Update to the previous post (Pokemon): The reason why I am playing Pokemon at all is because of PvP. Player vs. Player is another online comic that I am reading now. Most of the characters talk about playing their favorite PC games (mostly FPSs like Quake III, Half-life, and UT). A running gag is that the troll of the group, Skull, only plays Pokemon. I read the entire archive and all of the mentions of Pokemon warped my mind.
For all of your having trouble with Pokemon Silver, here is a walkthrough. You can thank me later!