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

Hmm...nice plan, PETA, but it still doesn't change the common consensus that you're still a bunch of psychotic loonies.

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If PETA love games so much, then why don't they make their own IP instead of unscrupulously ripping off existing titles like Cooking Mama? Seems to me like they've got the budget for it.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

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

Oh, thats just ****ing great, which game is likely to get attacked next?  Though these kinda things just make for good pointing and laughing at PETA.

Bet Legend of Zelda is next since Link rides a horse and those morons at PETA hate that.

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Turok?

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Yeah, thats true, assulting animals that have been extinct for millions and millions of years is bad!  /fake PETA rant.

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In my humble opinion from what I have seen on TV, and there own website, hell watch Penn and Tellers Bull@#$% they did a segment on PETA. There just human haters who have the mindset that dogs and animals are superior then us. Honestly if they have there way they would ruin the lives of not only the meat eaters but the gaming community, they will probably outlaw us for killing Boars in world of warcraft. No joke.
---- Rumblerumblerumber

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honestly, these games pose more fun than any educational load of bullox i could imagine :)

gets kids ready for stuffin them turkeys! rip off them feathers and cut'er up! woo hoo! bloody mess ahoy!

PETA fights a battle that was lost some billions of years ago, theres no way in hell we're going to stop eating meat, let alone having pets or anything else, its the basic nature of life.

its like literally trying to get an carniverious animal to stop eating meat... it won't happen without killing the thing first.

ever seen a cat on an all veggie diet? even a house cat would become ill from that, and i've seen plenty of cases during my time at the Humane society to prove it. (literally, we had someone bring a cat in mal nurished because the owner tried to feed it only things like beans, corn and rice, the owner being a vegan. the poor thing was nearly dead, and almost didn't live as it was!) many mal nurished pets come into places like that because of that reasoning, dogs and cats NEED meat, veggies ain't actually good for them, and those "all veggie" diet foods they make for pets may be all veggie, but they have additives FROM meat sources to complete the round and make the food digestible by the animal.

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"We want everyone, including Majesco, to offer more cruelty-free, vegetarian options..."

Who the **** are these people to tell me what I can or cannot eat? Who the hell are these people to tell Mejesco what recipies to put in their game?

We're not attacking Majesco, we're attacking the meat industry.. but Majesco could be more friendly by making them all vegetarian options. Smells like bull to me. They are attacking Majesco, just like they are attacking the meat industry.

I like my steak. I like my chicken. I like my turkey. PETA, I choose what to eat, and you choose what you want to eat.
--- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

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

PETA I would call it, extreme Christian group who hates meat. other than that, I just find their tactics of making their political messages all the more disturbing the way how they try to say that keeping pets are wrong.
TBoneTony

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God I hate PETA.

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What is it PETA has in their shrunken brains that makes them believe they have any say or must for some benefit to anyone be consulted and their approval won as to how the rest of the world lives their lives? What makes them think their opinion matters to anyone? Do we not hurt their dismissal to irrelevancy by dignifying their toddler-esque antics with a response?

 

Now, they claim, they have resorted to vandalizing intellectual property - video games - to push their message, with promise to do so repeatedly. Naturally they believe their antics are covered under parody laws, but with Cooking Mama Kills Animals, however, they've crossed the line with all four feet. Cooking Mama Kills Animals is a demo-sized fully-functional derivative work of the franchise using almost exactly identical artwork, art style, and gameplay retaining fully the core ‘spirit’ of the game and could easily be passed off to uninformed audiences as a legitimate extension of the franchise. I think instead of a ‘goveg’ version of the game, Majesco should build a case to sue the adulterated swine.

 

Honestly, if they’ve taken things this far, why not make a full commercial product? An all-veg cooking game that, for a change, actually teaches the inexperienced how to cook? If they could stay the pathetically desperate need for constant self-promotion, never mentioning how much money PETA needs or the ‘evils’ of the omnivorous diet, why not a fully functional game that teaches players from start to finish a few dozen all-veg recipes? Ingredient selection, cutting methods, cooking temperatures, times, timing for multiple dishes, suggested presentation, serving sizes … Again, never mention the underlying agenda. Instead, you have a fan base to a game that knows in precise detail how to cook a few dozen vegetable recipes when they might otherwise know only how to make reservations.

 

This of course suggests that PETA is capable of creating something beyond the motive of self promotion. These are not captains of debate, PETA, but instead a drift of squealing swine who are masters of the shouting match, and as such the collaborative effort needed to make a viable commercial product to discretely spread their message is simply beyond the group’s modus operandi. They are nothing short of a fanatical domestic terrorist group apparently willing to commit near-treasonous acts of vandalism and potentially life-threatening property damage to push their ends.

