So it's a creepypasta...yeah, not really what I'd call a controversy, just a conspiracy. So yeah, no, they did not screw up with Lavender Town. Besides, there are cemetaries in towns in the real world yes? What's so bad about there being one in a game?
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They did good with Lavender. One of my favorite cities actually. I'm honestly glad they haven't tried to clone it
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They didn't make a mistake with Lavender Town. The Tower being removed for a Radio Station in the Johto games shows 'evidence' that Game Freak thinks otherwise, but I personally think that, without the Team Rocket invasion and the Rival Battle, there was no reason for the town at all, so they put the plot-relevant Radio Station there for the people going through Kanto to need to visit there.
I don't believe Game Freak screwed up with Lavender Town. I think it's a good idea to have at least one town based solely around legends and beliefs of ghosts (honestly, Ecruteak City creeped me out a little bit more than Lavender Town did). It helped add to the surprise creepy in that part of the game, which I believe all children's games/shows/movies should have at least a little bit of. There's still really creepy things in the Pokémon games like the Distortion World, the PokéDex entries, the Old Chateau, and a few other places/events that happen dealing with ghosts/death. I really don't like it when things for kids skirt around the concept of death, so for Pokémon to have a whole town around it (or heck, Ghost-types) makes it one of the reasons why I love the games so much.
There is a song that 16 or so people's suicides really were attributed to, and some really did mention in their suicide notes, it's called 'Gloomy Sunday'.
Death is part of life just like mating. So I dont think GF was screwed up. Besides there's always a memorial site for death in every gen. And the 'newest trend', disappearing ghosts and ghost houses.
Honestly, as I mentioned, I find White Hand and BURIED ALIVE to be freakier than the faked suicides. I remember getting scared over the alleged original boss of Lavender Town's quotes, before and after the battle: "I'm lonely. So very lonely... Won't you please join me?" And if you lose, "Finally... Fresh meat." And then you see BURIED ALIVE holding your character, dead and dripping with blood on a Game Over screen. *shudders* What's odd is that in prototypes of RB this was the genuine boss of Lavender Town. Weird.
In an old interview with Satoshi, Satoshi stated that Pokemon faint because he wanted people to respect death. "Respecting death" is no exception for Lavender Town, where trainers pay their respects to departed Pokemon.
Nah they actually did a great job on making simple minded kids thinks that its really "Scary, and Disturbing" Like some peopl who made their own stories and "controversy" about suicidal attempts after listening to the music and spread it based on their fear over a Pokemon game lol, seriously
personally i think its ok.
Just saying, I don't see how music without lyrics could do that to kids. I'm sorry, but just no. There are other reasons why kids could choose to do that. [What do I know? I never played Red or Blue... My first game was Emerald.. By the sound of this that might be a good thing...]
I'm saying this from the show, and from what others have said. It sounds to me like yes, they screwed up a little. I just hope that game was rated E10+ rather than the usual rating E. The one thing that sounds scary about it to me is the boss battle Neon Squirtle was talking about. Seriously, that just sounds bad...
Lavender Town is the best <3
Lavender Town never really scared me much as a kid, it was just the music that I always muted. Now that we are older, we just over-anylize this and make it a much bigger deal than it really is. Especially with that suicide story and "Lavender Town Syndrome," it is simply ridiculous.
I'm going to end this debate now. There never was any Lavender Town Syndrome/suicides/diabeetus/acne. It all started from a creepy pasta that used the high pitch frequency thing as basis for their stories. They were written in a manner that suggested that it was real. Obviously if it's on creepy pasta it's not real, however many authors write like that for a better scare effect in their stories. I think it is true that the music has frequencies that younger people find to be irritating if listened to at a high enough volume. However it does not cause suicides, cancer, aids, or anything else. It is no more real than the creepy boot leg copies like strangled red and lost silver. Actually I think someone has made or is making a Cursed Black version.
As far as "screwing up" Lavender Town. Far from it, there is a reason why Lavender town is still talked about and remembered instead of Pewter City. It had a creepy vibe and introduced death to the series. I thought the chandlers in the tower were creepy too.
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