Wednesday, December 7, 2022

PETA Parodies Pokemon (Again)

Many may remember that on the release of Pokemon Black and White 2, PETA created its own game, a “parody” (and I use that term loosely) called “Pokemon Black and Blue.” Well, they’ve done it again, with another parody designed to make us feel bad for… playing Pokemon? Apparently it’s targeted at McDonalds, but claims that Pokemon games make us less empathetic towards animals.

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So let’s begin with the obvious: Pokemon teaches compassion, since a big part of the game is creating bonds with your Pokemon companions. Of course, one wouldn’t expect PETA to actually do its research on Pokemon – it just sees animal-like creatures fighting and shouts “Animal violence! Animal violence!”

Then there’s the game’s dialogue, which has some laughably bad lines like “You love Pokemon, but you eat animals?” As well as some truly hamfisted dialogue designed to make, well, everyone except for PETA look like monsters. It even takes shots at people who mocked their previous parody, which I guess includes me for mocking this one now. On the opposite side of the spectrum, they literally state that everyone in PETA is attractive and makes Pokemon swoon.

Apparently “subtlety” is lost on them, as it’s just so ridiculously over the top that I can’t take any of it seriously.

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This game (if it can be called that) is just another of PETA’s ridiculous attempts to shame anyone who even enjoys a hamburger, using Pokemon and bad dialogue to make anyone who isn’t a vegan look like a complete maniac.

Within the game itself there are plenty of inconsistencies. For example, the McDonalds customer freaks out in excitement over seeing real Pokemon in what is supposed to be our world, but then shortly after the party “frees” a Jigglypuff from him, so clearly “real” Pokemon existed already. Furthermore, Grimmace is not a Pokemon. When Pikachu sees that its likeness is being used to advertise for McDonalds, it shouts about copyright infringement and how McDonalds is using Pokemon to spread its message, but that is a hypocritical statement to make, considering PETA is trying the exact same thing, only without Nintendo’s permission.

There’s not really much that can be said about this game that wasn’t said about PETA’s previous attempt. It’s got all the bad dialogue, lack of research (save for a few memes), and heavy-handed message slammed into our faces. The gameplay is unchanged, with just a few easy battles to make it seem like you’re actually doing something. At least the music is okay.

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In short, there’s nothing new to say about this; it’s just another of PETA’s attempts to shame video games and push veganism on the rest of the world. While not everything the organization stands for is that bad – I’m in no way endorsing animal abuse by mocking PETA – their methods are ineffective and occasionally offensive.

Don’t use Pokemon as a mouthpiece for your message, PETA. You don’t understand Pokemon, and you certainly don’t understand how to effectively get your point across.

For those who want to try the game, be warned, it contains graphic imagery and some cringe-inducing dialogue. I’m not entirely sure which is worse.

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Robbie is a lifelong nerd and a familiar face in the Northern California convention-going community. In addition to writing convention reports, interviews, and nerdy news updates for G33k-HQ, he’s an ENnie Award-winning adventure writer, and a comic/TV show reviewer at Multiversity Comics.

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