Today, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals decried the possible inclusion of whale hunting in the new Assassin's Creed game:
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, 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.
(They did not comment on Melville.)
Now, this isn't the first time PETA has protested cruelty or implied cruelty to animals in games. Last year they denounced the stuffing of Pokemon into Pokeballs, as well as Mario's furry Tanooki suit. But they've been far from comprehensive in their attempts to scrub violence against animals from the world of games.
Here are eleven beloved titles that encourage or outright require cruelty to animals. PETA: take notes.
1. The Oregon Trail (1981)
2. Duck Hunt (1984)
3. Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
4. Donkey Kong Country (1994)
5. Tomb Raider (1996)
6. Star Fox 64 (1997)
7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)
8. Tekken Tag Tournament (2000)
9. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004)
10. Fallout 3 (2008)
11. Red Dead Redemption (2010)
Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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