The expected project created by EricLostie and that moves the saga Pokémon to a region inspired in Spain, it is criticized for its humor and branded as ‘homophobic’ and ‘retrograde’.
If you follow the game development on the part of the community and you love Pokémon, the saga of games of The Pokémon Company and Nintendo, it is very likely that you are aware of the hundreds of copies, versions, and adaptations of the series. One of the most anticipated and talked about has been Pokémon Iberia, an ambitious transformation of the title from GAME FREAK that takes us to a region inspired in Spain and looking, to step, to make you laugh and criticize the vicissitudes of our country. launched at the end of last week and with quite a lot of success, being in some moments of this Sunday one of the games most viewed on Twitch, but it has done controversy. For many, their creator, EricLostie has crossed a line too fine with his humor.
The debate about the boundaries of humor made video game
Pokémon Iberia leads us to speak from several months ago. The video game fan has swum always in a sea of controversy due to its particular black humor, his way of addressing certain social and political issues, and his famous satirical tone, able to transform made grotesques and little pleasant object of derision and a joke. Its creator, EricLostie, a celebrity on Twitter, has never hidden that Pokémon Iberia is a great criticism towards Spain, but at the same time, a letter of virtual presentation that portrays us we are as a society and set cultural. To what is good and what is bad. Collect regions, behaviors, personalities, collectives and jokes recurring, all under the aesthetic of Pokémon, and the help of RPG Maker XP.
however, in the last few months of its creation for the PC has been embroiled in a constant criticism, without break, by a large number of players and groups. For many, its creator has lost focus and has begun to be rude, racist, uneducated and decidedly homophobic in certain jokes and items collected in your game. However, Pokémon Iberia makes jokes about the roma, the radical feminist, the brothers-in-law, patriotic, transgender people and has even allowed the luxury of do sarcastically with affairs very delicate, and that have shocked the whole society in its set, such as the brutal rape group that took place in the San Fermines of 2016.
This led, a few hours ago, the formal complaint in the form of article of Benjamin Rose in the middle Gamersfera. According to Benjamin, “Pokémon Iberia is a fangame that should not exist”, and that at the bottom, conceals a series of thoughts of the extreme right reactionary and militant disguised in the form of humor and social criticism. Little or no matter which make of laughter with celebrities and members of the political class as Mariano Rajoy, Pedro Sanchez, and the famous football player Andrés Iniesta. Are small details that hides a background more perverse and doomed to the double reading, and that’s where Pokémon Iberia, according to many players, push the boundaries of humor.
this bulk of players, that became the video game fan in TT on social networks such as Twitter with their criticism, you mix up the usual stereotypes that you see in the Spanish autonomous communities with some xenophobic elements, as well as seasoned with dozens of jokes in bad taste that ridicule and denigrate the sexual identities or gender of many people, as well as doing damage to certain ethnic groups in danger of social exclusion, such as immigrants and the like. One of the most talked about has been one that is located in the beginning of the same video game, and that refers to the gender of each player and their corresponding virtual avatar. In addition to the options of man or woman, the user can choose not to be identified with those genres and accept a choice of gender is not binary. To do so, it automatically becomes a helicopter. In the week of the Pride and of the claims of the sexual identities of a large part of the society, this joke has generated great controversy.
Your creator will change any of the jokes
even Though the author of Pokémon Iberia has rejected this kind of criticism and comments, that qualifies as a kind of collaborator linked to the Spanish right wing, after the surge of suggestions and the media noise generated, has promised that will change certain jokes, and set other options in the video game. In particular, will change the gag’s initial helicopter, related to the gender not binary.
beyond the controversy, and the media noise, we do not know how long the popularity of Pokémon Iberia and its online content. Nintendo is not too lenient with this type of material modifications relating to your copyright, and may soon be announcing an order to cease and desist, alleging infringement and misuse of a registered trademark. The majority of these cases are solved with the erase all of the video game fan in question and a letter of apology. In any case, and beyond the current debate about the boundaries of humor and the politically correct, EricLostie has gotten his title is commented on by the millions of players foreign in principle to his work, coming to the public very different.
July 8, 2019
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