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PETA Takes Issue With Pokémon

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

I’m sort of finding this hard to believe, but it looks like the (in)famous animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, (PETA) has launched a vicious campaign against Pokémon, saying that the series condones animal cruelty and that its creatures are treated like abused animals. They’ve released Pokémon Black and Blue, a parody game with the tagline “gotta free ’em all,” in which players take on the role of Pikachu as he fights against his trainers for liberation You can play the game on their website.

I won’t reinvent the wheel here–you can read more about the whole thing at Forbes.com and/or CNET, both of which have posted articles on this development. This isn’t the first time PETA has attacked a video game series, but what really gets me is that they waited nearly fifteen years before making their move! As the meme below illustrates, the Pokémon series made its worldwide debut in 1998, yet it was not until this month–October 2012–that PETA decided it was a threat. Seriously, PETA? Seriously?

– The Geek


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