Pokemon Team Has Poop Fight in Hotel…?
So, what I’m about to say may blow your mind, but try to keep it inside your skull:
Sometimes journalists, like any other human beings, make mistakes.
I know, right? Who would have thought? But whether this is news to you or not, after reading this article you’ll probably forget all about it and continue going about your day.
But here’s why you shouldn’t. I present to you Exhibit A, an unpublished article written by yours truly about an incident that supposedly happened during the Pokemon Video Game Championships (links from this original article have been unlinked, but have been labeled in brackets and relinked below):
I don’t even need to come up with a clever or entertaining way to write this article. It practically writes itself.
Apparently, during the Pokemon Video Game Championships in Birmingham, UK, over the weekend, the championship team from Spain got drunk, went back to their hotel, and decided to fling their own poo at each other in the hallway.
No, really. That really, actually, seriously (apparently) happened. The story has been corroborated [Destructoid] by multiple sources [Nintendo Life] and eyewitness reports [PokemonWorld forum] of the incident.
Needless to say, the group was thrown out of the hotel.
Obvious Primate Pokemon-related jokes aside, I can’t imagine what these competitors were thinking – or on. I mean, even if they were drunk, that’s not a normal thing to do. I’ve never gotten drunk with my friends and suggested that we should throw poop at each other. No one else that I know has ever suggested that, either. I’ve never even heard of that happening at my university, and there were a lot of really awful, gross things that happened at my university.
…So I guess you could say that the shit really hit the fan at this Pokemon tournament.
I admit that I mostly wanted to write this article because the story is absolutely ridiculous — and because I wanted to shop the Pikachu image, which I’m still using, dammit!
But that’s exactly the point. The story is so ridiculous and shocking that no one, including myself, bothered to actually corroborate the story. We all just took each other’s word that the story was true. With a bit of poking around the links in the article, you’ll see that the only evidence presented for this story is the “eyewitness account” forum post on the PokemonWorld forums.
Absolutely no one, as far as Nukezilla or I can tell, knows anything else about the incident. There are mentions of “several other sources at the hotel,” but there are no links presented to prove it.
I don’t want to say that because there is no, or very little, evidence to support it the story isn’t true — that’s a can of worms I’d rather not open — but it’s quite suspicious to say the least. It could be true, but that’s not enough of a reason for it to have blown up like it did. And if it turns out to be true, I’ll be sure to post about it again.
The moral of this story, kids, is to always question what you hear. If Nukezilla hadn’t caught ourselves before posting the same story everyone else was posting, would you have thought twice about it?
Critical thinking is always important, no matter if you’re at your job or just reading some news story about some guys at a Pokemon tournament who supposedly threw poop at each other.
…So I guess you could say this became a real shitstorm of a story!
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