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Submitted by BrashGames 1020d ago | opinion piece

Why Does the Gaming Industry Hate Animals‏

If there is one thing I will take from the last year in gaming, it’s that the industry hates wildlife – absolutely despises it. If you happen to live anywhere near a major developer, all I can say is this; keep your dog indoors…..especially if you live anywhere near any of those lunatics over at Ubisoft. (Far Cry 3, PS3, Tomb Raider, Xbox 360)

ApolloTheBoss  +   1020d ago
Counter Question: Why does the media hate everything a gamer does?
zeee  +   1020d ago
I like Eggs! Oh, I must hate chickens!
minimur12  +   1020d ago
lol, mankind hasn't been hunting animals for the past millions of years.
buddymagoo  +   1020d ago
Not just video games, comics hate animals too!

Batman recently punched a horse! For shame.

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Mounce  +   1020d ago
@buddymagoo WATCH OUT! If PETA found out that image existed, they would scream abuse! ABUSE! Repeatedly until our ears bleed!
SilentNegotiator  +   1020d ago
....what about the billions of virtual people that we kill annually in video games?

OH but the animals!!!
KyRo  +   1020d ago
I miss the days when we used to play as animals. Everything these days is a man with a gun trying to kill another man with a gun. Where's the Croc's, Gex's, Okami's, Super Frogs and Zool's gone?

Anyone remember the PS1 game Spider? I've only just realised how one dimentional gaming has become since typing this :/
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ThichQuangDuck  +   1020d ago
Ha really why does society hate animals? I don't even believe that to be true,but the game is made from people from society so to abstract it and blame games makes no sense. I am a real life vegetarian,but will kill animals in games especially dogs in stealth games and yell at their death. That is what makes games fun they are simulations not reality.
-Gespenst-  +   1020d ago
Why though? Why do you need that simulation? What about it intices you so much? Maybe it's fun, but that's a twisted illusion. Violence and animal cruelty shouldn't be represented as something fun. Representation is how mass culture and belief are formed, and it's always illusory and exploitative.

Everyone here has this naive view that they're games are free from politics and society. They desperately want to be relieved of responsibility because they're lazy, not because they have any moral fibre. You can't escape how intimately all things (including games) are connected to culture, politics, and society. Stop running from it, stop being so damn lazy. Everything I'm reading here are like views from the nineteenth century- completely clueless.
Reverent  +   1020d ago
@-Gespenst-, for the same reason we love to brutally murder other human beings in video games. For the same reason we go out of our way to download mods for Skyrim that let us bathe in the blood of children...

It's because it's not real. We can do whatever the hell we want in a video game, and still retain our sanity.

Sure, there is a limit to this... but for the most part, it's all in good fun. Nobody here would actually kill someone, or hell, even physically harm someone intentionally just for the fun of it. Don't act like any of us are psychopaths.
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ThichQuangDuck  +   1020d ago

Ha nothing is necessary nothing is permitted. I will be a game designer. I cherish every life experience because it is something I can deliver to a player. If I were to say yo let me make all my games vegetarian focus because I am a vegetarian that would be dumb as fuck. I used to eat meat with the rest of them. Make simulations of things people cant experience to abstract them from the reality they are trapped in. As I think of it when people say why game design. When this world crumbles and you want some place to escape to or explore because our world itself seems like a matrix of bullshit I am there was the key to another dimension you just have to turn your key and form the head
Trunkz Jr  +   1020d ago
While you debate this I'll be gutting my cow for dinner in DayZ. No Animals were harmed in the making of the game, so why complain.
vork77  +   1020d ago
counter question why is peta not going after games like this and stop going after games like pokemon and halo
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RustedMan  +   1020d ago
it is funny though. The last game I can think of that actually treated animals in a somewhat decent manner would be Fable 2.
Moncole  +   1020d ago
Why does the gaming industry hate men? We always have to kill men in action games.
Hufandpuf  +   1020d ago
IF games reflect life, when aren't men killing each other?
ddurand1  +   1020d ago
its scary that this article is serious.
Axonometri  +   1020d ago
We know who would be first to starve to death now. Some people clearly have no idea what it would be like to survive without out modern industry.
reef1017  +   1020d ago
PETA is that you?
Brucis  +   1020d ago
I hope this is satire. I really do.
Bathyj  +   1020d ago
I love all animals, but beef is my favourite.
-Gespenst-  +   1020d ago
Such a hypocrite. The only reason you eat meat is because you're isolated from the meat production process. Meat profits by hiding this information from us- it makes it easier for us to detach the meat from it's source when it's packaged like any other product and sold in parts. You're wilfully turning a blind eye for the sake of gratification.
Brucis  +   1020d ago
No, I'm pretty sure the reason the reason he, and most other people including me, eat meat is because it's delicious and good for you. There's nothing hypocritical about liking animals and also liking meat. I don't have a raging hate-boner for animals just because I enjoy steak or eggs.

