PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

November 24, 2008 -

What's next for PETA and video games?

Was Link somehow unkind to Epona?  Is it okay to shoot those killer attack dogs in Call of Duty: World at War? Does a Wookie count as an animal?

gamesindustry.biz reports what GamePolitics readers may have already surmised: Advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is finding that video game controversies are a terrific way to stir up publicity for their cause. An unnamed PETA spokesperson told gi.biz:

We use games to highlight the cruelty to animals because they appeal to people who are interested but may be turned off by more direct appeals... We first turned to videogames years ago in an effort to reach out to young guys, but as we dug deeper, we realised that the gaming audience was much bigger and more diverse than we had initially thought. Given the huge success that we've had with Super Chick Sisters and Mama Kills Animals, we will definitely be creating many, many more games.

We plan on continuing to use videogames as a way of engaging the public, both by continuing to create our own games and by engaging with gaming companies, as we did when we approached Sega with the request that it not use apes in its adverts. Gaming, both casual and hardcore, is on the rise, and we recognise that as a medium, gaming is as important as music, movies, and television.

We're not taking aim at Majesco specifically, or the Mama character. We only want to raise awareness that the world - be it real or virtual - is very meaty. We want everyone, including Majesco, to offer more cruelty-free, vegetarian options...

Our game isn't an attack on the videogame industry. It's an attack on the meat industry. We love games (that's why we've created so many), and we love the Cooking Mama series."

GP: Like many other advocacy groups, PETA is using games to deliver its message. What's fascinating, however, is that they have also trained their sites onto games.

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Gamers will spread the message, but i know they will not give a damn about it.

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

*FACEPALM*

Just getting it in early.

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

 

at not using a picard palm

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

I wonder if someone should tell PETA about how a strict vegetarian/vegan diet potentially leads to brain shrinkage.

It mostly has to do with the fact that it's linked to a deficiency in Vitamin B12, but that particular one is most abundant in meats, especially liver, fish, and milk.

Just google "brain shrinkage" with either "vegetarian" or "vegan" and see for yourself.

But, hey, how could hundreds of thousands of years of evolutionary development connected to diet possibly be right?

 

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Actually you can get that and other vitamins contained in animals by drinking hemp milk...

If one wanted to go completly vegetarian they could do it without health risks...

Why a person would do that is insane... after all, nothing tastes better than meat...

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

...Hemp...Milk...why do I suddenly picture PETA drinking the bong water?

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter


It would explain a lot....

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

PeTA Reply:
"But God made us out of thin air, and the number one scienticially supported theory of how we come to be is all hog wash because scientists are out to prove God doesn't exist at all.  So it can not be true."

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

If PETA wants to call themselves Christian then they have to concede that God wants us to eat meat.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=leviticus%2011&version=31

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Like any religious nut, I am sure they have an excuse.  I think for that it is that Jesus didn't have meat for the last supper, and that was suppose to signify that we are not suppose to eat meat.

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Jesus had Lamb for his Passover dinner.

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

And the bread and fish miracle was simply symbolic, no really that's their excuse.

Reminds me of something a satirist once said on youtube.

'Keep reading the bible, But remember if something sounds wrong or impossible or even evil don't worry it's probably just out of context.'

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Or it was mistranslated, which I will give them, but then homosexuality is okay, and evolution is real.

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

That's ok with them, PETA is not really religious although some would argue they do act like thier own religion.

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

I with you on this on.

 

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Dammit! I was gonna edit it into a PicardPalm but... Gaaaagh! *shakes fists in rage*

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It is okay, PeTA kills 80%-90% of the animals they adopt/receive every year.  One story included 2 kittens they killed who would have been adopted almost immediately in most pet shops...  I am wondering if this is because of the fact that PeTA is against having pets, and if they limit who is able to adopt from them since they believe that pets should be treated as equals.

I just want to share that information every time PeTA comes up anywhere now.  Just help PeTA's PR like crazy with it.

That is it, Dennis, I am making some PeTA flash games for you to post on here.

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

"That is it, Dennis, I am making some PeTA flash games for you to post on here."

I would play it.

 - Warren Lewis

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I will post in the shoutbox and in here as I finish them.  I cant tonight, but tomorrow I will at least get a basic one done.

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Could you also post them elsewhere, the shout box doesn't have archives.

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---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Sweet. I might check them out.

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Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

I actually find that to be more disrespectful of animals than killing them for food.

Why?

Simply because the act of killing them for no other end purpose but to kill them implies the animal put to death is inherently ultimately worthless and useless, whereas killing an animal for food implies a usefulness that can otherwise be considered a justifiable end to the means.

This is why I can say that I love cows more than PETA could ever claim.  They are tasty, especially when properly grilled, and they make a fine jacket and car seat.  What a wonderful creature the cow is!

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

They DO think that domesticated animals are worthless and expendable. Take a look at the quote I found earlier in one of their ethics books! Granted it was from the 1980's, but from appearances their ethics have not changed since.

 

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Can you link us to the quote perhaps?

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"What for you bury me in the cold cold ground?" - Tasmanian devil

---------------------------------------------------- Debates are like merry go rounds. Two people take their positions then they go through the same points over and over and over again. Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

I found the quote on a blog that was talking about PETA, which also cited the book. I haven't been able to find a way to see if it's truly in there without paying for it, but it certainly goes with their track record http://hellboundalleee.blogspot.com/2006/03/peta-and-pet-slavery.html

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Sometimes I think PETA members are the ones that should be neutered... or at least exiled to live in a small village in africa near some lions...

Re: PETA Using Video Game Themes as an Attention-Getter

Only sometimes?

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" - Benjamin Franklin

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Yummm...  I am hungry now...

I fully agree though.  Indians are deer, bear, and so on, but they also respected them as a food source and an animal

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