No. I’m not even going to play your game. I can make my Sims go hungry, go without sleep, piss themselves, but I’m not actually torturing people. It’s just a goddamned game. This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. The android abuse thread has more intelligence in it. Game over.
If we were talking about simulated electronic dog-fighting or cock-fighting or bear-baiting you might have a point. I think it’s at least worth considering that there could be something morally objectionable or potentially harmful about simulating or pretending to do something that would be cruel or evil if we did it for real.
For Pokemon, though, I think it’s so far removed from any actual cruelty or violence involving actual creatures that actually suffer or have feelings that I’m not going to worry about it.
I get that it’s very fantastical and not real, but we condemn dog and cock fights (and I’m guessing it’s the same if a game were made based on that). But it seems unsettling that we are ok with making a children’s game based on similar concepts and wave it off as not real (or try to sugar coat it with teamwork or friendship).