PETA’s Pokémon Parody

-Mitchel Clow

The animal rights activist group PETA, known for the nude women in their veggie advocacy commercials, has released its latest controversy in the form of a satirical Pokémon game: Pokémon Black and Blue: Gotta Free ‘em All!

The play-in-your-browser parody game features identical artwork and menus to the portable pocket monster games; even the music is reminiscent of the real games.

The mission statement of the mini-game is plastered on the top of the website: “For generations, Pokémon have suffered at the hands of their cruel trainers. Help PETA free Pikachu and his Pokémon friends as they struggle for Pokémon liberation.

In the sensationalized gameplay, players take the role of Pokémon mascot Pikachu, who battles human beings that state that capturing and battling the creatures is not morally wrong. The attacks are extremely violent, including “choke collar” and “tail docking.”

PETA makes it apparent that through the parody game, they hope to educate the general public on the evils of the dog fight-like battles in the Pocket Monster Games. The association released the website to coincide with the release of Pokémon: Black and White 2, which hit store shelves this past Sunday, October 7th.

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