Besides, he was making a joke.
Reverent  +   1020d ago
Seriously.. I completely understand and respect your views, but you can't call someone a hypocrite for loving meat and animals at the same time. It's simply human nature to hunt and eat, like ANY other animal.

And as a hunter myself, I've skinned, gutted, and bloodied my hands on plenty of deer, and I still LOVE venison. The process of making food out of an animal that, in my view, God supplied us with for that purpose, does not make it any less appetizing to eat.

Also, I have a pet cat, a pet dog, and a pet fox. I love all three of them. They are my family. Tell me how that makes me a hypocrite.
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-Gespenst-  +   1020d ago
Of course "we're animals too", but the fact of the matter is that we have brains, and we can conceive of many different ways of doing things. Our "nature" is malleable. We're not hardwired like animals.

If you own a pet and eat meat, it's still fundamentally hypocritical. All that's going on there is a selective blindness- an arbitrary delineation between what you keep as a pet and what you eat. When you eat an animal, you deliberately turn off the part of you that cares about animals- this is helped by the fodd industry, who frame animals as products and commodities. This all works to build up a huge self-deception all for the sake of gratification. Then, when you've finished your meal, you turn your affection back on.

I'm sorry to say it, but if you eat meat just because it "tastes good", you're being wilfully blind for the sake of your own gratification and greed. A beautiful animal with a beating heart who was previously free had to be processed and grinded up coldy and callously by a heartless machine. It's not much less sinister that we surreptitiously inject an animal with a death serum to kill it nowadays. You're still stealing it's life to consume it, albeit in a way that "appears" to be "humane".

You don't need meat to survive. With eggs, nuts, leafy vegetables and so on, you can get everything meat gives you without the high saturated fat, and high salt content. Not to mention that you continually grow to preserve the habitats of insects and other fauna while subsisting yourself. You're slaves to an inherited imperial, exploitative, capitalist ethos. You think you're making decisions, but the market and advertisement makes all your choices for you. Try to see beyond these ambient cultural things, because they're totally toxic.
BlackTar187  +   1020d ago

Please stop you are sounding more and more like a bad late night infomercial. Are you saying that it is not in human nature to hunt and eat meat?

If you are saying that please stop leave and go home you're drunk. I also recommend you watch the video that was recommend to you below it is eye opening and every meat hater should watch it.

Must be nice to live in this glass kingdom huh? where you put down everyone and pretend to be the pillar of logic and virtue. Vegetarians like other groups of people love to point at themselves and proclaim themselves to be correct. When in reality a little research will show you that your way is not the right way its just another way. + there is alot of health issues with 100% meatless diet fyi maybe do some more selective book reading.
SilentNegotiator  +   1020d ago
Actually, it's convenience. I don't have room for cows in my backyard.

"If you own a pet and eat meat, it's still fundamentally hypocritical"
Not true. I wouldn't eat a dog because they are intelligent and intimate. I WOULD eat a cow because they are not.

"this is helped by the fodd industry, who frame animals as products and commodities"
That has been the case for thousands of years. The "fodd" industry didn't invent the idea.
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violents  +   1020d ago
What is it about being a vegitarian that gives you the right to tell others how to live thier lives, we are animals, we are omnivores, we eat meat and plants, if you chose to eat only plants fine but dont preach at others because they choose to eat meat.

Besides the fact you claim to eat eggs in you comment, so its ok to eat the unborn embryo of an animal but not the animal itself, and yur calling these guys hypocrites?

