A tongue-in-cheek look at the nonsense controversies surrounding the Pokémon franchise such as Pokémon being evil and forcing children to misbehave.
Pokémon Is Evil!
Unfortunately, some people think Pokémon is evil. Pokémon has been said to have occult roots and causes children to misbehave. Back in the late 1990s, Mark Juvera, a children’s pastor in Colorado, burned Pokémon cards with a blowtorch and stabbed a Pokémon action figure with a sword.
Another pastor, David Browd, Ph.D., wrote a page on his website about the idea of Pokémon being part of the occult and causes children to become evil. He ends his article by stating that “Pokémon does not measure up! I suggest the best place for Pokémon paraphernalia is in the trash can!” Dude, if you don’t like Pokémon, maybe you might want to give Digimon a try? It’s pretty good, too. Here is the link to his article The Problem With Pokémon, as it’s too long to quote here.
This is an article that ran in Electronic Gaming Monthly back in 1999 about Mark Juvera:
Poke-Banned: The Dark Side of Pikachu
There are people who don’t like Pokemon, and then there are people who really don’t like Pokemon.
Sometimes they even make headlines. Mark Juvera, a children’s pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Colorado Springs, Colo., nabbed national attention in August when he took a sword and soldering iron to Pokemon merchandise in front of dozens of kids during one of his church services. While he says the whole thing’s been blown out of proportion (newspaper reporters claim he used a blowtorch to incinerate trading cards, when he really just singed them with the iron), Juvera readily admits to bringing his wrath down on Pokemon. “We do have a sword, which is symbolic of the word of God,” he told us,” and we struck a stuffed animal-that Pikachu guy-with it. The sword isn’t sharp, and since Pikachu is soft, we didn’t cut it. We only struck it one time and then ripped it apart so no one could take it from the trash.”
Juvera said he gave little thought to Pokemon (his 9-year-old son had even amassed more that $400 worth of games and toys) until he read an e-mail on the evils of Pikachu and his ilk. “I learned it can be stepping stone toward other role-playing games like Magic the Gathering,” he said. “And I saw that one of the videos is titled ‘Psychic Friends.’ When it starts talking about the ability to use psychic power, magic and things like that, well, all that’s totally opposite of what we Christains believe.”
Juvera’s son has stopped playing with Pokemon, and the pastor thinks he has other kids thinking twice about the pocket monster craze, too. “I had one girl in the service tell me that they’re not allowing Pokemon in her public school anymore.”
In fact, several schools across the country have banned Pokemon cards and the Game Boy games. They’re too distaracting, say some teachers, while others fear that bigger kids are bullying younger ones into unfair Pokemon trades.
Cripes-and we thought it was bad when they just took our lunch money.
Here is an article that was shared in the comments below by Heikkila from the forums. For those of you who either aren’t old enough to know, or haven’t looked into the subject – games have been protested against for the longest time, way before Pokémon even existed. The article, How We Won the War on Dungeons & Dragons by Annalee Newitz of io9, is a great read on misinformation being spread easily by those who don’t want people to enjoy a harmless game.
As gamers, we should take a stand against people like Mark Juvera and David Brown. Not in any violent way, of course – I’m not advocating violence at all. I’m calling anyone who reads this to enjoy all of your games, no matter what type of game it is. Know that every time you play your game, you are taking a huge protest against people who hate you for playing Pokémon, Dungeons & Dragons, Call of Duty, Halo, Mortal Kombat, Grand Theft Auto, etc. Games are a non-violent form of expression, so who’s to say that you can appreciate this wonderful art form?
Pokémon of the Episode: #666 Vivillon
Vivillon is the Scale Pokémon. It can have the Abilities Shield Dust, Compoundeyes, or the Hidden Ability Friend Guard. It stands at 3’11” (1.2m) tall and weighs 37.5 pounds (17kg). Vivillon is Bug- and Flying-type.
Scatterbug evolves into Spewpa at level 9, and then evolves into Vivillon at level 12.
Vivillon has different patterns, depending on the geographic area set on your 3DS. It has 18 different patterns that you will need to trade with people all over the world in order to see.
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