 

They cannot reconcile the hypocrisy of meat-eating animals in the wild with their main message and thus they prove to be utterly meaningless and I would prefer no tax dollars go to them nor any tax exemption be granted.

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Honestly I think they where aiming this game for the children. Why use Cooking Mama? Cooking Mama is a kids game, get more brain washed kids by putting out games like that. But yes lets make a game about PETA, would be cool.
---- Rumblerumblerumber

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I am 100% with

Up until now, PETA have just flat out irritated me with their platent hypocrisy and dirty dealings.

But now I am pretty much inspired to make my own game entailing everything these fuckers have done, and make amusing minigames out of them all. You could play the chairwoman of PETA, who looks like an anorexic jackal.

"Slaughter 99% of the animals in less than 1 minute!"

"Get to the hospital to have your operation which makes use of animal viens!"

"Pay the firebomber without being noticed by the cops!"

"Firebomb Ben and Jerry's for not using breast milk in their ice cream!"

"Destroy all all the doghouses in the neighborhood!"

There will also be a level where you travel back in time to piss on all the jews in internement camps.

 

PETA. You have no idea what you have just done to yourselves

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

"Kill animals and bring them to factories for producing the Insulin you need for staying alive and protecting animals!"

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

 Another group acts like a bunch of retards.

 

Who cares anymore? There's no group that stands for anything on this planet that isn't populated by retards.

 

Same with Gamers, they're dumb as shit. I spend my time defending our cause but I sure as shit don't do it for the other 'gamers'. Spend 5 seconds looking at any forum or shoutbox full of them (Hey, even here, on a site about Politics, which as a rule tends to attract more "mature" people as opposed to screaming kiddies) and you'll see it. Stupidity.

God I hate people. Whether they're religious extremists, supports of ethical treatment for animals by buying stray animals and then slaughtering them and putting them in garbage disposals, or gamers, they're just annoying and stupid.
 

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So do I count as people? =)

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

Our game isn't an attack on the videogame industry. It's an attack on the meat industry.

So, you're attacking my favorite food industry, not my favorite entertainment industry, but it still feels like you're attacking both?  Wow, that'll make me care about what you have to say.  I propose a new custom.  Every time Peta makes a stupid statement, we go out for KFC.  Wait...  That would mean I'd have to eat thrice my weight in KFC just for this post alone...

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

Hey I just thought of a way to have fun with Peta. Every time we hear Peta's name or see them on this site we take a shot of animal blood or down two chicken nuggets

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

Can we go with a liter instead of a shot? Reading about PETA's dogmatic garbage is thirsty work...

"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

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

Ok, I made it a shot because I thought people might not like the taste.

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

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

PETA also uses porn as an attention-getter and one of their sub-sites, furisdead.com, has a lineup of "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" ads.

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

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

To quote Bill Bailey "Actually, Id rather wear fur than go naked, but I have a bunch of polyester and synthetic clothing so I dont have to make that decision, but I guess that doesn't fit the poster campaign."

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

I once postulated that there are two types of people in the world, those you can attract with free porn and those you can attract with free ice cream. Peta is against ice cream so look what they're doing.

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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

haha, win

岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

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

Well, ATLEAST they figured out that gaming isn't just for kids... Unlike a bunch of other people aiming to stir up problems and blow them out of proportion in this industry...

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

Shit, they base their success on people playing the games. I am sure Im not the only person that played it to see what its like and just out of plain boredom. They are sinking money into a sinking ship if they are judging success by plays

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Just FYI: a marksman trains his 'sights' on a target, not his sites.

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PETA can keeping on making these games for all I care.  I'm gonna keep eating meat.  I don't know what makes them think acting the way they do promotes "awarness" of the issues.  I guess the lack of B12 really does shrink your brain.

Oh, and they think my dog is worthless?  F them.  They don't know WTF they're talking about when it comes to domesticated pets.  I've said it once, in greater detail, but I'll say it again; the majority of dogs would die in the wilderness due to basic physical limitations, not because their instincts have been "domesticated" out of them.

Killing animals for food is cruel, is it?  Even when the cow in question is free ranged, treated well throughout her life, and is given a quick, clean kill?  We're unatural monsters for doing that?

How natural predators kill their prey:

-Wolves tear up the hindquarters/legs of their prey, they suffocate them to death.

-Snakes inject venom (or is it poison?  I get the two mixed up sometimes.) into their prey that basically causes the heart to seize up, after the animal suffers a few minutes of agonizing pain of course.  Oh, and some snakes digest their prey while it's still alive.

