One of the potentially darker aspects of Pokémon that has always intrigued fans has been the issue of just what exactly happens when Pokémon are captured, turned into some sort of light beam, and then stuffed inside a Pokéball.
Are the Pokémon conscious while inside? Does the process hurt? Do they even like it?
Thankfully, producer of the upcoming Sun and Moon games Junichi Masuda, speaking to Kotaku, clarified that it's actually quite nice inside Pokéballs:
“I think it’s safe to say that it’s very comfortable inside inside of a Pokéball, it’s a very comfortable environment. Maybe the equivalent of a high-end suite room in a fancy hotel.”
Okay, so it's not some sort of dark, bend-to-my-will sort of thing going on, but I still have a lot of questions. So today, we're going to completely over-analyze a simple quote and see what sorts of things it leaves unanswered.
1. Do Different Pokéballs Look Different Inside?
I have to imagine that if Pokéballs are like hotels inside, then the rooms probably look the same. But what if you're a high-class Pokémon? Wouldn't you want to be able to stay in the king-bed, jacuzzi suite? Of course you would!
So then the question becomes this: Are Great Balls, Ultra Balls, and so on the upgraded hotel suites? I mean, it seems logical that the reason Pokémon are more easily captured by these types is because they're being persuaded by nicer and nicer hotel suites, right?
Okay, "logical" might be a bit of a stretch there.
2. Can Pokémon Furnish The Inside Of Their Pokéball?
Maybe it's because I've been playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Leaf lately, but I know that I would be seriously bummed if I could not make my own personal Pokéhome something that represented me. Especially considering the amount of time some Pokémon spend inside Pokéballs, not being able to modify the inside would drive them stir crazy.
But that just raises even more questions:
- Where do the Pokémon get this furniture?
- Why can't the furniture leave the Pokéball?
- Is there a special currency to pay for this furniture?
There is an entire set of economic implications behind the answer to this one question alone, let alone the rest of my questions!
3. If It's Like A Hotel, Are There Other Pokémon There Or Is It A Creepy & Empty Hotel?
I know the point of booking a hotel is not typically to get to know your fellow guests too well, but it doesn't mean you never acknowledge their existence. In fact, some of the most entertaining stories come from random travelers you happen to converse with at hotels.
However, if the inside does not have other Pokémon in it, what does that mean? To me, that implies a single Pokémon is either stuck in a super-empty, super-creepy hotel a la The Shining or it is trapped inside its suite, unable to even get to any other parts of the hotel.
But! If there are other Pokémon in there, that's even more perplexing. We know that a single Pokéball does not hold more than one Pokémon, so if there were other Pokémon in the hotel, there are a few more things I'll need to know.
For instance, are these other Pokémon even real? The only way they could be real is if the Pokéballs all connected to some sort of network of shared conscious or a shared, alternate pocket dimension. If they're not real, do the real Pokémon get attached to what are essentially figments of their imagination?
Honestly, this isn't sounding so great after all.
4. Finally, What Does This Mean For Science?
You may not think this would have anything to do with science, but trust me — it does. But for the sake of asking questions, we'll need to work with best-case scenarios for this one and assume a few things:
- Pokémon can furnish their apartments.
- There are other Pokémon inside, and they're real.
- Trainers who rotate or move Pokéballs do not effect the gravity inside the Pokéball.
If the above is true, then why hasn't humankind utilize the Pokéball technology elsewhere? Being able to completely negate the effects of gravity would definitely be useful for exploration purposes. Not to mention, if you can store furniture inside, then would wouldn't everyone just carry an entire home's worth of stuff with them wherever they went?
Similarly, wouldn't hopping inside a Pokéball-like network to communicate with others be a million times more useful than the crappy video chat Professor Oak always uses?
The alternative to all of this is that Pokémon are transferred to an inescapable hotel suite with no other to communicate with and no way to ever change the look of the place. That sounds like hell.
...Or maybe I'm just putting way too much thought into this.
What's your take on the description of the inside of Pokéballs?