Pokemon: Black and Blue is a turn by turn game. Meaning, a character attacks then lets the other character attack. Having the joy of playing the original Pokemon, the aesthetics of how the game was presented and played really differs from how it was played originally. Instead of having a pokemon versus a pokemon, PETA created a game to make children or people aware by having pokemons fight humans.
PETA parodied this game to take on a new way of advertising to people that hurting, caging, and using of animals or pokemons is bad. They subverted to the underlying essence of the Pokemon franchise by discussing in the game about the life of the pokemons in their training and pokeball.
It has been known to us that pokemons are mere ‘fighting pets’ but PETA somehow got the freaking idea to associate something freaking imaginary to something real. This is something which annoys me towards PETA: they tend to be trying so hard to impose their cause in the weirdest of ways. I know, what they need is attention, but even Pokemon? Come on. Our generation got to play this game and enjoyed every single bit of it. We also got to watch the anime, the movie and even downloaded or bought the soundtrack of Pokemon: The Movie. So we were caging, punishing, and inflicting our Pokemons? RIGHT IN THE CHILDHOOD that we were prone to abusing animals then. Why can’t they just leave it as it is and accept that Pokemon is a child’s game with cute monsters who are well fed, who love their masters, and who enjoy the pokeball like it’s where they can replenish or rest. Pretty sure, the Pokemon makers didn’t intend for their franchise to end up as such. I think their target demographic would have to be everyone who loved Pokemon and PETA’s just taking advantage of the clamour of people who loved or still loves Pokemon. The mere fact that the pokemon is fighting for its life against trainers is already a whole new dimension to the game. The independence that the Pokemons gained required them to be fighting throughout their journey. Meeting a lot of people along the way such as an abusive trainer, a furr guy, and a pokePIMP, divulges a whole new meaning to pokemon as mere pets.
I also think that the revolutionizing of the game has too much cliché on PETA’s part because the plot that they have come up with has been there but it’s just impossible for pokemons to freaking revolt. I just don’t think that the Pokemon world would have evil villains who will be using Pokemons as mere coats or labour animals. We have to think again, Pokemons are not animals because Pokemons possess skills that animals can’t do nor can achieve. If this game was put side by side with the original Pokemon, I don’t really think that PETA has much of a case in relating the freaking parody they created with the real game. In the real pokemon world, you can heal your pokemons but in the PETA game, you can only heal the pokemon if the pokemon has the skill. It’s just a short game which highlighted 3 main abuses to animals: entertainment, labour, and when an animal tries to escape.
Again, it’s a good cause, faulty execution. K