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Poké Monomania: The Consumer Success of Pokémon’s Ideological Self-Obsession

How Pokémon’s self-obsession influences and mirrors the obsession of its players with the game.


Pokémon isn’t just a game about Pokémon, it’s a game in which almost nothing else exists… Wandering from town to town in-game, it’s rare to have a conversation with any Non-Player Character (NPC) that isn’t about the little beasts. Why does Pokémon work so hard to create this monomaniacal world? It’s difficult to separate Pokémon’s fanatical self-obsession from the flagrant consumerism with which the series has become synonymous…

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