One of the biggest changes to the world of Pokemon is not that Ashe is still only 14 years old after so many years of Pokemon episodes it is the change that has allowed Pokemon collectors to play the Pokemon online trading card game with friends. Now besides buying pokemon cards from different stores across the nation you get redeemable codes from these packs or decks which can be used on the Pokemon online trading card game to play a free online version against other players. The design is similar to instance based mmorpg's it has a place to chat and a instance matching system that allows you to play against other people.
The Pokemon online trading card game comes with a starter deck so you do not need to spend any money if you want to check it out. I tried some matches myself and it's very fun to do even just with the starting deck. If you frequently buy Pokemon cards or theme decks you can claim the codes they provide for the Pokemon online trading card game and you do not have to buy anything additional once you claim them. You can build and modify decks online which is another great way to enjoy the Pokemon trading card game.
They do warn you about talking to people online that you should not share personal information with other players online which should be a standard for any child that is playing online. And it would be good for parents to make sure that your child is not giving location since the internet will always be filled with bad people regardless of what type of game it is.
There are guides which explain how to play the Pokemon online trading card game from the website and other information for people just starting. They do also have an online store that you can buy more cards online but I would imagine for most collectors you could just redeem the cards you buy from stores instead of just buying virtual packs of cards since the physical pokemon cards can still be used either in decks or as a collection of the set. Or saved for future investment.
Some websites like amazon and ebay also just sell the codes themselves from people who either have bought and not used the code and are selling pokemon card codes. Once a code has been claimed it can not be claimed anymore. So asking for free codes will not work because who ever first uses the code makes it useless for others. If you have friends that plan to play the Pokemon online trading card game do not share your codes with them or you will be unable to claim them for yourself in the future.
Also remember each booster pack of pokemon cards contains different card expansions so for each new expansion you would need to buy new packs to stay up to date. The Pokemon online trading card game also has different level difficulties for players depending on how skilled they are and you can play against some really difficult decks and players with them as you get really skilled playing Pokemon online trading card game.