I was a kid back then and we all heard the rumours on how to get a Mew, tried and failed, and we all learned about ‘cloning’ Pokémon. Three years later I got Pokémon Gold as a birthday present, and played it even more than I did Blue. I loved the time and day mechanics; my parents caught me more than once playing late at night to catch a Hoothoot, and entering the Bug Catching competition three times a week to catch all of the ones only attainable during the event.
I even unearthed my old Gameboy (I’d been given a Gameboy Pocket in the space between), and transferred only one Pokémon over; Orion, my Starmie. Turns out she was female, since gender was something that was now a thing outside of the Nidorans.