I made the mistake of buying Pokemon Diamond for my Nintendo DS yesterday. I’ve always wondered what the deal was with these games, and although they’re really targetted at kids I figured I’d have a go at one, purely for cultural research you understand.

Now, of course, I’m hooked, wondering the towns and roads desperately looking for Turtwigs and Piplups and any of the other 400+ Pokemon.

The goal of the game is to collect and ‘train’ these little creatures, and them put them up for battle against those belonging to other ‘trainers’. When they fight one another and lose they ‘faint’ rather then die, which makes sense because kids can’t deal with death. Even so I can’t help feeling like pushing these ‘animals’ to have a go at one another is still basically a form of dog or cock baiting. The guilt.


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