Animal rights orgnaisation PETA is no stranger to using video games to further its cause — it infamously attacked Mario for wearing a Tanooki suit, but later admitted that it was just a joke. Now, the group has its sights set on Ubisoft's recently-annoinced Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag for "glorifying" the killing of whales.
Here's PETA's statement:
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.
Ubisoft's title is clearly aiming for historical accuracy, and the fact of the matter is that whaling was commonplace in the period in which Black Flag is set. But does the fact that it features in the game mean that the company is somehow condoning it? Leave a comment to let us know what you think.