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Posted October 8, 2012 - By Nikole Zivalich


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Pokemon Black And Blue: Gotta Free 'Em All -- Peta Takes On Pokemon

Peta, never one to miss an opportunity for some media coverage, has released a Pokemon inspired flash game lambasting the pocket monster series for promoting animal cruelty. Pokemon Black and Blue stars everyone's favorite Pokemon, Pikachu, as he attempts to free his PokeBrothren from the grips of their evil PokeTrainers. The browser -based game's slogan is "Gotta free 'em all." Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2 were released in the States yesterday, making the timing of this game ideal, if not 14 years too late.

Pokemon Black and Blue's gameplay style follows the same PokeStyle we're used to.  It's a turn based RPG where the Pokemon fight their trainers. The trainers use moves like "Tail-docking," and "Dissect," while the Pokemon have a mix of action moves like "Ember" and passive moves like "Group Hug." The point of each battle is to free the Pokemon from their trainers so they can join Pikachu's team of freedom fighters. After you beat a few trainers you get a treasure chest, insdie you'll find an embed for the saddest animal abuse video I've ever seen. It's about a million times sadder than the Sarah McLachlan dog commercial.

Pokemon Black And Blue: Gotta Free 'Em All -- Peta Takes On Pokemon

According to Peta's Director of Marketing Innovations Joel Bartlett, "Games such as Pokémon send kids the wrong message that exploiting and abusing those who are defenseless is acceptable when it's not." I'm 100% for animal rights, but sir, Pokemon are not defenseless. Even if you were to use "Tail Whip" for days, Pikachu will still be able to shoot streams of electricity from his face.

Peta went on to claim that Pokemon are treated like objects are used for entertainment and as experiments in labs, neither of which are true. The main baddies of the Pokemon series; Team Rocket, Team Galactic and Team Plasma, are the ones who try to exploit Pokemon and harness their powers for evil. The plot of every single Pokemon game has been to stop that. Peta also claims "Pokémon are stuffed into pokéballs" and everyone knows that it's super luxurious in those things.

Peta claims the Pokemon series is basically "thinly veiled animal abuse." As someone who has played every single installment on the series, I don't disagree. At the basic level, you are wondering into a forest, beating a Pokemon down to exhaustion in order to capture it, so you can train it to fight other Pokemon. But if you look at Pokemon that way, you're missing the point. As a life-long Pokemon Master and a decade long member of Peta, I can confidentially say I will never stop trying to catch them all.

Peta makes a game like this every year, last year it was Tanooki Skin 2D and the year prior it was Super Tofu Boy. The games aren't really slamming the video game's they take inspiration from as much as they're trying to get the message out there.
What do you think of Pokemon: Black and Blue?

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