battles through the handhelds, as well as websites and programs that house a library of cards allowing you to make your dream deck and battle with them. Leaves us with the question, has the Pokémon TCG finally met the end of its days.
Every TCG format has taken an extensive hit from the state of the economy, children growing up, and changing of the times, and in ideas of fun. Where a pastime that brought people together once stood, now leaves significantly fewer people filling the seats of competitions. In the UK and Japan, the tournaments have lessened greatly with Pokémon TCG formats. A lack of competitors has caused tournaments to cancel and close completely. Card shops have taken a financial hit from the lack of purchasers in their shops and have begun to discontinue the sales of most Pokémon TCG packs.
The truth is that yes, trading card games are indeed dying. It isn’t just Pokémon or Magic, it is all of them. Technology has advanced enough to cause people, children, especially, to become engulfed in a world of cyber interaction that eliminates the need for publicly social interaction. This is the truth that has affected children going outside and playing in the mud, people going for a ride through the country holding hands, long walks in the park, even playing basketball with your friends. Pokémon TCG is dying, but it isn’t dead. In fact, the fan base in the United States has seemingly grown in recent years, rather than wither away like other countries.
Put down the phones, step away from your computers and tablets. Pick up a deck of cards and battle, duel, throw down. Whatever TCG format you play, support your local card shops and join a draft or tournament. Make friends the old-fashioned way and revive a dying platform that predates smartphones.
We would like to say that this article is based on opinion, but when you look around, you realize that no one is looking up. They are all looking down. We know that the TCG isn’t dead yet, because there are still fans. We want to see more fans though. Let us know what you think. Thank you for reading.