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    Rumor: Nintendo is suing peta

    Nintendo responds to PETA’s Pokemon attack | canada.com


    Last week PETA attacked Nintendo’s popular Pokemon franchise in amusing fashion, claiming that Pokemon trainers actually abuse their Pokemon in the series.

    Somehow, PETA missed the series’ main points – that humans and Pokemon are meant to help each other and live together in relative harmony.

    Unsurprisingly, Nintendo wasn’t very impressed with PETA’s Pokemon-like flash game and seems to be considering legal action.

    “Nintendo and the Pokémon Company take the inappropriate use of our products and intellectual property seriously,” stated Nintendo in a recent press release.

    The flash game hosted on PETA’s website, Pokémon Black and Blue: Gotta Free ‘Em All, allows players to control an abused Pokémon as he attacks his trainer and frees other enslaved Pokémon.




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    Hello Zachary,



    Thank you for bringing this incident to our attention. Nintendo takes the inappropriate use of its products and intellectual property seriously. Nintendo is not affiliated with PETA or with the game they have created and in this case we will be taking action against PETA.

    For the latest news and information on upcoming Nintendo products, please keep an eye on our website (Country Selector at Nintendo).

    Sincerely,



    Naomi Sorace
    Nintendo of America Inc



    Kinda wondering if this is a first amendment case involving fair use and all, but i could be wrong.



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    As well as they should do... About time someone shuts up these self-righteous idiots.




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    I don't know if this is defamation of character? Pokemon is a game where humans enslave pokemon and force them to battle each other. Peta might have been making a mean spirited parody, but that is the basis behind the game.

    I don't think Nintendo has a case either (I am not a lawyer, so don't take my word for it). There are a lot of flash games out there that use licensed products and they are protected under the Fair Use Act. I would post some, but unfortunately most of them involving Pokemon are porn games and I don't think the admins (except maybe Davey ) would like that.

    Also Nintendo has been known for flying off the handle where their stuff is concerned Don't Say You Like Nintendo Games; They'll Sue You - Voodoo Extreme

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    Its a parody, and thus protected by the first amendment. It is, however, a misrepresentation, and there may be grounds for defamation/slander, but Nintendo would have to prove damages, and to be honest, who really takes PETA seriously, especially when they're attacking Pokemon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_mayus View Post
    I don't know if this is defamation of character? Pokemon is a game where humans enslave pokemon and force them to battle each other.
    Pokemon's official canon is that pokemon and humans work perfectly in harmony. The pokemon can just simply run away if abused.


    Quote Originally Posted by dr_mayus View Post
    Also Nintendo has been known for flying off the handle where their stuff is concerned Don't Say You Like Nintendo Games; They'll Sue You - Voodoo Extreme


    Just like all the Mother 3 translations, all the Rom download sites, and everything related to their japan-only games in the US right.



    Nintendo is probably the least likely company to sue for stuff like fanart and other things involving their games like Rom Hacks. I wouldn't want my games associated with porn though if im a Family/Everyone company.



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    Someone should kick Peta in the ass, I hope it's just a matter of time


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    I'll kick bag with a bag of and see how this plays out.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps360 View Post
    Pokemon's official canon is that pokemon and humans work perfectly in harmony. The pokemon can just simply run away if abused.
    That's nice if that is canon, but why doesn't that ever happen in the games? I mean say what you want about Nintendo's intentions behind the game, the game is a game about young kids kidnapping animals (after they beat them up enough, poison them, paralyze them, burn them etc.) and then forcing them to do battle for money and glory. That is Pokemon.

    I mean there are things like the day care and pokepark, but those were added in much later, but despite that nothing in this game resembles a loving atmosphere. Tell me one battle in the game that isn't won by simply pitting your pokemon against other pokemon until you have forced the other team to faint.

    Look at it like this. Take away the cute names and the colourful graphics. Let us pretend this is a game about young kids coming across dogs. They beat the dog up until it is too weak to defend itself and then straps a leash on it. From now on whenever that kid comes across more dogs it forces that dog to fight the other dog until that dog faints. What do you have now, you have animal abuse.

    Listen Pokemon is a fun game (I don't think there needs to be that many sequels but the first few were fun), but Peta has a point. It is a game that hides animal abuse very cleverly and makes it OK for kids. Nintendo has an image to protect, but in the end they made a game on par with Cockfighting.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ps360 View Post
    Just like all the Mother 3 translations, all the Rom download sites, and everything related to their japan-only games in the US right.



    Nintendo is probably the least likely company to sue for stuff like fanart and other things involving their games like Rom Hacks. I wouldn't want my games associated with porn though if im a Family/Everyone company.
    Actually they are the only company to ever sue for it so they are actually the MOST likely. You know how much Final Fantasy porn is out there? That girl wasn't even using the stuff in her porn, she just said she liked it and that was enough for Nintendo to shut her profile down.

    You can defend them all you want, but I don't think PETA is in the wrong here (and trust me I hate PETA). When Peta was going after Mario for the whole Tanooki suit thing, I was on Nintendo's side. This time PETA has a point, Pokemon is a game that encourages animal abuse and I hope they win the lawsuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr_mayus View Post
    That's nice if that is canon, but why doesn't that ever happen in the games?
    It's from the lore in the game. The Pokemon think fighting is a game and have fun doing it.



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    Contests do not have you [s]killing[/s]fainting the opponent.

    This will be interesting to see where it goes.
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    I hate PETA anyway, so fine with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps360 View Post
    It's from the lore in the game. The Pokemon think fighting is a game and have fun doing it.
    So you are saying as long as little kids think that fighting is just a game then it is OK? They should beat each other up until one of them passes out, just as long as they know it is all for fun?

    Please never have children.

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