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Pokemon

Reason for controversy: Animal pit fighting.

The Pokemon phenomenon (try saying that ten times fast) is no stranger to controversy. Some say it encourage greed and materialism. Others say the Jynx Pokemon is a racist caricature. A few fervent religious groups even claim that the games incorporate demonic and Satanic themes.

Inexplicably, however, none of these critics have taken issue with Pokemon's central premise - cute and fuzzy creatures being forced to beat each other for their owners' profit and amusement. Okay, so the losers of these battles simply "faint" rather than actually dying from gross and horrific injuries, but the gist of the game is still uncomfortably similar to that of illegal pit fighting.



How did the media miss this one? Maybe we're the first to make the connection. Maybe the media doesn't even know what Pokemon really are. Maybe they were too busy focusing on other Pokecontroversies instead. Whatever the reason, with the frenzy currently swirling around football star Michael Vick and his dog fighting crimes, we don't expect this issue to remain buried forever.

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15 comments

  • sillentdx - July 10, 2010 7:39 a.m.

    RFswitchBlade - In the Digital Devil Saga games you can "devour" your enemies!
  • RFswitchBlade - April 5, 2010 8:29 p.m.

    waitwaitwait, which SMT has canibalism???? WTF???? Did I really miss that one?
  • Tidus53 - October 27, 2008 2:54 a.m.

    BOOBIES!!!!
  • killzone_dude - October 18, 2008 5 p.m.

    anime porn is bad my friend is crazy about anime and im not, im asian and hes caucasin im sure he dosent watch porn but hes still crazy about anime just to show PORN IS BAD!
  • skyguy343 - November 25, 2008 1:13 a.m.

    damn right
  • krunkattack - October 17, 2008 9:52 p.m.

    of course the general media wouldn't have found out about these... they don't play games! (=
  • cricket0 - October 14, 2008 11:14 p.m.

    2nd!!!! The media is dumb.
  • dougle - September 19, 2008 6:05 a.m.

    WOAH!!grandia ii sounds awesome!!
  • sadisticgrizzz - July 9, 2009 4:11 p.m.

    so.. um .. where do u find the hentai games. for reasearch purpose of course
  • OrpheusZero - April 24, 2009 8:18 p.m.

    @TheBear6 : Subtlety is lost on you, I'm afraid.
  • nguy123 - February 16, 2009 5:54 p.m.

    uvebeenpwned, the media already got that one, so its not waiting to happen. Surprised Tales of Symphonia wasn't even mentioned in this list-*spoiler* Angels are the bad guys, and the Pope is a traiterous basterd that attempts to kill the king
  • Doctalen - July 13, 2009 4:44 a.m.

    You know people are idiots real idiots. Accusing Mass Effect of having sex, any game for having blood and gore, and god knows what else. But there is a small little thing called a rating. If parents weren't dumb as hell they would see the "M" with whatever reason for it and not buy it. Now here is the real shocker people go ape shit for killing a person yet there is this stuff like Grandia 2 and the hentai games that make it by easy. Yeah they may have been unheard of but not anymore and people will still forget about for "Mario has killed an old lady" front page title.
  • TheBear6 - March 15, 2009 11:06 p.m.

    The best part about the O.J. Simpson part is that he plays for "The Assasins".
  • mid999 - March 10, 2009 6:11 a.m.

    the hentai thing's in my country...
  • uvebeenpwned - February 16, 2009 4:34 p.m.

    you shouldve added gta's "hot coffee" mod. man that sh*t started the whole media saying video games are bad crap. ps 7th!

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