Tuesday, January 12, 2010

YouTube of the Week - Pokemon is Satanic. Riiight.

Well, since this particular YouTube video is spreading like wildfire among the geek community, and since this is a Pokemon blog, I simply had to post and comment on it.

It's a short screed (circa 1999-2000) by a televangelist on the evils of Pokemon. Yes, Pokemon. My comments are below the video.

Anyway, the preacher says that Pokemon teaches children how to use magic powers in real life. I wish it did; it would sure make my life a whole lot easier. Trouble is, the powers Pokemon use aren't even magic; they're fully "natural", just like claws, fangs, and venom in the real world. Also, anything in any imaginary world has absolutely no bearing on the real world; anybody who thinks so is either delusional, lying, or possibly both.

Sure, there may be a Devil, and he wants to mess us up real good, but aren't there better (or worse) things out there the Devil can use for his own ends than Pokemon? Gangs, drugs, war...all those cause far more suffering than a video game.

As for children fighting and killing each other over Pokemon cards, it wasn't the cards that made them do it; those children were probably maladjusted to begain with. If it wasn't for Pokemon cards, those exact same children might have fought each other over basketball shoes or leather jackets.

Russian roulette isn't a game, it's just stupid. Gaaaaahhh. X(

The preacher then goes into the same hackneyed tripe about D&D and rock 'n' roll that was old back in the 90's. It wasn't true then; it isn't true now.

Saying some people can't be saved or can't go to Heaven because of the games they play is un-Biblical. Methinks our preacher would do well to re-read the Good Book a few more times, starting with the fourteenth chapter of Romans.

Well, I've said enough. If there's anything I missed ranting about, please make a comment!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pokemon.com's New Look + Gamestop Shiny Pichu Giveaway

Go-Pokemon.com and Pokemon-games.com have merged with the main Pokemon.com site! Poemon.com has a shiny new look, and tons of new features. Don't take my word for it, check it out yourself!

Also, from January 30th to February 14th, Gamestop stores throughout the US will have a special Shiny Pichu available for download that will trigger the Spiky-eared Pichu event if traded to HeartGold or SoulSilver (available this March). Don't miss it!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

RPG Disclaimer Collection at The Escapist

Those of you who are children of the 80s like me may remember the anti-D&D crusades some Religious Right types pursued. People were claming that RPGs were somehow connected with the occult, violence, suicide, you name it. In response to this, some RPG manufacturers put disclaimers in their products. Bill Walton of The Escapist has taken the time to compile some of the more interesting of these and is currently posting them on his blog. Most of them are something on the lines of "This is just a game, we do not in any way condone the occult, etc,", but a few are more noteworthy. For instance, Over the Edge First Edition required its GM to repeat its disclaimer before and after every gaming session (which must've gotten tedious after awhile). My personal favorite would have to be from Mage: the Sorceror's Crusade - it's quick and to the point:

"Yes, it's a game.
No, it's not Satanic.
Don't kill anyone.
Get a life.
Thank you."

You can see the complete collection at The Escapist Blog.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Here's hoping 2010 is a lot better than 2009 for many of my readers, especially when it comes to Pokemon!