Don't often make threads but I was wondering if anyone ever felt the same way about this particular topic. Recently found a bunch of fan made pokemon games through random browsing (side note: alot of them are fantastically made, and there are a fair few of them as well, but I digress), and decided on a lark to browse the FF section and have a few laughs at what I thought would be terribly childish stories. The first story I found by sorting by Fav's and chose this one at random: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7354757/1/The-Game-of-Champions It was utterly fantastic, in every way for a story to be I thought. Or maybe I just had low expectations, but still. Worldbuilding, humor, character development, overarching plots, interesting narrative style, grammar, punctuation, fantastic battle scenes, engaging dialogue. I was completely blown away by how professional this story was and how maturely it handled the (PGish) pkmn world and transformed it into something exciting and completely malevolent, alien but utterly engrossing and real. It isn't complete and hasn't been updated in a year; but I was so pumped. Fuck yeah! This wasn't even the top of the list, I can't wait to read more quality stories like this, I thought! How hopelessly naive. Every other story I tried to read was utter trash compared to this one, I felt like it completely ruined every other story for me. They either were terrible technically or suffered from I guess we could term it as Game Syndrome (who wants to read battle scenes that go, PKMN X : USE Y, NOW PKMN Z : USE A) Holy shit. Terrible. BUt then again it is how the canon works so it is what it is. Other issues noticeable at but a glance included the good ol' !Powerful!Sue!Master Character and standard re-hash. It was honestly eye opening how much one story (In my opinion, of course. I have hardly read a wide selection either) can stand so far above every other story within its designation. I truly lack an appropriate metaphor as to describe how wide the divide is between this story and others. Anyone else encounter something similar and have opposing/identical thoughts?