Archaon Posted April 30, 2009 Report Share Posted April 30, 2009 Post-apocalyptic Pokemon. Stop. I see you navigating away from the thread already. Just hear me out. As I’m sure you all know, Pokemon is a happy, fun series of games aimed largely at kids. Bright colours, cheery and quirky characters, upbeat music and an all-around light-hearted feel; all of these serve marvellously in detracting from the fact that the focus of the game is on ferocious gladiatorial combat. What if, rather than trying to dull the edges of its inherent violence, it were to embrace it? Picture a Fallout-style scenario. Nuclear war has engulfed the Earth, reducing most of it to a barren, desolate wasteland. The creatures known as “Pokemon” were once normal animals, but have since been mutated heavily by radiation, causing them to have bizarre appearances that often only barely resemble their original species, as well as granting them remarkable abilities. This has also left them with extremely unstable DNA, which has been known to lead to abrupt and inexplicable transformations, wherein a Pokemon undergoes millions of years worth of evolutionary progress in just a few seconds. With advanced technology rendered the stuff of legend, mankind has been forced to fall back on more primitive ways, capturing and taming these strange beasts to use towards their own ends. Pokemon battling, in this world, is not something one does for fun, or out of a desire to win tournaments and “be the best”. Such duels are bloody and painful, but they are a harsh necessity of life. If an aspiring trainer or his monstrous companions lack the skill, determination and power to meet challenges head-on and face the many dangers that the brutal wasteland has to offer, they will be crushed and tossed aside to die a meaningless and unlamented death. To quote the late, great Richard Pryor; “You’d better get bad, Jack, ‘cause if you ain’t bad, you gon’ get fucked!” And you will get fucked. Wild and feral Pokemon are an ever-present danger, and there is also the terrible threat of Team Rocket. Although this ruthless criminal organisation was thought to have been all but wiped out, they underwent a mysterious rebirth in the fires of the nuclear holocaust and have become more bold in their dealings than ever before, raiding, pillaging and enslaving anyone who lacks the strength to oppose them. It’s a whole new world we live in. But you still gotta catch ‘em all. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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