As a kid I played Pokémon Blue and Red. And I had fun. But even though I'm a big fan of all things Nintendo, I haven't been able to bring myself to play any of the new Pokémon games. And its not just because these games- from what I heard- are extremely cheaply made and unpolished for a AAA game series. It's because the WHOLE PREMISE behind Pokémon is COMPLETELY MESSED UP. Think about it. These games have you running around as a human with Pokémon trapped in pokeballs. These Pokémon don't see the light of the sun except very briefly when you let them out to engage in terrifying combat with other enslaved Pokémon. And why do you do this? To beat up other Pokémon so you can enslave them too and build a team of enslaved Pokémon to engage in bloodsport with other teams of enslaved Pokémon for your own personal glory. That's SO MESSED UP. That's ANIMAL CRUELTY. Dogfighting and cockfighting are illegal in most places on earth for a reason. And yeah I know Pokémon are fictional. They aren't really alive. But these are games MARKETED TOWARDS CHILDREN for gosh sake. And I don't think it's okay teaching kids that having animals fight other animals for their personal pleasure is okay. Nintendo puts a lot of effort into making sure you know that the Pokémon actually like having their lives disrupted, brought into captivity and forced to engage in bloody combat with other captive Pokémon. They have to do that to make the games palatable to players. But obviously though no animal would prefer a free life in the wild to a captive, violent life with a Pokémon trainer. It's so messed up to suggest that any animal would like what the Pokémon trainers routinely do to them. So yeah. That's why I haven't played a Pokémon game since I was a kid and didn't know any better. But what's your thoughts? Is Pokémon capturing and training justifiable? Am I just making a big thing out of nothing? Am I getting too worked up about something that is, after all, only a game?