PETA Pokemon Parody

Gotta Catch em All is a familiar slogan that has summarized the addictive nature of battling, catching, training, and breeding Pokemon since the first games hit store shelves in 1996. The light-hearted Japanese import, quickly became one of the most viral children’s crazes in the 1990’s fueling a whirlwind of popularity that still exists over 10 years later. What was once a conglomerate of 250 little critters and a kid’s outlet to channel his or her energy into becoming a Pokemon master, is now a series featuring dozens of games, surpassing 200 million copies sold, and reaching a total of 649 creatures on the roster. As a gamer who grew up during the Pokemon golden years, I have plenty of fond memories relating to Pikachu, Team Rocket, and the Elite Four. Animal rights organization PETA does not share the same admiration however.

In an attempt to dissuade players from their loyalty to the series, the organization created a Flash game called PETA’s Pokemon Black & Blue in which players aid Pikachu and friends in a quest to escape the tyranny of their trainers and establish freedom. The parody’s official description is as follows:

“For generations, Pokemon have suffered at the hands of their cruel trainers. Help PETA free Pikachu and his Pokemon friends as they struggle for Pokemon Liberation!”

Pokemon Black & Blue

To get a taste of Pokemon Black & Blue, here are just some of the encounters to expect. Players will be required to escape their deranged master who happens to be holding a bloody baseball bat and bottle of alcohol, they will run into a remorseful Nurse Joy who wants to free the Pokemon from oppression, and Professor Juniper (a parody to Professor Oak) makes an appearance with a box-cutter and syringe in hand to stop Pikachu and the other rebellious Pokemon.

“The amount of time that Pokémon spend stuffed in pokéballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to “perform” in circuses. But the difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible.” – PETA

Though only portrayed as a game, PETA is obviously making a clear stance with its parody. The fear that children copy and replicate what they see is an argument that reaches far beyond video games and into other forms of media such as movies, television, music, and internet. If a child watches an R-rated film will he or she go on a killing rampage when they grow up? Probably not. If someone plays Pokemon will they develop an insatiable urge to abuse animals? I very much doubt it.

In all my years playing Pokemon, I’ve never had the sudden urge to shove my cat in a poke-ball like box or attempt to catch a wild squirrel in my backyard. While the subject matter of catching, training, and battling an animal could be looked down upon, the reality is, Pokemon are not real. Shouldn’t PETA be focusing on the real-life animals in need?

What is your opinion on PETA’s Pokemon bashing? Do you support their cause or think that they have taken it a little too far? To play the game for yourself, check out the following link:

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Taylor Stein

Gamer. Sushi-fanatic. Cartoon enthusiast. Overall big kid. Welcome to my journey throughout the world of video games and all around geekery.

  • Derek G

    I love animals as much as the next person but PETA took it wayyyy too far, and out of context. The trainer had a bloody bat for god’s sake!

    • I would definitely agree with you Derek. I understand that enslaving an animal and forcing it to do stuff for you is a morally debatable issue, but this is a fictional game! There are far more important and REAL areas of animal abuse to tackle in the world. Not to mention, that the interaction between Pokemon and person has never been portrayed with such malice as far as I know.

      The game is extremely exaggerated, but is it weird that I actually had fun playing it?? lol

  • DeSean

    So I just played through the whole thing, and it made me crack up! All the Pokemon have moves like Protest or Bullhorn and PETA even managed to sneak one of those sad animal videos into it. It didn’t make me feel bad for playing Pokemon that’s for sure.

  • Wow. How could they possibly take Pokemon, something with absolutely zero *actual* animals and take it way out of context? I remember the original Pokemon show, and half the show was his struggle to keep his monsters happy and healthy.

    If you remove the battling, it was a show about a kid traveling with friends and pets, lol.

    Silly PeTA, lol.

    • Seriously! There was absolutely no maliciousness in Pokemon, at least not in the early years. It was a super friendship fest. Maybe PETA got bored?

    • They GOTTA be bored! And add on top of that the fact that in their game, they do two things that are pretty hardcore:

      1. Downplay killing animals for food and clothing.
      2. This is major: Attack PEOPLE with MONSTERS!

      Now unless PeTA employs strictly vegans (which would open themselves up for some serious lawsuits) and people who have never worn any clothing that feature feathers, that’s pretty gangster.

      And the second point is the most ironic point of them all! They’re attacking people with what would essentially be pets. So they’re for pet attacks now? Sweet!

    • What a crazy world we would live in if Peta had its way. I’d be surprised if they don’t get sued.

  • DS Ray