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Parent: Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm and PETA

  1. #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.