-Spiders inject venom (poison?  Damn it, too lazy to look it up.) that turns the prey's insides into liquid sh*t and then drinks it up.

-Some species of shrimp beat the everliving crap out of it's prey before eating it.  Seriously.  They have a giant right claw ment to stun fish.

-Squid shoot hooks, f*cking hooks!, into their prey.

-Gators wait for their prey in the water, then snap their jaws onto it (with extreme force) and then drown the animal.

Hey PETA, watch National Geographic or Animal Planet or Discovery and then come back to be and try to argue that we're horrible, unatural killers for eating meat.  By your current definition, a large portion of the animal kingdom are a bunch of monsters.  Nature isn't sunshine, rainbows, and wildflowers.  It's a cold, heartless Lovecraft-esque creature that will send a bear to disembowl you and eat you, followed by scavengers that will pick off your remains while flies lay eggs in your rotting insides which will then be eaten by maggots.

 

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

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

Spiders and snakes use Venom, as do jellyfish. (Anyone stung by a jellyfish will tell you it is the most excruiating agony in their lives).

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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

I'm pretty sure it's venom for both snakes and spiders, not poison.

-Gray17

-Gray17

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

It is.  Typically, venom is injected through fangs or stingers.  Poisons are eaten/drank or absorbed through the skin.  So its a venomous snake, but a poisonous plant.

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"Oh, and they think my dog is worthless?  Fuck them.  They don't know WTF they're talking about when it comes to domesticated pets."

Fixed it for you. 

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

If they made a game to slaughter PETA members, you know it'd make bank.

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

Make it like Dead Rising at a PETA rally!

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

You just made me imagine a cheesey zombie movie with PETA.

What do they want?

Tofu.

Tofu?

No they want to make us eat tofu and vegan crap for the rest of our lives

Those monsters.

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

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tofu=yuck

 - Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

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

I like the crazy people.  It helps me feel sane.  Thanks PETA for all you do

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

Perhaps they should ask themselves WHY people are turned off by PETA's direct appeals.

Here's a hint, PETA: It's because you tend to come off as raving lunatics.

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

Make sure nobody tells them about how many animals we slaughter in World of Warcraft.  They might just make the next big MMO!

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Forget about animals.  From this moment on, I shall head the group PETT, People for the Ethical Treatment of Trolls.  For too long we have done nothing but promoted the genocide of these peaceful creatures.  Nature did not intend for us to kill these wonderous specimens, much less use their Mojo or body parts for our own uses.  We must take a stand!  We must stop this genocide!

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You know what? I don't give a [insert favorite four letter word here] about what PeTA does, becuase I know about 99.9% of the time I will be against it. They don't even follow their own guidelines. They kill more than they save. Know what? I like veggie burgers. I really do. They havent replaced actual hamburgers. I would like to make more of them. They make a nice quick breakfast. It takes too much time to cook hamburger before I have to go to school. They bribed to have towns change their names, and several PeTa employees changed their names to various PeTA websites. Yeah, someone changed their name to 'goveg.com' Effing insane, the lot of them 

PeTA is a joke. They can go to hell for all I care.

 - Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

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

While i agree with your argument, i'd simplify it by saying they're just out of touch.

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

:P Very out of touch.

 - Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility. So, be responsible consumers.

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

I just had an epiphany of greatness.

What would PETA think of a fantasy movie in which a minotaur was slaughtering a satyr in war? Would they be offended at the human half slaughtering the goat half? What if the minotaur cut off the Satyrs legs? Would they rejoice in the liberation of this majestic goat creature from it's human counterpart? I MUST know this...

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

They're mythological creatures, I honestly don't think PETA would care about it. I haven't seen them complain about it.

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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

it would be the first time someone didn't complain about a movie like that. We had people protesting every mythological movie in town because it was "devoid of christianity" and blah blah blah.

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

Why do they expect every movie to contain Christian elements? If people wanted to learn about Christianity they'd go to church or open a Bible. My local church does not teach 'the Gospel according to John Mcclane' so it looks like I'll keep going to the movies.

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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

Odd...seeing how a good number of fantasy novels, and the movies that are based off of them, were written by christians.  Pivital books in the fatasy genre, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, etc, were written by devout christians.  Does it really matter if a minotaur is in a movie killing people when Aslan is obviously Jesus?

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

... are you high?

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

What's a wookie?

It's WOOKIEE, you scruffy nerfherder.

I'm sorry, but that's one of my pet peeves.

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