|The original Pikachu card.|
|The iconic Dark Magician Card from Yu-Gi-Oh.|
A few years later, we stuffed our collection of Pokemon cards underneath our beds and started using our earnings from chores to buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards. Now this is a card game we actually played. We were all addicted to the anime, and we bought starter packs to match our favorite characters from the show. The anime taught us all the basics to get us started as duelists. Yes, duelists. We weren't playing a game. No, no. We were dueling. It was serious business.
As we began to understand the game a bit more, we ventured away from the starter packs and threw in cards from booster packs. I can remember how much fun I had assembling decks and playing practice duels with friends.
When I reached high school literacy, I slowly got into Magic: The Gathering. Now THIS was a very elaborate trading card game. Unfortunately for me, I was a teen with no job, so I couldn't afford to collect Magic cards. So I had to settle by freeloading off the cards that my friends didn't want to use and trying to piece together a decent deck with the hand-me-downs. Regardless, it was still a very fun experience. In 2009, Magic: The Gathering became available on Xbox Live under the title Duels of the Planeswalkers. I've been playing the hell out of that game, and its subsequent updates for 2012 and 2013.