So, I guess there is this chick bitching, along with her classmates, that you “have to kill” dogs in the game Call Of Duty: World at War.
“Killing dogs as a form of entertainment … over and over again. That’s one of the objects of the game,” says Lucci, 19, a senior at NDA. “Parents need to know what they are buying their kids. Killing animals should not be a form of entertainment.”
Now, keep in mind the game isn’t called Let’s go murder some fucking dogs: DX! It’s a World War 2 game. Some pretty brutal and fucked up shit happened during that war. To make a realistic and historically accurate game about WW2, one has to expect some appropriately M-rated content. Plus, this is far from the first game to involve animals dying.
As one could expect, PITA has gotten involved.
To help the folks at Activision Blizzard learn about the ethical treatment of animals (something we’re sorta experts on) we’re offering to let them take PETA’s “Developing Empathy for Animals” seminar free of charge, and we’re sending a package of dog-friendly Nintendogs games to their office.
With a little Nintendogs influence, perhaps the next Call of Duty game will have you unlock achievements for petting the dogs you encounter and going on walks or playing Frisbee with them.
Really? Don’t you think that PITA could at the very least worry about the treatment of real dogs? Not to mention the fact that (affirming the South Park quote I used) they have no concern with all the humans killed in the game.
Activision has responded with logic (which might be lost in this case):
In order to create believable, real-world scenes and heighten the game playing experience, “Call of Duty: World at War” depicts the ruthless and gritty combat of World War II.
Dogs are included in the game for authenticity since they were used extensively by German, Japanese, U.S. and Soviet troops during the war. Activision in no way endorses or condones cruelty to animals, and we don’t believe the game will encourage cruelty in any way.
I don’t know if we should laugh at the whole thing, or just facepalm in disgrace … well, here you go: