PETA Launches Pokémon Black and Blue

October 8, 2012 -

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have decided to capitalize on the release of Pokémon Black and White 2 (it was released this Sunday) with the release of a game that depicts the abuse Pokémon might go through in their own special web game called Pokémon Black and Blue. Their catchphrase for the game is "gotta free 'em all."

Pokémon Black and Blue gives kids "a chance to help Pikachu and his Pokémon pals fight their cruel oppressors and gain their freedom," according to PETA. PETA wants kids to know that Pokémon and other "nonhuman species" are not ours to "eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment."

"Games such as Pokémon send kids the wrong message that exploiting and abusing those who are defenseless is acceptable when it's not," says PETA Director of Marketing Innovations Joel Bartlett. "But with Pokémon Black and Blue, children can experience the great feeling that comes from saving others from harm."

If you want to see the game in action, visit this page.

While the effort might be coming from a good place, PETA should probably focus its future protests on animals and species that actually exist.


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So it's okay for lions to eat other animals, but it's not okay for humans to eat other animals?

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I would love to see a Pokemon game with graphics as good as this. Seriously! No pixelation, what-so-ever!

That's all I could think about when playing it. Aside from the fact that apparently it's not okay to abuse animals but animals abusing people is perfectly fine.

Sigh. PETA are basically Team Plasma: Fanatical, ignorant and highly naive.

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My girlfriend played their "Cooking mama - mama kills animals" and it was just pathetic.

You go through a few cheap flash games where you remove a turkey's organs or cook with meat and splatter blood all over the place. Then, quite suddenly, mama loves animals and takes the pledge to go "veg". There was not even the impression it had bothered her before. 

It at least gave us a chuckle, especially because "mama" has this bloodthirsty axe murderer grin on while her head bobs side to side.  (Maybe we're horrible people? lol)



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Sheesh, Team Plasma really is a satire of PETA after all. Is PETA headed by Ghetsis too?


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Yeah, when someone explained Team Plasma to me, all I could think of was PETA.

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Man, are they only just now catching onto the realization that Pokemon is sort of like dog fighting? It's been, what, 17 years since it first became popular? Come on PETA, step it up.

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I keep hearing about this People Eating Tasty Animals place yet never see the franchise.

Come on guys bring out them deep fryers!

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.




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Giving that the Pokemon franchise is, eh, I forget how many years old, I mean we've seen about nine Nintendo handheld device iterations, PETA is obviously doing this for attention.

I get emails from that group, and at times I can kind of support them a bit, but then things like this come up and all that support is gone.

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PETA is PETA's own worst enemy.  Many people within the organization are fighting for a pretty noble thing.... but the organization itself kinda sucks and usually just results in backlash from people who do not like them and promise to do even more harm.

I generally maintain that PETA's goal is usually less about getting converts, and more about impressing people within the community so they can get laid.

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If PETA thinks Pokemon are defenseless, they know nothing about Pokemon.

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You know, Nintendo is pretty zealous about protecting its intellectual property. I wouldn't be surprised at all if we see PETA get sent a Cease and Desist letter, or even sued. PETA will certainly claim fair use, but I don't think they'd have a case in the end. But to be fair to both sides, here are the arguments for and against fair use in this matter:


-This is a transformative use of Pokemon, using them to call attention to cruelty to animals.

-This use comments on the Pokemon games, and the implications of animal rights abuses within them.


-The extent of the use is far more than the minimum necessary to accomplish PETA's goals. The above goals could have been accomplished through a simple webcomic, for instance.

-The use here may be damaging to Nintendo's image, and thus to their future profitability.

Personally, I'd wager that Nintendo would win this one if it came to court, but I see it as more likely they'll send PETA a C&D, PETA will take it down, and that'll be the end of it (legally at least).

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In that case I'm wondering why Nintendo didn't sue over that Tanooki suit thing a while back.

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They tried to reply with humor then. Obviously, it didn't work... Let's see how it goes this round.

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Ok, I got about 3 minutes into the game and a Mudkip jumped out of a box and said "I herd u liek mudkipz do u liek mudipz?" and I lost it.

PETA truly are master trolls.

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I'm having a hard time seeing this as news, let alone noteworthy news. PETA is just doing this stuff to get them into the news for shock value, and by reporting on them, it gives them what they want and empowers them.

Its the same reason why they make Softcore Porn Superbowl commercials (that, if I recall, keep getting banned)

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And this is why I don't take this organization serious.

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