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  1. Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and PETA

    #504392013-03-11 21:01:10 *DarkChaplain said:


    Animal rights group PETA will attend the midnight release of StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm in Irvine, Calif., as part of a campaign to remind players to "have compassion for all beings," including those in the game.

    "Zerglings Have Feelings, Too" is intended to help players view StarCraft 2's Zerg species with empathy, director of marketing Joel Bartlett said. In Starcraft 2, the Zerg is a race of arthropodal aliens and the game's main antagonists. In Heart of the Swarm, players will control Zerg queen Sarah Kerrigan and her broods as she seeks revenge on her former Terran allies.

    "To paraphrase a great philosopher, the question is not 'Can Zerg reason?' nor 'Can they talk?' but 'Can they suffer when attacked with a Perdition flamethrower,'" Bartlett said. "PETA is full of StarCraft players, but we've always had empathy for the Zerg — and for anyone who is killed without consideration because they don't speak our language."

    According to PETA's campaign, the Zerg are "killed or abused simply because the Terrans can't or won't understand them."

    Blizzard, on the other hand, describes the Zerg as "ruthless killing machines" intent on driving the "zerg imperative of achieving absolute domination." We have contacted the company for comment.

    PETA will be in attendance at the GameStop located in the Irvine Spectrum Mall at 9 p.m. on Monday, March 11. StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm will be available March 12 for Windows PC and Mac.

    Yeah... PETA strikes again....



  2. #504452013-03-11 21:41:58 *Mau said:
    Never mind the REAL animals that suffer...
    Let's just focus on fictional aliens, because they matter more than animal actual species that are on the verge of extinction due to poaching/changing climate/destruction of their environments.
    Focus on fictional aliens, when actual animals are abused/mistreated/and outright killed.
    Yep, that's mentally sound, and makes complete sense.
    Oh right, PETA's never made sense, I forgot.

    Best thing to do is to ignore them, don't give them any kind of attention, the way to make something like PETA go away is to ignore it, pretend it doesn't exist, and every now and then buy and eat the bloodiest steak you can find.
    And encourage everyone to support this game.
  3. #504462013-03-11 21:57:40Kirn said:

    Are those motherfuckers for real?..

    Though, I do love playing Zergs the most, so yeah, I'd rather see Zergs eat some of those pesky Terrans!


  4. #504472013-03-11 21:57:56 *DarkChaplain said:

    To be fair...


    PETA says whaling in Assassin's Creed 4 glorifies hurting and killing, Ubisoft responds

    "There are so many creative minds at Ubisoft that are involved with the Assassin's Creed series that we find it really disappointing that they feel the need to glorify whaling," Bruce said. "PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals, not games that promote hurting and killing them."

    PETA's objection to whaling in the game centers on the depiction of what it sees as real-world suffering. The organization characterizes whaling — which is now prohibited in much of the world — as a barbaric practice. Its presence in the game, PETA says, trivializes what whales endure.

    "This would be a different story if the game portrayed the cruelty and horror experienced when a whale is literally fleeing for her life and then shot with a harpoon — or even several harpoons — and forced to struggle for hours or be hacked apart while still alive aboard a ship," he said.

    "In Assassin's Creed 4, you get ahead by killing. 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."

    Ubisoft's PR manager, STONE CHIN (that's his real name, just to be clear!) replied:

    "History is our playground in Assassin's Creed," Chin said. "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the golden era of pirates. 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."

    And encourage everyone to support this game.

    Supporting Activision Blizzard for cutting the Starcraft sequel into multiple pieces after an incredibly long wait? Supporting them after their Diablo 3 shit? Supporting them after all the WoW and scrapping Warcraft 4 for the longest time?
    You must be joking :V

  5. #504512013-03-11 23:06:59Mau said:
    The fact they even bother to focus on works of fictions marketed to people who should be old enough to understand the difference between reality and fiction, these people should be aware that whaling or killing people is not okay.
    But I will give them the benefit of the doubt in this case, because they at least bothered to focus on a real issue.

    I stand corrected, but I thought it might stick it to PETA, because the worst thing you can do to them is pay attention to them.
  6. #504952013-03-12 17:13:12Kirlyte said:
    As much as I hate to burst everyone's bubble this is not a serious crusade in any way, shape, or form.

    In this particular campaign PETA is pretty self-aware of its ridiculousness, even putting "A PETA Parody" on their poster. The organizer of the campaign makes it pretty clear that this is an awareness campaign meant to draw attention both to PETA and to animals many don't think twice about.

    "So remember, while Zerglings are not real, there are many equally "strange" and exotic animals we share this planet with who deserve our empathy. Just because crocodiles and snakes look alien to us, that doesn't make it OK to skin them alive for a handbag, shoes, or a belt."

    He even straight up says that they were looking for a way to connect it to the real world, not a serious campaign to treat the Zerg better. "And when playing StarCraft, I had noticed how the Zerg were treated more like animals than like other people. I couldn't help but wonder if there would be an analog to PETA in the world of StarCraft."

    The only time he really has anything serious to say on the subject is where he says that he hopes that if the Zerg actually existed that he'd hope there'd be more of an attempt to understand them rather than just straight up war.

    The entire purpose of the campaign is just for awareness and to provoke thought on real-life issues, not trying to seriously protest Starcraft's treatment of the Zerg. I'm definitely not a fan of PETA, but attacking them for "wasting time on fiction" or taking the campaign too seriously is definitely a mistake in this case.

    The first tip off was ""To paraphrase a great philosopher, the question is not 'Can Zerg reason?' nor 'Can they talk?' but 'Can they suffer when attacked with a Perdition flamethrower?". I find it hard to believe anyone could interpret this as very serious in nature. Calling Zerglings cute was another good clue.