Pokémon games make being a Pokémon trainer look like an absolute fantasy -- especially next to owning a real pet. And, sure, there are some aspects about being a Pokémon trainer that aren't as messy as what comes with being a real pet owner.
You can heal 'mon for free. They come in all sorts of cool shapes and sizes -- and sometimes, they're even legendary and magical. But still. Is being a Pokémon trainer actually better, Dorkly asks?
You'd be surprised.
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And to be fair, some people don't just throw away beloved Pokémon -- thanks to the import and trading features, some people have digitally kept their creatures for nearly a decade or more. Maybe the bond wouldn't be as strong as surviving an actual pet, but people do care lots about their Pokémon too!