Now, we’ve all heard the jokes about PETA being Team Plasma from Pokemon Black and White, but on October 8th, 2012, PETA launched a flash game called Pokemon Black and Blue. I first discovered this game when I was looking around Tumblr. Some screenshots of bloody trainers, abused Pokemon, and even anti-animal abuse videos were saved and uploaded. I won’t lie, but I was intrigued to try this game out. I went to the PETA website and there it was; the link to play Pokemon Black and Blue. Something interesting to note…on the side of the game, a picture of Pikachu can be seen with the sign “We support Team Plasma!” or something similar.
This is the starting page. It disturbed me quite a lot. From this, I bet everyone thought that PETA had the wrong impression on Pokemon, by far. Oshawott is skinned, Snivy has needle in his head and a tag in his tail, Tepig is probably the normal one out of the group, and Pikachu has a chain collar on.
The game starts out with some text explaining how the Pokemon decided to rebel against their trainers in an attempt to spread the word of Pokemon abuse and what not. As expected, Pikachu is your starting pokemon. Your opponent is none other than Cheren, who appears to be drunk. Drunk! You also have your normal moves like Thunderbolt and Quick Attack, but then you have moves like Petition and Protest. Pretty weird.
Anyways, you defeat Cheren, and he talks about how Pokemon should be used for violence and no one cares about them, or something similar. Pikachu spews some words about Pokemon equality, and then Tepig joins your team. I named my Tepig “Why”, because that was my reaction to the entire game.
Then you meet Nurse Joy, who is on your side. Seeing as how she’s technically a vet, PETA probably decided to make her a “good guy”. She gives you a treasure chest, and if you open it, it brings up another window with an animal abuse commercial. I stopped watching, since those types of videos make me tear up.
I continued on my way.
Then you meet Professor Juniper. She looks completely berserk, I tell ya. A knife in one hand and an injection in another. She’s missing a shoe and adorns a murderous look on her face. Then she mentions how Pokemon don’t deserve freedom and should be used for testing. That does not sound like the Juniper that we know. So, same old story. You beat her, she sees her faults and gives you Snivy. Then you move on to Ghetsis, who pretty much reveals a spoiler to the end of Pokemon Black and White. Gee, thanks Ghetsis. Anyways, Ghetsis is wearing a Pokemon skin coat along with a bloody pitchfork in his hands. Creepy. You beat him, he gives you Oshawott, and now it’s time to fight the final boss. Can you guess who it is?
It’s Ash! Wearing…a carnival suit…oh. He mentions that he never cared for Pikachu and all he cares about is money.
Um…ahem! Remember Pokemon, Episode 1, where you saved your Pikachu from a flock of Pidgeys? And you didn’t even know Pikachu that well!
Anyways. You beat the game, hooray! Now, what did that accomplish? Honestly, I didn’t learn anything, except that PETA needs to get their facts straight. I mean, PETA is okay and all, and I know they are trying to save animals, but come on! Isn’t this going a little too far?
PETA themselves said that,
“Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments. The way that Pokémon are stuffed into pokéballs is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods …if PETA existed in Unova, our motto would be: Pokémon are not ours to use or abuse. They exist for their own reasons. We believe that this is the message that should be sent to children.”
I don’t know about you PETA, but I loved my Pokemon dearly, to the point where I considered them family! Next time, try to find a better way to display the message of animal equality. This game was just too disturbing to accomplish that. They seem to be missing the point that Pokemon is just a game and not some plot to corrupt the minds of children into abusing animals. If anything, they are doing more harm than good, as rumors of a new type of bullying between children may arise because of this. It’s time to finally get your act straight, PETA, and do some real work against animal abuse.