Pokemon: The Cutest Obsession

As video games go, Pokemon is a far cry from Doom. Rather than annihilating demons with an arsenal of firepower, kids manipulate a group of cloyingly cute critters whose primary form of battle is a glorified version of rock, paper, scissors. There are no guns, no blood--no one even dies. Players choose a starter Pokemon (short for pocket monster), then nurture and train it to battle other monsters using such "weapons" as water, fire and electricity. After defeating a foe, the original monster becomes more powerful. The aim is to become a "master trainer" by vanquishing all 150 challengers.

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