Is old-school Pokémon going to give my kids nightmares?

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My kids are formally obsessive about Pokémon. In a method, that is nice information for me. After years of coping with the likes of Thomas and Pals, I can lastly bond with them with out having to do any analysis. I used to be into Pokémon within the 1990s, so the kids are in my wheelhouse now.

I gleefully fired up a recreation of Pokémon Crimson for the kids to share my introduction to the franchise with them. Sadly, it was solely after I received them hooked on the sport that I remembered the draw back to sharing my childhood leisure with them: a few of these early installments are actually tousled.

I’m not speaking in regards to the dissonant nature of a recreation that talks in regards to the significance of treating Pokémon effectively however then encourages you to seize them and pressure them to battle. That’s a flaw of the entire franchise, nevertheless it falls beneath the mantle of, “that is only a online game, so don’t overthink it.”

No, I’m speaking about a spot known as Lavender City. That’s the place the unique video games go from fun-filled adventures with cartoon creatures to creepy horror with some really disturbing backstory. Lavender City is the place the sport introduces ghost Pokémon, and so far as I do know it’s the one a part of the franchise to actually discover demise.

Coming into Lavender City

Lavender City marks a sudden and jarring shift within the recreation’s temper. Earlier than and after this part, the sport is comfortable and upbeat. Inside Lavender City, although, you’re greeted by this music:

The city options a spot known as Pokémon Tower, the place lifeless Pokémon get buried. It’s just a little heartwrenching to see folks mourning their beloved animal buddies, even when these animals occur to be imaginary creatures. However hey, demise is part of life. However then issues take a darker flip.

Besides that issues get considerably creepier than that: as you discover the tower, the participant finds the ghosts of lifeless Pokémon and the folks whose our bodies they possess. These possessed people say issues like “Give…me…blood…” and “Give…me…your…soul.” That’s a fairly far cry from battling bug catchers and schoolgirls such as you do in the remainder of the sport.

The piece de resistance to this little tour comes whenever you discover the supply of the hauntings: a mom Pokémon who was killed in entrance of her youngster and who can’t discover peace. She’s the one Pokémon within the recreation you possibly can’t catch – one of the best you are able to do is lastly put her spirit to relaxation.

Haunted Tower

You Can Transfer On, However You Can’t Neglect

Simply as quickly as this nightmarish tour into the horror style begins, it’s over. As soon as you permit Lavender City, the music picks again up once more and the sport goes again to specializing in cute little creatures. No person ever mentions the ghosts once more, and that may be essentially the most disturbing half.

The stage is sort of a time bomb ready to go off. A part of me fears I’ll give my kids nightmares by taking part in it. The opposite a part of me sort of appears ahead to it. I discover it attention-grabbing that outdated kids’ leisure wasn’t afraid to veer into the darkish and disturbing from time to time.

Older kids’ media can typically be an emotional rollercoaster, starting from unhappy scenes in The NeverEnding Story to the creepiness of Lavender City. I can’t consider many items of contemporary works which have that very same vary, although which may not be a nasty factor.

Both method, I do know I’m destined to convey my kids to Lavender City. Not less than will probably be shut to Halloween when it lastly occurs.

Photos: Adam Purves, Linnaea Mellette

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