Can Christians Play Pokémon?
Is Pokemon Too Violent?
What is this game about? Catching them all? It's about becoming the ultimate Pokémon master. How do you do that? By catching them all, and training them to fight and win battles.
Does that sound so bad? What if I told you that there was a new kids game about cock fights? Don't get me wrong, I play games more violent then Pokémon, but this game is geared to little kids, and I don't think its right to expose them to this kind of violence, especially when its for selfish gain. Isn't forcing creatures to fight so you can be the ultimate master of Pokémon kind of selfish?
Even before they evolve the Pokémon attack by biting and scratching each other. Can you imagine a game about puppies attacking each other like that. Some how the fact that Pokémon are not real makes them maiming each other acceptable. After they evolve they gain attacks that could out right kill each other. Should killing other peoples pets for fun and profit go unnoticed?
Disagree all you want but that's what this game boils down to in my opinion. This is concerning enough, let alone when the game is geared to kids.
When Pokémon evolve they grow and sprout talons or horns or some other deadly improvement. Only Pokémon that are successful at battle evolve vary much. It almost seems dog eat dog. The Pokémon are rewarded for being violent, and so are you for teaching them to be violent. And there reward is the opportunity to do more damage then before. It's a never ending cycle of violence. Oh did I mention this is a kids game?
Depending on their element, they may fight by belching fire, psychic attacks, casting spells, spraying poison clouds, crushing moves and crippling mayhem. At this point, they really appear to be monsters.
All Pokémon have different stats and abilities that you most have memorized in order to be a successful trainer. Demons are the only monsters out there from a christian perspective. And the notion that some are weaker then others (even though this might be true,) and that they need to evolve to become more powerful (this is definitely not true,) invites disaster in my opinion. What if I told your kids that bears are not dangerous until they get to be older and they believed me and got hurt because they did not think that the bear was dangerous yet. And even if they did not believe me you would make sure that I would never do something like that again. Aren't demons more dangerous then bears? Telling a kid that they are not all dangerous, and even going as far as to say that they are cute and you can control them is ridiculous and unsafe.
do you think pokemon is to violent
Pokemon and the Occult
A study of eastern mysticism and the occult reveals striking similarities:
Most emphasize earth, wind, rain, and fire as a source of power. Pokémon includes those in its energy cards.
Reincarnation is often found to be a basic belief. In the game, the monsters actually die to their old self and evolve into the new, more powerful Pokémon.
Spirit guides can be summoned by the practitioner. They tell what they see, fight with other spirits, guard, and carry out assignments given by the medium.
Pokémon monsters do this for their "trainers" children playing the game as well.
A"peaceful" spirit is called a pika-chu. The cartoon's hero has a pet that battles Pokemons and protects him called, you guessed it, Pikachu.
Is pokemon occultic?
Resources - please tell me about sites that you think i should include in this list (from either perspective)
here is a short list of pages that Christians have written about why they think pokémon is bad
Can Christians Play Pokémon: You Decide
Can christians play pokémon?