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Initial post: Mar 6, 2013 11:08:17 AM PST
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Ubisoft responds to PETA's anger over whaling in Assassin's Creed 4

Yesterday, the animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued disgusted comments over the fact that in Assassin's Creed 4 you'll have the ability to go hunting for whales. Today, Ubisoft's Stone Chin defends the game's depiction of this old practice.

In a statement to Polygon, Chin said:

"History is our playground in Assassin's Creed. Assassin's Creed 4: 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."

That's an amusing spin to put on it, but it's a logical one. Just because a thing is depicted in media does not mean it is being "glorified."

What do you folks think? Is including whaling going to far?

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:09:01 AM PST
Kin-foot says:
"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."

Awesome

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:09:32 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
Hopefully PETA never checks out Dishonored.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:09:38 AM PST
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Oskar2525 says:
I have been working on getting Moby Dick banned for years. Damn that whaling promoting Herman Melville!!

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:10:08 AM PST
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Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:10:14 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Stone Chin is a person's name?!

I already love this guy.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:10:14 AM PST
This.

Their response is pure awesome.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:10:20 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
Ubisoft's response is just full of win.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:12:37 AM PST
Soulshine says:
No Glass Jaws over there at Ubisoft.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:13:19 AM PST
JO MOMMA says:
hahahaha, poor hygiene

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:14:09 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
I hope he responded while eating a sandwich made with "Dolphin Dangerous" tuna.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:14:50 AM PST
God I love that book.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:18:43 AM PST
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Rockhardly says:
"Ubisoft's response is just full of win."

Yup - it's almost as if they put whaling in the game specifically to get PETA's reaction so they could make a public response and generate press about a game.

Almost.

That's ridiculous, of course - there HAD to be whaling in this game. When I think of assassins and pirates, the first thing that comes to mind is........whaling. I mean, look at how many times whaling has been referenced in popular culture with regards to pirates and assassins. If there's one thing I got sick of in the Pirates of the Carribean series, it was all the friggin' scenes centered around whaling. Whaling is practically REQUIRED in a game about an assassin pirate.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:25:24 AM PST
AndrewA says:
It's a logical extension of the hunting mechanic in ACIII.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:27:23 AM PST
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Kirksplosion says:
Oh ish. PETA's on the warpath. Quick - hide your mound of animal skin wallets, Far Cry 3 fans!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:27:35 AM PST
Rockhardly says:
"It's a logical extension of the hunting mechanic in ACIII."

I would argue that fishing would be a logical extension of hunting.

If there was "baby seal clubbing" or "bald eagle wing tearing" in ACIII, then whaling would be a logical extension here.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:29:04 AM PST
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AndrewA says:
If the game was centered around Connor again then fishing would be. Since they're focusing on a pirate, whaling makes more sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:29:16 AM PST
Soulshine says:
Beaver hunting in AC3 is basically the same concept as baby seal clubbing. Without the cuteness.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:31:18 AM PST
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Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:32:48 AM PST
Shanghaied says:
Great response for the head of an IP that seems to be getting more terrible every year.

In other news, this is free advertising for PETA, which is bad.

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 11:32:54 AM PST
Don't always agree with Ubi's decisions, but that is one righteous comment. I lol'd

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:33:34 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
I don't know, if you close your eyes their death cries are pretty cute.

The screams of terror when you chase them down as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:36:40 AM PST
Duck Dynasty would be proud of Beaver killing.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:36:41 AM PST
Kirksplosion says:
Chase them? They basically crawl towards you begging for the knife. The life of a virtual beaver must be harsh.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 11:56:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2013 11:57:08 AM PST
Rockhardly says:
"Beaver hunting in AC3"

I had absolutely zero interest in AC3 until this post.
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