Its a shame that such a long and thoughtful post has went without discussion. Though I don't have much to add, unfortunately. SoulSilver is the first game I've stuck with without quitting before the forth gym badge. The one thing that this series has that keep pulling me back in (until it finally dug its claws into me in SoulSilver) is its simplicity combined with depth. Its as complicated as you want it to be. I admit that when collectability is concerned I'm a bit OCD. For that reason I was overwhelmed with all of the nuances from the previous games that I had missed to the point of being unable to carry forward. Pokevirus? What do you mean I can't get this berry unless I import it from Gen. II?! Argh! In combination with my new "Fuck it!" attitude I've finally been able to enjoy and play the game.