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Animal rights group PETA has labelled Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag's whaling mechanic as "disgraceful", and called for video game developers to stop creating games that "promote hurting and killing" animals.

"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," PETA told VentureBeat in response to Assassin's Creed 4's announcement yesterday, "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."

Though Ubisoft has yet to detail exactly how whaling plays a part in Assassin's Creed 4, the mechanic was referenced during the game's reveal event and in the first set of screens.

Animal hunting is nothing new to video games, of course.

Red Dead Redemption sees players hunting and skinning animals in order to sell their pelts. Tomb Raider - released today - also lets players hunt wildlife. I punched a squirrel in Crysis 3 over the weekend, too.

PETA has previously condemned video games for their treatment of animals.

In October last year, PETA criticised Nintendo for its Pokemon series.

"The amount of time that Pokemon spend stuffed in pokeballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to 'perform' in circuses," the organisation wrote on its website.

"But the difference between real life and this fictional world full of organized animal fighting is that Pokémon games paint rosy pictures of things that are actually horrible."

Source: VentureBeat

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clangod

Good thing I got some practice in killing innocent animals in Far Cry 3.

I wish they could focus more attention on the people who actually do the whaling rather than jump on the hate wagon for a video game that is just a game.

Just another reason for people uninformed to paint the whole industry as one which promotes anti-social or unethical behavior.

Disclaimer: Never harpooned a real whale. 'cept for that one Saturday night I was too pissed to know any better :/
Posted 08:33 on 06 March 2013

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Batmamerc

Lol Pokemon cruelty! We've heard it all now, do they think because I skin a horse in a game I'm going to do it in reality, no I'm going to leave that to tesco. When will ppl realise games are not reality and sane gamers realise this if your too head *****ed to act on what you see in games then you are already a disturbed individual regardless of a games contents. Punching a squirrel though makes me want to go and play crysis 3.
Posted 14:06 on 09 March 2013
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p0rtalthinker

Utterly ridiculous...
Posted 20:36 on 06 March 2013
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TheHindude

Can't believe you punched a squirrel
Posted 14:12 on 06 March 2013
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EverTheOptimist

@clangod Hahaha :)

Yeah, there's a much better way of going about this. If it were me I'd drop the sensationalism and highlight the issue without blaming games. Unfortunately PETA don't do anything that isn't loud, brash and generally stupid. They rile me to be honest, as vegetarians and vegans like myself are often thought to handle themselves in the same manner. Grrrr.
Posted 11:09 on 06 March 2013
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clangod

Good thing I got some practice in killing innocent animals in Far Cry 3.

I wish they could focus more attention on the people who actually do the whaling rather than jump on the hate wagon for a video game that is just a game.

Just another reason for people uninformed to paint the whole industry as one which promotes anti-social or unethical behavior.

Disclaimer: Never harpooned a real whale. 'cept for that one Saturday night I was too pissed to know any better :/
Posted 08:33 on 06 March 2013
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Darkr8zor

Don't point them towards Dishonoured then :0o
Posted 00:03 on 06 March 2013
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altaranga

Ubisoft's attitude towards animal cruelty made me so mad I punched my dog.
Posted 23:42 on 05 March 2013
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EverTheOptimist

Whaling is disgraceful, as is harming any animals, which is why I don't eat them. However, this is a game (i.e. not real) and PETA are ridiculous. I believe in the same stuff they do, but the way they go about promoting their ideals is a joke!
Posted 23:08 on 05 March 2013
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tvr77

"The amount of time that Pokemon spend stuffed in pokeballs is akin to how elephants are chained up in train carts, waiting to be let out to 'perform' in circuses," the organisation wrote on its website."

Did they really say that! Christ sake! Pokemon are made up cartoon like creatures they don't even exsist and you could go on forever with comments like that.
I can see why animal rights folk would dislike and want to stop the poor poor animals being hurt in video games but this stuff is everywhere, they should just stop wasting time and focus on the real thing where animals are being hurt in the real world. I'm sure Pikachu will understand.
Posted 18:58 on 05 March 2013

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Release Date: 22/11/2013
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
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