PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

May 13, 2009 -

Animal rights group PETA, which long ago mastered the art of using video game criticism to garner publicity for its cause, is at it again.

Kotaku reports today that PETA has targeted an upcoming 2K series based on the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. A new campaign urges PETA supporters to petition publisher Take-Two to cancel planned circus games for the DS and Wii.

We've told Take-Two about Ringling Bros.' real-life, lengthy history of animal abuse and neglect and shown it undercover video footage of a standard industry training session, in which animal handlers used electric prods and bullhooks to gouge elephants in the most sensitive parts of their bodies.

Even though it knows that circuses are no fun for animals, Take-Two is still moving forward with its plan to create a Ringling Bros. Wii game. Please send a message to Take-Two CEO Ben Feder urging him to sever ties with Ringling Bros. Let him know that you'd rather play a game featuring a circus that does not beat animals for "entertainment."

In a follow-up report, Kotaku offers comment from Take-Two exec Alan Lewis:

As a matter of company policy, we don't comment on the business affairs of our licensors. We fully stand behind all of our products.

A Ringling Bros. spokesman contested PETA's allegations of animal abuse.


Comments

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

Yes, those poor animals in games that never once, had a heart beat in the real world.  Yes, those poor animals that will wimper, whine and such, as programmed by their coders.

Why isnt PETA, going after the World of Warcraft?  How many animals did I have to kill to complete the cooking daily?  Nine.  For just two peices of chilled meat! 

 

This is just another example of the organization trying to remain relevant to the political spectrum of US politics.  Kinda of like Republicans these days...

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

I think their point probably is to bring attention onto the real world cruelty that happens.  Criticizing a game gets that point across nicely, even if the criticism seems kinda wacked.  Personally, I reckon that if it works, what can be the harm?  After all, it's not as if PETA is ever going to stop the publication of a game.

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

Actually, they've already tried a "Save the Seals" event in World of Warcraft. GP Article here:

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2009/04/08/peta-plans-save-seals-event-world-warcraft

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Game on, brothers and sisters.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither." -- Ben Franklin Game on, brothers and sisters.

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

I have to slaughter 20 bears or wolves just to get enough leather to tan, just to tailor a better piece of Medium armor on Lord of the Rings Online. I'm surprised they haven't turned their attention to Turbine.

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

Eating grass makes people frustrated.

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

More and more i think about it, there just giving this game publicity. I actually did'nt know about this game till now because of Peta.
---- Rumblerumblerumber

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

Take-Two to PETA: "You know that we make games in which people are shot, stabbed, and brutalized with plastic shopping bags right?  Do you think we give half a shit if Dumbo takes a few thousand volts in the ass?"

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

PETA: *shrugs* oh that's ok, we don't give a **** about humans. Just don't shoot the attack dogs.

Re: PETA Snarls at Upcoming 2K Circus Games

What about werewolves?  Where does PETA stand on the half-man, half-animal issue?  For that matter, how much damage is Wolverine allowed to take before it becomes offensive?  And should Taurens in WoW be afforded special protections?  (I mean, further than being allowed to class as Shamans.)

Quite frankly I'm sick of PETA only focusing on the absolutes at the expense of part-animal hybrids.  It's hybrid hypocricy!

---
The Mammon Philosophy

---
Fangamer
 
Forgot your password?
Username :
Password :

Poll

Did Microsoft pay too much ($2.5 billion) for Minecraft developer Mojang?:

Shout box

You're not permitted to post shouts.
Michael ChandraI forget what it is exactly, but there already is another hashtag that some use, exactly to separate themselves from the abusive behaviour. So don't bother lying to me.09/19/2014 - 7:06am
quiknkold2 to 3 or more09/19/2014 - 6:53am
quiknkoldMichael Chandra : I'll say this. The only reason they havent used another hashtag is because it would look like a form of dividing the arguement. Using another Hashtag has come up, and they feel like if they made a new hashtag, it'll split the debate from09/19/2014 - 6:53am
Michael ChandraYou want a debate? Build a wall between you and the poisoned well. Make clear you despise it, despise the behaviour. Then get into the other issues you are troubled with, and don't say a single word again about the poisoned well.09/19/2014 - 3:46am
Michael ChandraAnd someone claiming #notyourshield was to be taken serious, when chatlogs show they wanted it going to hide even more harassment behind? Yeah, not buying a word you're saying. You poisoned your own well.09/19/2014 - 3:45am
Michael Chandraallegedly fired over giving a game a mediocre review and the company threatened to pull ads? Sorry but I ain't buying this.09/19/2014 - 3:45am
Michael ChandraBut people arguing this is horrible and just about ethics, even though there's very little support that journalistic integrity was actually violated here, while they never spoke up when a journalist was09/19/2014 - 3:43am
Michael ChandraIf people start with condemning the way GamersGate was used as a misdirection, then use a better hashtag, that would work in convincing me they mean it.09/19/2014 - 3:43am
Andrew EisenOoo, this one came down to the wire! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/749082525/nefarious09/19/2014 - 1:03am
Andrew EisenI don't doubt that many are truly interested in journalistic integrity. The problem I'm often seeing is they seem to have no idea how or where to talk about it.09/18/2014 - 11:46pm
Andrew EisenDidn't word that well. Busy at work. I've seen people claim that GamerGate is solely about ethics and transparency in games journalism and then go on to show that what they're really after is silencing those who talk about gender issues in games.09/18/2014 - 11:45pm
Kronodebate. Becaus apparently people who only post on Reddit are supposed to police twitter before they're allowed to question anything about the people involved.09/18/2014 - 10:40pm
KronoI highly doubt many, if any are using journalistic integrity as a cover for harassment. The people harassing are essentially trolls. They aren't interested in subtle. More often it's othe other way around. People use "but X is being harassed" to shut down09/18/2014 - 10:38pm
Andrew EisenAnd exacerbating everything is the fact that all the cries of ethics violations have been obnoxious and easily proven false.09/18/2014 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenProblem is, I would imagine, the sheer number of people who are using journalistic integrity as a cover for their harassing actions or only bringing it up on the false pretense of journalistic integrity.09/18/2014 - 8:47pm
Andrew EisenHaving said that, I can certainly see how one would be frustrated if they truly just wanted to talk about journalistic integrity and someone said they were one of the people harassing Sarkeesian, Quinn and others (though I've seen no examples of that).09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoThat's been the common refrain, that talk of journalism ethics is just an excuse to harass people.09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoLines like "like a partial compromise with the howling trolls who’ve latched onto ‘ethics’ as the latest flag in their onslaught against evolution and inclusion." are taring everyone questioning the ethics as a harasser.09/18/2014 - 8:43pm
Andrew EisenKrono - Except, none of the articles were talking about gamers complaining about journalist ethics, let alone called them white male misogynists. They were talking about the gamers who were harassing others.09/18/2014 - 8:36pm
Kronomakes plenty of sense. It's rather hard to dismiss someone as a white guy running a sock puppet when they've posted proof they're a woman, or black, or another minority.09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
 

Be Heard - Contact Your Politician