In today shitty economy where getting a regular professional job is fucking hard, still kind of amaze me you can do a career writing about videogames, I imagine is not easy but still..
Well, you're here on a website about video games, aren't you? Judging by the gold medal on your profile picture, you like content related to video games enough to pay for it, right?
That's how people have jobs writing about video games (and playing them on video, etc.).
It's the same reason people have jobs writing about movies or plays or music or TV. Heck, it's the same reason people have jobs making movies and plays and music and TV. None of that stuff is essential to human life, strictly speaking. That stuff exists because people like it. They want it. They're willing to contribute time and money to it. You're proof of that. Again, you're here. You paid money. Maybe you like some professionals better than others and that's fine, but it's beside the point.
Now that we've established that there's a market for something like video game coverage, I'll reiterate what you already know: It takes a lot of work (and time, and money) to do it right. Giant Bomb does it better than most, IMO, but it's still the full-time job of a lot of people. It's not a cakewalk.
The thing you reposted from NeoGAF makes a lot of misinformed assumptions about entertainment journalism of all kinds (not just video game journalism, I promise you) and the relationship between press and publishers. It seems like any anger you might have at press publications might be entirely due to misinformation or misunderstanding.
I don't know specifically what everybody on Twitter is freaking out about this weekend (I can make some informed guesses, but I honestly have little clue), and I agree that maybe the better course of action for everybody involved would have been to just stay quiet instead of dancing around an issue... But I think it's dangerous to assume that this is something related to "hand-outs" or pure timing.
@sargus: It appears that there are more than just the big 3 as I've heard stuff about definitely a couple more, but I haven't heard of the entire Gen 1 showing up. It seems to me, that Hunter5024's suggestion is the most reasonable.
There are a lot more than a couple more Gen 1 characters I assure you, but if you're going for 100% Pokedex completion then yeah, one way to do it would be getting all games from Gen 3 and up and trading your way up, because you can't trade directly between HeartGold and X/Y. This would require an old-school DS (not a DSi, as you need the GBA port), a second GBA-capable device of some sort, a link cable and a 3DS. You would need to trade from FireRed/LeafGreen up to SoulSilver/HeartGold/Diamond/Pearl/Platinum up to Black/White/B2/W2 up to X/Y. It's a lot of steps that aren't cheap (since the games, even used, are still near full-price most places).
Or you could just try trading with others to get what you want that you don't find on the fields of X/Y. While the online system isn't up yet, trading locally in X/Y is extremely easy, and I expect it to work similarly online.
Alright, so I was once a fan of pokemon, a very long time ago.
I played pokemon was many years ago on the Gameboy Pocket, with Pokemon Yellow.
I was almost in the exact same situation (only I played Pokemon Blue). I reviewed Pokemon X/Y and loved it. Totally took me back to the old days while also taking advantage of modern gameplay possibilities, and it didn't take me long at all to get used to all the new stuff that's been added to the series over the years. Also, yes, old Pokemon are in it, and every time I saw one I was hit with nostalgia.
"you can pick one of the gen 1 starters at the beginning of the game"