The Pokémon game series was released in 1996, and since then it has caught the attention of fans of all ages.
The first games, Pokémon Red and Blue, were released to the Game Boy, followed by Pokémon Yellow.
In 2001, the sequels were released, Pokémon Gold and Silver, for the Game Boy Color. As the name indicates, the Game Boy Color could show 56 colors from a palette of 32,000, something mindboggling for a handheld console. To highlight that fact, the company that made the Pokémon games, Game Freak, decided to add a special game mechanic.
All Pokémon of a certain species look the same, but the Random Number Generator can generate a number that will change the color of a certain individual Pokémon. When encountered, a little animation is shown, as if the Pokémon was shining. Hence the nickname: Shiny Pokémon. And it never stopped.
Since 2001, players have tried to find these specimens for their collection, some with better luck than others.
Since the release of Pokémon X and Y, in 2013, that catching these Pokémon has been easier than ever before. Certain codes have been inserted in the programming of the games, making the catching of Shiny Pokémon is extremely easy (too easy, according to some players), through the creation of “chains.”
I remember asking on Reddit, one day, if there was some sort of tool that would help me count the links in a chain. The answer wasn’t the best: “You have a calculator in Windows, don’t you? That’ll do.” The calculator isn’t the best for these counts, as making one mistake would render the whole count useless.
Many players, myself among them, had no methods to keep track of chains, leading to more work because, if the chain were to be broken, we’d be forced to start over.
I decided I’d be the one to fix this. I made a site that would help players keep track of links, but was easy to use, intuitive and free.
That site is known today as the Shiny Hunting Helper.