I let myself be bullied about playing Pokemon in highschool. Red and Blue came out my first year in high school - I was also a scrawny lanky geek and had low self esteem, superlatives are different now for kids. Anyway, I stopped playing it soon after and played my "bro" games like Golden Eye and Mortal Kombat 3. I really wish I stuck with it, those games were fun.
Lo, the same thing happened with me. IIRC, the games and anime started the summer before my freshmen year, and on the first day of high school, I made the grievous mistake of wearing a Pokemon t-shirt. That pretty much killed my entire first year, but luckily, the other three years turned out not so bad. Eventually, I found these other two guys who liked the games, and I learned that it was okay to like the series as long as i didn't advertise my love for it. Luckily, these days I can wear pokemon shirts out in public all I want and nobody bats an eye.
Edited by Morgil, 13 October 2015 - 10:36 AM.