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PETA Attacks Whaling in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

DirtyDiva | March 06 2013 | Bookmark and Share
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
What: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

PETA has suddenly put a microscope on the upcoming Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag by attacking their depiction of whaling in the game. Since we gamers are so often not able to discern between reality and our games, we are bound to think killing whales in real life is cool. PETA recently talked to Polygon to share their fears,

"Joe Shmoe who plays this game in his mother's basement in the safety and comfort of his home will feel a sense of accomplishment by killing this whale."

They go on to say that they would feel differently about this particular part of the game if it had shown the horror of a terrified animal "fleeing for her life". Add to that more gory descriptions of what happens to whales when they're captured and you would probably have trouble keeping those lunch tacos down.

Ubisoft's Stone Chin had a response. While not entirely PC itself, at least it does show that PR people do actually have a sense of humor when faced with a difficult complaint. Stone stated,

"We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don't condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over-the-legal-limit drunken debauchery."

The full story can be read on Polygon should you choose to read it.

Source: Polygon

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Eith
Oh my...I'm all for the ethical treatment of animals, but PETA is being a bit silly.
Firstly, this is a "historically based" game and if they didn't include whaling in one form or another, then they would be missing a major factor in the economy and daily life of the times the game is set in. It REALLY happened, whaling was HUGE. You can't pretend it didn't happen. (Just my history background talking there.)

Second, it's a GAME and I'm not going to steal a olde timey tall ship, sail into the middle of nowhere, and harpoon a whale or two.

And third, they could have approached it so much better, IMO. Taken it as an opportunity to show what over-whaling during those times did to the whale populations, that still are effecting the whales now. There are real long term consequences to killing large portions of species, it could have been a good way to prove a point without flying off the handle.

So that said- I'll be playing this in my *own home*, fully aware of the whaling culture and process of the time, thanks very much PETA. >:\
By Eith on 2013 03 06
xSHADOWx
PETA are a bunch of n*b-heads and always have been, they go about things in an extreme manor and they wonder why nobody takes them seriously, they use emotional blackmail on celebrities in order to get them to pose naked for the "id rather go naked than wear fur" campaign. PETA can kiss me *ss
By xSHADOWx on 2013 03 07
X1up Girl
I was going to hold off getting this one, but I'd buy it just to piss PETA off.
By X1up Girl on 2013 03 07

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