PETA Riled Up By Assassins Creed 4 in Game Whaling

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 9:13 AM
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PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, have released a statement about the newly announced Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag.

They say games are "disgraceful" for "glorifying" the practice of harpooning whales...

Although we know very little of how the mechanics will actually work in the game, just the fact that it exists, it has proved to be a sensitive issue. They point out that not only is harpooning a cruel way to hunt whales, but that the practice still occurs today, with the Japanese still fighting the ban on commercial whaling. Japan actually has an exemption to the ban to whale for research purposes.

Their full statement: "Whaling—that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive—may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it. PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals—not games that promote hurting and killing them."

Of course, whaling was far more common during the setting of Assassins Creed 4, so it's unsurprising that it is portrayed. Do you think Ubisoft are "glorifying" whaling? Should games shy away from historical accuracy in order to avoid painful topics? Tell us what you think.

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14:34 Mar-06-2013

So killing humans in AC is totally ethical and non violent....GROW UP PEOPLE..its just a GOD DAMN GAME..!!!!!....

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15:09 Mar-06-2013

Hemingway had a theory that people that are overly sympathetic to animals tend to not be so sympathetic to humans and vice versa. I think PETA proves it.

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15:11 Mar-06-2013

Wow! A Hemingway reference. I'm impressed!
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I'm actually not trying to sound like a dick here... I really am impressed. :-)

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15:40 Mar-06-2013

I will take it as the compliment it was meant to be. I was going pre-law and the adviser told me that going lit over poli sci meant taking less math classes. I've never looked back. I really got into Hemingway, especially everything he wrote about the Spanish Civil War. Above was actually a reference to Death in the Afternoon.

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17:59 Mar-06-2013

Making GD classy, huh? haha

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18:49 Mar-06-2013

GD was classy before I joined, it's why I did.

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12:43 Mar-06-2013

PETA now stands for polygon's ethical treatment activists ?

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11:13 Mar-06-2013

Oh, just screw off PETA.

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05:51 Mar-06-2013

Peta, stop wailing. Start whaling in AC4.

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06:01 Mar-06-2013

Rofl.

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06:51 Mar-06-2013

you get a thumbs up for that one bro xD

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07:55 Mar-06-2013

AHAHAHAHAHHA nice one xD

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09:08 Mar-06-2013

Loool, xD

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19:44 Mar-06-2013

Ahahahhaa, epic :D

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05:31 Mar-06-2013

I understand PETA's view, but I sincerely hope this doesn't affect the game. History should be told as true as possible, the good AND the bad.

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04:46 Mar-06-2013

Dear PETA, fight with japan then... not with our beloved assassin's creed!!

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18:13 Mar-06-2013

Japan and China with their whaling and shark fin soup eating LoL...

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04:24 Mar-06-2013

Then wat they will say for far cry 3 loll:)

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03:44 Mar-06-2013

Assassin's Creed has always been about retelling history in their own creative and different way. The fact that whaling occurred in the time the game is set means that they have to portray it or the sense of immersion in the time period would be off. And what has been said many times before is true too, "It's just a game!" Get over yourselves PETA...

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19:43 Mar-06-2013

Totally agreed :D

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03:33 Mar-06-2013

If this affect AC4 in smallest way, PETA then u should not be worried about animals but for your life.

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03:31 Mar-06-2013

You know in AC3 Connor used rope traps. Those are really cruel because often an animal will break a leg in them and if the hunter forgets to check on them the animal will die a slow and horrible death. And yet, I loved dropping traps, throwing down some bait, and waiting to see what I caught. It's a game, I doubt anyone is going to become a chronic whaler after playing AC4.

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07:53 Mar-06-2013

Yep. Thumbs up for this friend :) PETA is fooling with us to say such a thing! They care about hunting whales and don't care about hanging Humans from trees? LOL!

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19:43 Mar-06-2013

There are different organizations for that ;)

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07:01 Mar-07-2013

Thank god they are not criticizing ACIV.

