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PETA Condemns Assassin’s Creed 4’s Whaling as “Disgraceful”

Update: A Ubisoft spokesperson provided IGN with the following statement in response:

“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.”


Animal rights group PETA has hit out at the supposed depiction of whaling in Ubisoft’s recently-announced 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.

“PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals – not games that promote hurting and killing them.”


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  • ves

    Great I’ll be sure to buy this for my niece’s birthday … it’s fun playing this with her!
    PETA is Dumber and Dumber by the day … some of their missing IQ bunch went out and attacked boats and then whined when they attacked back!

  • Ed Scott

    P.E.T.A. — People Eating Tasty Animals.

    • Walter McGee

      P.E.T.A– People for the Eating & Tanning of Animals.

  • Brian

    I was in the top 1% in several categories in Assassins Creed 3. I killed THOUSANDS of animals in that game. It isn’t real you dweebs at PETA, so stick a fork in it. By the way, I’m having a steak tonight.

  • Randall L Odegaard

    peta has outdone it’s idiotic self by now going after console games that allegedly glorify killing animals. These people have too much time on their hands when they start going after video game companies now. I always felt peta was the most ridiculous organization ever started and every time they come out and condemn something else about hurting animals especially when they start bleating about defending animals in court, it’s just remarkable that these people are actually taken seriously sometimes These idiots are at the very least some comic relief if they weren’t so serious about what they do. Don’t get me wrong there are some things they do that are acceptable but come on, seriously, taking on video game companies??? They’re almost as bad as liberal dumbcraps and anti-gun people.

  • TexasJester

    Hey PETA.. A short little message here..

    IT’S A VIDEO GAME !!!!


    People who play this aren’t likely to go out, buy a sailing vessel, and go a-whaling, just as those that play SOCOM first-person-shooter games aren’t likely to go and attack an enemy camp single-handedly, and those who play racing games aren’t likely to think they can race like that in real life – we KNOW that if we take a bullet or wreck a car, you DIE. We play these games to live out fantasies, be able to be the hero, and not hurt anyone or anything.

    I’m 50 years old, and love playing the street-racing games, as well as a few FPS games. I get to take out my frustrations dealing with traffic as a long-haul trucker in these games, and no one gets hurt.

    Yes, I know there are some idiots who think they can transfer their “skills” to real life – and try to, with disastrous results – but these folks need parental guidance far into adulthood. Blame the parents/guardians, not the games.


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