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Decision 2018: What is the best starting Pokémon?

The latest episode of Quality Control is a debate for the ages

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

This week on Polygon’s Quality Control podcast, in honor of Pokégon Week and the 20th anniversary of Pokémon Red and Blue, we attempt to answer a question that has perplexed the political landscape for centuries: What is the best original starter Pokémon?

At the beginning of every Pokémon game, players must make a Sohpie’s Choice-like decision to ally themselves with a single, cuddly fighting animal. While their stable will undoubtedly expand, it is that creature who will be their intimate companion on the long road to becoming the very best. Like no one ever was.

Today’s formal debate brings three Pokémon experts to the fore, including Polygon’s Allegra Frank and Ryan Gilliam as well as The Verge’s Megan Farokhmanesh. They will each make their case for one of the three iconic starting Pokémon: Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur.

Later this week, Polygon will also publish passionate analyses of each starting Pokémon. Then next week, on our official Twitter account, you will be able to make your voices heard with a final vote.

Choose wisely, dear readers. And good luck.

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