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07:22 Mar-07-2013

Techland was forced to change the Dead Island logo because the I in Island was a guy hanging from a tree and they said it glorified suicide. Now the I is a staggering zombie. Sad. :(

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08:41 Mar-07-2013

You're... You're joking, tight?

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09:33 Mar-07-2013

right*

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10:07 Mar-07-2013

Oh damn... The joys of censorship :D

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09:40 Mar-07-2013

I noticed that. But that doesn't matter much as nothing was changed in the game :D

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14:20 Mar-07-2013

It wasn't that big of a deal. My friend has the special edition with the hanging man and I have the edition with all the DLC and mine has a staggering zombie.

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03:12 Mar-06-2013

I heard of Planking and Batmaning, but never of Whaling.
In all seriousness, I personally believe they should ease off. I remember the PETA version of Pokemon, I wouldn't be surprised if they made a "game" where you control a Whale and shoot harpoons at humans.

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04:21 Mar-06-2013

Oh my goodness, I've never seen that Pokemon thing before! I laughed so hard I started crying when I played it. These people are mental, going after video game animals and whatnot. As someone below said, Go home PETA, you are drunk.

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03:12 Mar-06-2013

can they just chill? it's just a frickkin' game? :/

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02:20 Mar-06-2013

Bitch please...

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01:27 Mar-06-2013

I think that PETA should just back off. For one, its just a game. Plus, it was common in that time period anyways. Who knows, in the game, it could be one-shot kill a whale with harpoons or something; it could be quick, who knows.

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01:23 Mar-06-2013

Being a vegetarian is like having a dick. Please don't waive it around me and don't try to shove it down my throat.

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01:41 Mar-06-2013

You know, I was just... uhh... thinking the same thing.

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01:52 Mar-06-2013

I lost two thumbs just now. :) I guess I struck a nerve.

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01:57 Mar-06-2013

I just gave you one. People are prudes.

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02:50 Mar-06-2013

you just got another one back, I totally agree

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03:26 Mar-06-2013

Ty, I would thumb you back but I did that for both of you a while back. :)

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21:04 Mar-05-2013

PETA is really desesperated!
STUDY OR YOU WILL END LIKE THEM
HUNGRY!

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21:04 Mar-05-2013

PETA =
People
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21:13 Mar-05-2013

Hehe, my brother went on a date with this girl once. She's a vegetarian, which he didn't know until they were at the restaurant.
My brother hates vegetarians, so when the waiter came to take the order my brother said "I'll have the steak".
The waiter then obviously asked "and how do you want it?"
To which my brother replied "Bloody".
That was a year or 2 ago and he still pisses himself laughing when he remembers the look on that girl's face.

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21:15 Mar-05-2013

It is simply against our nature as human beings to not eat meat. I don't get it.
Bacon is, like, the most perfect thing in the universe.

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21:19 Mar-05-2013

Hmmmm, bacon, haaarggll

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21:24 Mar-05-2013

Classic Simpsons quote:
Lisa: I’m going to become a vegetarian.
Homer: Does that mean you’re not going to eat any pork?
Lisa: Yes.
Homer: Bacon?
Lisa: Yes, dad.
Homer: Ham?
Lisa: Dad, all those meats come from the same animal!
Homer: Right, Lisa, some wonderful, magical animal!

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22:00 Mar-05-2013

I can't imagine life without meat :D It's something natural to us and those animals we eat, they were made for that very purpose. Anyone who oppose that imo, he defies nature.

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20:40 Mar-05-2013

PETA please, in a game where you can kill tons of humans, is it realy a problem killing virtual whales too? It is like saying that AC games glorify murders.
Game are not the realy life and PETA should think to something more important.

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20:05 Mar-05-2013

i think this is just wrong, i mean Peta seriously? in a game? there are more relevant matters that they should actually work on, a country is actually killing more sharks for their fin and toss is away after that and there are also extinction of some animals because of excessive hunting, so why AC4?

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19:17 Mar-05-2013

It's a game its what they did back then and still today whats it matter? Not putting it in the game will not make any difference.

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