Am I the only one that noticed that, while in Pokemon, they have the ability to digitize creatures and heal them from burns, poison, and even being trapped in ice with one machine, how come they don’t have cars, or any regular means of transport that does not rely on pokemon power, except for boats (which might be pulled but we never see), hell, even the technological marvel that is the Aether Foundation is held up by a metric shit ton of pokemon, any thoughts to why this is?
Don’t have cars?
I mean, they definitely have cars in the anime, right? Gary has one in the very first episode (despite being, to all appearances, not significantly older than Ash, who is explicitly ten years old). We don’t see cars often in the games because it’d be kind of intrusive to our experience of the games’ city areas as pedestrians, but I don’t know if there’s good reason to suggest that they don’t exist. And Gold and Silver had the bullet train between Goldenrod City and Saffron City. And in Ruby and Sapphire we arrive in Littleroot Town in a moving van. And Black and White had the subway system in Nimbasa City, and Skyla’s cargo plane. So I think the premise of this question is just wrong. If the focus of what we see in the games and anime is on things that are in some way Pokémon-powered, that’s probably because those things are more interesting and worth giving more attention to than things that exist in the real world, work the same way as they do in the real world, and are pretty mundane parts of our own everyday lives. Like, they definitely have cars, but ultimately who gives a $#!t? Riding Pokémon is just cooler.