I have not had much Pokemon interest in the past, but I have an extended trip coming up and am looking to give it a try. I've spent my life learning enough about other magical universes, but just never got on the Pokemon train. My concern now is that I am obviously coming into the phenom quite late, so most things related to the Pokemon universe are foreign to me. I like to know all the lore (if that exists in this universe), and not miss important things in the series.
Am I gimping myself and my understanding of the series if I start with a certain title?
What would be the best path in order to start playing without digging my GameBoy out of the basement to play Red/Blue/Green?