- Marius Roth(Astartus)Germany
Pokemon Ruby has not only been the first Pokemon game that I played through thoroughly, but also the first game, that encouraged connecting and exchanging data with friends (at least more than the previous editions Red/Blue/Yellow).
The game offered the posibility to connect yor game with other players via the link-up cable, and trade pokemon with other players, and more interesting, use the new VM (virtual machine) "Secret Power" to create a hidden secret base at specific locations. If your friends had such a secret base, these bases would appear in your game after mixing/exchanging data, and you were able to visit these bases afterwards.
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For the most part, these bases were just cosmetic, with some "trap" stones available, that made walking around a small adventure. There were music stones that played one tune when stepped on it, stones that emitted leaves or stones that pushed you into a specific direction.
But the other player would also appear inside this base, and you could battle his team of Pokemon that s/he had at the time of the data exchange, for experience and money. In later editions of the game, the possibility to earn money with these battles was skipped, but some sort of "capture the flag" game had been added, where you could try to steal your friends flag from their base and put thim into your own collection.
Later editions of the game enhanced this system with the "friendcode" system, allowing you to exchange data over the internet via WiFi, not having to always use the link-up cable.
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