Do you object to leather clothing or shoes, perhaps jello(real gelatin is ground up animal bones) or are your nikes ok when its in the name of fashion?
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GanjaMan  +   1020d ago
thats why your probably another typical fat American who dies before he turns 60. We weren't suppose to eat meat, we weren't designed to eat it and we certainty havnt evolved enough to eat it and thats why we still have a appendix even though its not used as much in the western world as our food usually consists of meat and junk food instead of vegetables and healthy foods. Being vegetation is better for the environment and it has a lot health benefits as well. In fact studies show vegetarians and vegans out live meat eaters and dont get as many health disabilies/diseases. Seriously turning vege will change your life just try it and your body will love it, try eating lentils, kidney beans an salads for your protein as they have more protein and way more beneficial vitamins and minerals for your body than meat.
47  +   1020d ago
LOL, is this comment serious? I mean it cant be. We didnt evolve to eat meat? This chuckle head HAS to be joking. For the sake of humanity, PLEASE tell me you are joking!? I really wish i could drop some of you morons back at the start of humanity. I would LOVE to watch you argue with early humans how eating that mammoth or buffalo is bad for you. Jeezus some of you are fucking stupid.
Bathyj  +   1020d ago
Ha. You vegetarians seem really uptight. I wonder if thats a side effect from health problems stemming from your iron deficiency.

For starters I dont only eat meat because I'm separated from the process. In fact I think anyone not willing to prepare their own meat for food doesnt really deserve the privileged of eating it.

Second, just because youre fortunate enough to live in a society that has evolved enough where you have the luxury to choose whether you eat meat or not, and the convenience of just buying vegetables if you wish and not growing them yourselves, does not give you the right to make other peoples choices for them.

Yes you can live on nuts and lettuce and vitamin supplements if you want, you have that choice and that luxury as I said. But if it was Lord of the Flies here and a pig walked past, if there was no cabbage growing nearby, no supermarket and you didnt know where your next meal was coming from, youd be eating pork. Guaranteed.

And we ARE supposed to eat meat. We have sharp teeth to do this. We have eyes in the front of our heads like other predators. We are just animals ourselves and other animals eat animals as well. Dont blame me, blame nature. Just because humans have developed a conscience and have the ability to feel sorry for things they find cute, that doesnt suppress instinct, and eating meat is an instinct. Not eating meat is a decision.

I'm not a hypocrite. I know who I am and I dont pretend. If your a vegetarian however and you do it for animal rights, but youre not a strict vegan, well youre just a poser and youre the hypocrite. How many eggs have you eaten exactly?

Bottomline is, I dont care what you do, as long as youre not trying to make me do it also. Some animals eat meat, and some dont, its called a food-chain. Youre lucky you have the ability afforded to you to make your own choice.

Now if you'll excuse me I've been typing for a while and my Prime Rib needs to be turned.
specialguest  +   1020d ago
I guess the article prefers that we beat up a random city trashcan to magically reveal a nice delicious baked whole chicken to regenerate our health.
THC CELL  +   1020d ago
Tokyo jungle.
Fergusonxplainsall  +   1020d ago
I eat hamburger mixed with my scrambled eggs. That's because i'm a man and choose what i eat and will never fear anything to become a vegan loving anorexic schizophrenic.

Why worry about dumb animal brutality when we got people on experimental medication eating each other.
kB0  +   1020d ago
I love animals they taste delicious!
coolmast3r  +   1020d ago dawgs! yummy! =P
ShadowKingpin  +   1020d ago
Counter Question: Why does this article present such an unintelligent question?

You honestly feel that the game industry enjoys killing animals for the hell of it? In some of the games you mentioned, your character has to use their pelts (Obtained from animals) for survival, whether for clothes or for food. This article is written from the keyboard of a PETA crybaby who thinks the gaming industry conspired against animals last year. Get real.
dennett316  +   1020d ago
Hear hear, this article is stupid on an almost unheard of level.
vikingland1  +   1020d ago
mmmm meat good uh uh.
Hydralysk  +   1020d ago
If gaming hates animals because we've been trained to massacre large amounts of them, then gaming must REALLY hate people since most of the real life creature I kill in video games are human.
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dennett316  +   1020d ago
Right now, zombies are getting it the most. Where's the love for the undead?
PETZ, People for the Ethical Treatment of Zombies. Let's hear the outrage for all the zombies getting finished off around the gaming world...I'll organise a protest, dig up a corpse and join me in the Dead Pride Parade!!!
coolmast3r  +   1020d ago
Mogwai  +   1020d ago
red meat isnt all that great for you but americans gorge themselves on it to a ridiculous degree. killing animals in games and thinking its cool is bloody lame and says alot about the intellect of the person doing it, humans on the other hand are portrayed as bad guys in games so we feel ok about shooting them, as soon as i have to kill an "innocent" i kinda feel a bit repulsed.
Salooh  +   1020d ago
That's unfair. I love cats :( ..

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