"PETA - Protecting the creatures both real and virtual"
An interesting topic I think within gaming is how much animals are involved. I'll present the main points from an article from this months '360' magazine interviewing a representative from the animal rights group 'PETA' discussing this. Let us all know what you think about it and feel free to move into other related areas. Hopefully we'll get some decent opinions and discussion.
360: Do you think videogames have the potential to desensitise gamers to cruelty to animals in real life?
360: What's your opinion about pet simulators such as Nintendogs and Tamigotchis? Do you think that they can prepare people for taking care of real pets?All forms of media have the potential to desensitise people to real-life cruelty to animals. Whether it's a videogame that shows a happy woman cooking an animal who suffered on a factory farm and died in a slaughterhouse, a television ad that features a chimpanzee 'actor' forced to perform acts that are unnatrual and confusing to him or her, or a film that features the 'it' dog breed of the moment but fails to address the horrific conditions at the puppy mill where he or she was born, all forms of media have the potential to desensitise or even to glorify cruelty to animals.
360: Does PETA approve of anthropomorphic animal characters such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Mickey Mouse etc? Are such representations of animals healthy for children?No. Pet simulators are not realistic. Adopting an animal is a lifetime commitment, and caring for an animal is a major responsibility. Nintendogs will prepare you to be an animal's caretaker as Call of Duty will prepare you to be a soldier.
Giving animals human characteristics contributes to public misconseptions about them. It may encourage people to buy animals as companions when they don't know what the animals are really like, and people may be unable ir unwilling to properly care for them. We see this happening after every Hollywood hit that features anthropomorphic animal characters. People run out and buy the type of animal featured in the film, and after a few months they realise, "Hey, my fish isn'y quite like Nemo", and then they discard the animal. We do appriciate that in the original Sonic the Hedgehog games, Sonic was always fighting to free animals.Why this thread has been madeI'm planning on choosing an article each month from a gaming magazine (it will probably be for the Xbox or PS3 because I don't have a Wii or PS3) which is relevant to all the platforms. I don't think there's much to debate and discuss about specific issues to games sometimes on this forum, so that's why I'll be doing this.
So into the nitty gritty of the article... I don't want to be bias when presenting it to you, so I'll just say it how it is until we begin to debate the issue.
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PETA - Protecting the creatures both real and virtual watch
- Thread Starter
- 10-10-2009 17:27
- 10-10-2009 17:31
I think PETa need to look at themselves, their desensitizing people to pure idiocy both online and in real world
No. Pet simulators are not realistic. Adopting an animal is a lifetime commitment, and caring for an animal is a major responsibility. Nintendogs will prepare you to be an animal's caretaker as Call of Duty will prepare you to be a soldier
- 10-10-2009 18:26
Some other stuff...
Whether it's a videogame that shows a happy woman cooking an animal who suffered on a factory farm and died in a slaughterhouse
a film that features the 'it' dog breed of the moment but fails to address the horrific conditions at the puppy mill where he or she was born
PETA annoy me. I can appreciate the cause they stand for and all that, but I don't approve of their methods of getting their message across, which often end up being little more than scaremongering.
- Thread Starter
(Original post by Dalimyr)
- 10-10-2009 18:40
I, uh, assume that PETA are on about this game which they actually created themselves?
We targeted Cooking Mama by making our own parody of the game, 'Cooking Mama The Unauthorized PETA Edition: Mama kills Animals'. While many of us at PETA love the Cooking Mama series, we wanted to let people know that as the world becomes more vegetarian-friendly, we think cooking games should too. We want everyone, including Majesco, to offer more cruelty-free, vegetarian options, whether in restaurants or in cooking games.Cooking Mama
I think that their intrusion is in short; annoying.
Personally, if I want to kill animals in a game or cook them it has absolutely no implications on whether or not I'd do it in real life... So PETA should stop intruding and let gamers enjoy what they can't do in real life.
- 10-10-2009 18:55
- 10-10-2009 19:00
PETA are retards. Anyone who gives PETA money is retarded. Anyone who thinks PETA respect animals is retarded.
Basically everything they say is wrong.
- 10-10-2009 19:02
The internet is much more to blame than video games, music (which was the last bandwagon) and action films (which is immune to bandwagons) for desensitizing us from gore and such.
However it's not to the extent where it changes us from 'normal' to 'psychopathic killer' or 'animal abuser'.
And I seriously doubt anybody bought Nintendogs to prepare them for owning a real dog.
Finally, if anyone thinks Sonic the Hedgehog or Crash Bandicoot are like or close to real hedgehogs and bandicoots, they are not human. Not even at 4 years old did anyone think that.