PETA have released 'Pokemon Black and Blue:' another title in their line of parodies, which makes comparisons between the in-game fictional characters and real-world animal cruelty.
The game follows the same RPG structure as Game Freak's popular series; but with a rather dark undercurrent of animal mistreatment to put PETA's point of protest across. You play as Pikachu touring the Unova region, gathering a team of abused pokemon and fighting with human trainers in the classic turn-based battle structure. Each of these trainers represents a pet peeve of the protest group. Professor Juniper is now a scientist who performs harmful experiments and product tests on the pokemon, and your original trainer is a crazed maniac who enslaves Pikachu in a spiked chain.
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.
This, of course, isn't the first time PETA have used video games to get their point across, creating Super Tanooki Skin 2D last year. Backfiring slightly, it forced the group to issue a statement asking enraged fans to "relax." We await Pokemon fans' reaction to this particular parody. Have a go below and tell us what you think in the comments.
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