If Pokemon were real, how would smogonfags battle? Would they be switching 90% of the time trying to "predict" their opponent?
They'd be like this guy
Pokemon is a numbers game. Everything can be easily predicted. Everything is set with few variables.
Pokemon in real life would be drastically different. In real life, there are a lot more variables like hunger, health, energy, tripping, wind. It would be straight up cock fighting but 10x worse. Unless pokemon can only die of natural causes.
Assuming you mean pokemon in the world we live in rather than being ported to pokeman land, I imagine most trainers wouldn't be able to get diverse teams of mons from all over the country, much less the smogon standard genies.
Most of us would just be like Bug Catcher Timmy and have 6 of the same couple mons near the place we live
I imagine le koffingman of infinite balance himself would patent some kind of eye-bound scouter device that literally reads off powerlevels like in the games so they could autismally calculate 2HKOs after rocks between each attack
and then smogonfags would be like the ginyu force or something
the games are different from real life
it's like that one episode of pokemon where he is on the computer simulator and he thinks by following it he can win battles when in real life it's about actual practice and not stats.
Trigger finger skill. You can switch out a poke as quickly as you can put your finger on the pokeball.
There is something like a chess timer for how long you can spend without a pokemon in play. So you have to already know who you want to switch into or lose time and potentially forfeit the match by default. Prediction comes in not being able to switch fast enough out of most moves, so you have to see it coming and have your next pokeball ready.
Exotic animal trade is a giant moneymaker and an increasing problem around the world though. If pokemon were real there would be invasive species everywhere and thousands of pokemon would go extinct every year from habitat loss.