Don’t You Dare Harpoon That Whale In AC IV
Life must be tough right now for the people over at PETA since BP hasn’t caused an oil spill in awhile. In fact it’s so bad that they’re launching a war on virtual enemies of the environment. The animal rights group has lashed out at Ubisoft and its depiction of whaling during the the 18th Century in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
“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,” reads a statement provided to VentureBeat.
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“PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals – not games that promote hurting and killing them.”
PETA has done this before by attacking games such as CoD: World at War (for attack dogs?), Super Meat Boy, Mario (They aren’t even real turtles) and Cooking Mama. Okay maybe that last one is justified. Not really.
Ubisoft swiftly issued a reply to PETA’s outburst.
“History is our playground in Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the Golden Era of Pirates. We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over the legal limit drunken debauchery.”
Of course Ubisoft doesn’t support many of the things that happen in their games. It says so in the loading screen of every AC title. This game is made by a multicultural team of something, something…blah blah. We’ve been seeing it since the first game.
I frankly don’t see what there is to be irate about, whaling was very lucrative during this period and it would be silly not to include it in a game that will likely feature some hunting, lots of game time at sea and a currency system. I’d be more worried about the sadistic pigeons frequenting Cape Town who seem to have a taste for chicken. That’s just downright wrong.