@renegademike: It's important to me because different people have different views of the same things and hearing, or in the space a game, playing other peoples stories helps better your understanding of your own experiences
@ianmac: I would pick up one of the newest ones like people have said, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are the newest pair to be released. They are the first time we have seen a major update to the formula and they are probably the best Pokemon games yet. As for which one to buy of the two, just pick up the one you think has a better monster on the cover, as that is sort of the big bad end game thing.
Also don't worry about the differences between versions, the internet made it sort of meaningless. It's just a hangover from when you needed a link cable to hook up two Game Boys
@humanity: it's also stupid on the pricing, Brad has said it seems over priced at $20. Here in the UK, it's £20, which is about equal to $30. The tax difference is considerably less than that and most games and DLC are priced accordingly but Activision don't feel they should bother to price appropriately.
This behaviour is in keeping with their overall attitude with the base game, the have removed more content from the base game than they have added. Even after mass criticism of the the amount of content in the base game.
The have over charged for a tiny amount of additional content and to encourage the players to buy the DLC, locked them out of some of what little was in the base game.
It's hard to see they're justification for continuing to abuse their player base, that will only decrease over time and only faster with each piece of bad news that comes out. It's a credit to Bungie that they can make a game that plays so well that people are willing to take the amount of crap that we have had to endure.