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I would think that Normal/Bird-type Pokemon would be eaten most often, such as Farfetch'd. (Canonically eaten with leeks.)
This would likely result in a plainer taste as well as fewer dangerous parts to be removed (such as fire and electric sacs and the previously mentioned poison sacs.)
Also, is there a wiki page for this yet?
edited 13th Mar '10 12:57:41 AM by newtonthenewt
Do people eat electric eels?
Before anything else, I have to say that there was a reason I put up such strict rules for the Touhou thread (my inability to keep it updated reasonably notwithstanding) was to raise productivity. Especially with something like Pokemon, with an even greater mass of things to explain, no "magic" in that sense to explain away illogical parts, and many more people in the know about it, you need to keep it structured.
So my suggestion is, we should start with the general world-building things, like the Pokeball issues we're discussing now, then move on to the actual mons, after we got the logistics of their universe out of the way. It would also allow for some structured interpretation of Pokemon based on different interpretations of the world.
Also, it seems like a good idea to give people a sort of form when we start discussing Pokemon. Nobody has to compile the results if it's too much work, but at the very least it would give people a structured idea of what issues there are to tackle.
ANYWAY, Pokeballs. I'm gonna postulate that Pokemon are similar to Digimon. They can be converted into digital data, yeah? But since they remain sentient, and apparently the conversion is not considered to be animal cruelty and, hell, mons can even infect one another with a Pokerus in digital space... Their "digital world", if you will, has got to be more than just data. In the vein of what I got from Digimon, I'd consider it to be just another layer of the world as such. Being converted is basically a quick transfer to a different plane of existence.
Since I also consider Pokemon to be basically the same as Japanese nature spirits, meaning that Pidgey is not a bird so much as a minor spirit god of pidgeons, it doesn't seem too far-fetched that this would work for Pokemon. Then again, it also appears to work with items... Well, I assume they are specially crafted Pokemon items that work differently... *rubs chin*
That also demonstrates my stance on whether Pokemon are the only animals, of course. They aren't. There's no possible level that it would make sense on. A world can't sustain itself with such a meager variety in fauna and flora. For that matter, why would Pokemon be the only animals when grass types aren't the only plants? Pokemon are too powerful to be easily bred for eating. They are intelligent beings, so it would be downright cannibalism to eat them. * Obviously, that won't keep all people from doing it. I could imagine certain Pokemon being a delicacy, especially Miltank milk.
I send my golem.exe to jack in and do battle against your jynx.exe.
^^ Good point on the organizational rigor. But it's been a bad few days for me to devote significant attention to any thread, and will continue that way until I've settled in at home for break. So, 36ish hours.
So consider this an exploratory phase? ._.
Don't worry too much about it. *patpats*
But Faw, there are multiple mentions of people eating pokemon in the games. Team Rocket cutting off Slowpoke tails, Farfetch'd being rare because it was hunted near extinction and so on.
As for the pokemon being converted to data in the pokeballs I can get behind that notion. Especially since the T Ms and H Ms look like C Ds. It makes sense that if the mons are data you are just uploading new data to them via TM of HM.
It also explains the whole Porygon family nicely. Scientists figured if they could transform existing pokemon to data, how hard would it be to engineer one from the ground up.
As for pokemon popping out of their pokeballs, I like to think there is some sort of internal twitter-esque feed giving them data about the outside world.
-Trainer used Staravia to fly back home. -Trainer went to sleep. -Trainer decided to go talk to the professor. -A sibling Cyndaquil is being given away as a starter. -So on and so on.
I didn't say it doesn't happen. But it's the exception, not the norm. Notice how the Slowpoketail-cutting was considered an evil act.
SENTIENT DATA PACKETS!
Warning: Golem.exe might contain corrupted data.
*Golem erupts from Pokeball*
*gives his trainer the finger and walks off to find a smoke*
Nitpick: Technically Faw, eating pokemon wouldn't be cannibalism, it would be a carnivorous action. Unless one subscribes to the "Humans are the #0th Pokemon" WMG.
A particularly spiky and rebellious golem could play this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iuvJaZ3sKY
No, Alkthash, humans are the 18th angel.
edited 13th Mar '10 2:38:32 AM by GlennMagusHarvey
Sure, why not!
Well, I know the definition of cannibalism, but I'd personally stretch it to mean "humanly intelligent beings eating other humanly intelligent beings".
If anything the very concept of people keeping animals in little balls, and training them to battle other monsters is animal cruelty.
Why hasn't PETA raised hell over this game?
Because PETA only cares about cooking.
Eh, my own fancruft dictates that my trainers link their "release" flag to transfer their unwanted pokemon to a distant region's Adoption Center Storage, or to be added to the Wildlife Repopulation Drive storage for preparation to be sent into the wild after survival training in an effort to repopulate endangered species.
That one makes sense.
The Pokemon world is optimistic enough for that to work, I guess.
And now about Wailord.
edited 13th Mar '10 10:12:46 AM by Neo_Crimson
About "Tiny cramped balls", it seems to be roughly accepted that pokéballs shunt the 'mons into a peaceful, nice environment tailored to them. Heck, there's a specific kind of ball that's apparently nicer than the rest, making the 'mon like you faster.
Whether that's a pocket dimension or a Digital World kind of thing is up to youuuuuu!
Why hasn't PETA raised hell over this game?
Because the Pokémon themselves honestly don't seem to mind much. Consider the following:
edited 13th Mar '10 3:48:50 PM by Pykrete
I figure the computer work like pokeballs on a wider scale. They contain some sort of hammer space for the pokemon to get some R&R in.
And to store inventory.
EDIT: Hopefully your Pokémon and your stuff are in optionally separate hammerspaces. I'm tired enough to get weird mental images right now, and I just got one of withdrawing my Swampert while it's trying on my undies, and...yeah.
edited 13th Mar '10 4:57:31 PM by Pykrete
Storage Boxes are larger versions of Pokeballs.
"I didn't say it doesn't happen. But it's the exception, not the norm. Notice how the Slowpoketail-cutting was considered an evil act"
But that's was mainly because they were Sacred in that Town. You could argue that other areas wouldn't share that opinion.
It's like how cows are Sacred in some parts of the world(i forget where).
Re Boxes: I prefer to think of them as virtual environments.
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