Oklahoma State Pokemon master heading to nationals

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm •  Published: June 25, 2010
The 2009 Pokemon national championships in St. Louis.
The 2009 Pokemon national championships in St. Louis.

Oklahoma State student Jonathon Giles is heading to Indianapolis this weekend for the Pokemon national championships.   Nathan Poppe talked to the competitive gamer for NewsOK:

Video games have been a part of Giles’ life as long as he can remember. He began with the Italian plumber adventure Super Mario Bros. and the shooting game Duck Hunt and has stayed loyal to Nintendo since. Today, he owns a Wii and the hand-held Nintendo DS.

Giles said he remembers seeing commercials and hearing hype in 1998 for the Pokemon video games. He got Pokemon: Red Version and played nonstop.

Giles, 21, won first place in May at the south regional Pokemon video game championships in Dallas, thanks to his Pokemon monsters Kyogre, Hitmontop and Palkia. About 650 people competed in his tournament bracket.

Giles is heading to Indianapolis for a series of one-on-one rounds with about 190 contestants this weekend for nationals.

Click through for the entire article, and good luck at nationals, Jonathon!

- Matt Price

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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