Monday, March 5, 2012

Gotta catch 'em all.

I've never gotten into the Pokemon games: I didn't own any of the gameboy systems when they were becoming widely popular, and it wasn't a fad that I jumped in on. I mean they seemed interesting, but with so many different versions being released, the decision on which one to buy could be overwhelming, or at times downright pointless when the next edition was about to come out. TV Tropes, perhaps, captured this most succinctly with another game:
Kind of like this.
Tropes notwithstanding, I came home from work today to this from David:

David 1:53 pm

Alright, so imagine that you want to train your dog to fight other dogs. You've got a dachsund, and you keep going to dog parks and challenging owners to battles. Instead of getting thrown in jail, you're allowed to do this, and after winning enough fights your dachsund becomes a pitbull.

So imagine now that this transformation after enough fights into a larger and more powerful dog is a trait shared by every breed on Earth, and that there are tons of these dogs roaming around free, everywhere.

Not only that, but some of these dogs can breath fire or have psychic powers. Or both

But once someone takes one in, they become absolutely loyal to that person forever.

Now, you can't NOT have trainers, because then you've just got packs of wild dogs breathing fire and psyching people to death all over the place. But at the same time, you can't have too many of these trainers working together, because they would try to overthrow the government with their pack of mutant dogs, or just murder everybody.

David 1:55 pm

So if you're a smart and concerned government who wants to kill two birds with one stone, what do you do?

I posit that the entire Pokemon League is a conspiracy of passive oppression. Where being the Champion is a sign of ultimate prestige, there's no incentive to work with other trainers, and to qualify for the competition you have to be constantly on the go, never staying in one place and making friends with other trainers for very long.

And they're justified in doing this, because everytime a team of trainers does get together, they DO try to overthrow the government or murder everybody.

The Pokemon League is a hoax perpetuated by the governments of the various regions to keep Pokemon trainers from realizing that they hold ultimate power in their hands and the authorities are useless against them.

Ayn 3:00 pm

.. So this is what I come back to.

My life is awesome.

Did you C&P this from somewhere, or is this what law class has taught you?

David 3:01 pm

I got into a conversation with a friend last night about why Pokemon fighting is legal but not dog fighting.

And In the course of explaining it I realized the conspiracy.

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