PETA Asks Gamers To Be Kind To Zerglings

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RicoADF:

Fiz_The_Toaster:

RicoADF:

I for one support PETA members giving zerglings hugs, the zerg will be doing the rest of us a favor.

I think they should show us how to properly cuddle zerglings, or, even better, create a zergling cuddle corp. and make it their mission to cuddle and hug as many zerglings as possible. I mean, it's only right of them to do it.

Agreed, they should lead by example. Now if you don't mind I'm going to get comfy in that battlecruiser to watch while eating popcorn. Everyone's invited.

And I shall bring other snacks since an odd massacre of this weirdness needs this. :D

Now I have a funny image in my head of PETA people getting murdered by trying to cuddle the zerglings into submission.

CharrHearted:

Pretty much sums up my reaction to this piece of information.

Aaah Peta, getting more and more dumber one step at a time... now if you'll excuse me, i'm going to have me some fried Zerglings. :3

Mine too.

OT:
Even more so because I'd like to say this to people that STILL take PETA seriously at this point...

WHY!?!?! Why do you take them seriously at this point?

Why do they hold a shred of your respect today? WHY!?!?!

The 'Holocaust on your Plate' ad campaign wasn't disgusting enough to draw you away?

The fact that PETA kills, sorry... 'puts to sleep forever' 2/3 of the animals it takes in while the Humane Societies around the country only euthanize far less than 1/3 of the animals they take in... wasn't enough?

The fact that Ingrid Nooker, the vice president, uses medicine derived from animal testing (and the previous fact) isn't enough to get you to stop giving money to such MASSIVE hypocrites?

And the fact that PETA has given money to firebombers who torch medical labs isn't enough to draw you away from these tools?

Really?

JaceArveduin:
Wait, is it me, or did PETA just do something that could be classified as 'intelligent'? Maybe not the best campaign ever, but they didn't... butcher everything.

Until you get to the part where you realise you're asked to have empathy for beings mostly intent on chewing your face off.
Empathy and restraint when it comes to killer animals is justified when we're capable of driving said animal extinct (eg. tigers, rhinos). Somehow I'm pretty sure the zerg doesn't quite qualify for any endangered species list. Until then I'd say we'll be fine blowing their little heads off. With empathy.

Amusement: 7/10
Intelligence: 3/10

They're getting better at their batshit stupid campaigns, I have to hand them that.

Therumancer:
angler fish (I mean seriously people, those things exist to give your nightmares something to be afraid of)

Angler Fish are my proof that there is a God and that he REALLY REALLY HATES humans, life, and happiness. I don't know why we haven't started an international campaign to kill them all. On a serious note, I actually really agree with your post in general. It makes a lot of sense and it is level headed.

As much as I dislike PETA, I'm amused by this campaign. For all the people talking about how they don't know the lore, I think you are missing the point. Its supposed to be pretty silly.

I can see this campaign have the opposite effect in-game wise, and get Terran players pumped about their next "inhumane massacre" of zerglings. Do PETA actually know what the Zerg are?

I would love to see them do an ad campaign for xenomorph chessbursters (dawww ain't they sweet!) from the Alien series. In face this whole thing instantly reminded me of when Gediman calls the newborn in Alien Resurrection a "Beautiful little baby". I love that creepy line.

Andy Chalk:
Yes, PETA does some objectionable (and outright indefensible) things, but this is a smart and funny way of getting its message out.

Kind of like cigarette companies creating Joe Camel to appeal to kids, huh.

Wow, I'm agreeing with PETA on something, let alone something about Zerg. What the hell?

Andy Chalk:
PETA Asks Gamers To Be Kind To Zerglings

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With StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm about to launch, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals would like to remind everyone that Zerglings have feelings, too.

PETA will be attending tonight's launch event for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm in Irvine, California, but in a slightly different guise than we've come to know it. In honor of the long-awaited StarCraft release, the group is renaming itself "Terrans for the Ethical Treatment of Zerglings" for the night and will hand out pamphlets entitled Zerglings Have Feelings, Too.

"When playing StarCraft, I had noticed how the Zerg were treated more like animals than like other people. I couldn't help but wonder if there would be an analog to PETA in the world of StarCraft," PETA online marketing strategist Joel Bartlett wrote. Thus was born the idea for TETZ, and tonight's appearance at the StarCraft launch.

"Remember, while Zerglings are not real, there are many equally 'strange' and exotic animals we share this planet with who deserve our empathy. Just because crocodiles and snakes look alien to us, that doesn't make it OK to skin them alive for a handbag, shoes, or a belt," Bartlett wrote. "And if we had to share our world with the Zerg in reality, I'd like to think that we'd make an effort to understand and respect them rather than sending out the battlecruisers - because the alternative to having empathy for other beings is about as grim as it gets."

Setting aside the hard-to-avoid dislike for PETA's more extreme behavior, you have to admit this is a pretty clever campaign. It raises awareness without casting judgment and ties in smartly with what is bound to be one of the year's biggest game releases. Yes, PETA does some objectionable (and outright indefensible) things, but this is a smart and funny way of getting its message out - even if the idea of making nice with the Zerg makes about as much sense as sitting down for tea with a rabid grizzly bear.

Source: PETA

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Escapist please stop posting these stories, your playing right into their hand.

TheDoctor455:

CharrHearted:

Pretty much sums up my reaction to this piece of information.

Aaah Peta, getting more and more dumber one step at a time... now if you'll excuse me, i'm going to have me some fried Zerglings. :3

Mine too.

OT:
Even more so because I'd like to say this to people that STILL take PETA seriously at this point...

WHY!?!?! Why do you take them seriously at this point?

Why do they hold a shred of your respect today? WHY!?!?!

The 'Holocaust on your Plate' ad campaign wasn't disgusting enough to draw you away?

The fact that PETA kills, sorry... 'puts to sleep forever' 2/3 of the animals it takes in while the Humane Societies around the country only euthanize far less than 1/3 of the animals they take in... wasn't enough?

The fact that Ingrid Nooker, the vice president, uses medicine derived from animal testing (and the previous fact) isn't enough to get you to stop giving money to such MASSIVE hypocrites?

And the fact that PETA has given money to firebombers who torch medical labs isn't enough to draw you away from these tools?

Really?

This

PETA can go fuck itself, this zergling campaign is fairly inoffensive but them acting like they have ANY moral superiority is absolute bullshit

Treblaine:

Zerglings Have Feelings, Too.

How could this be more of a lie?

Everyone knows zerglings are a hive-like creature that have the independence of soldier ants - i.e. none.

You know, I actually thought this was a fairly neat idea to appeal to the gamer demographic... and then I actually read the article.

Comparing wild animals to biologically engineered killing machines with no other purpose than to invade, kill and assimilate every useful life-form they encounter... Yeah.

God damn it, I hate it when people who know NOTHING of games try to "be cool" and appeal to gamers. You'd think that everyone would realize that trying to approach a subject you know nothing about only makes you look stupid. Guess not.

Come to think of it, a zergling-skin wallet could be rather stylish. Oh well, this is the best speech regarding the treatment of zerg that I've ever heard given:

I just love that one.

Of course PETA would identify with a mass mudering race it's pretty much them in video game form.

Andy Chalk:
Setting aside the hard-to-avoid dislike for PETA's more extreme behavior, you have to admit this is a pretty clever campaign. It raises awareness without casting judgment and ties in smartly with what is bound to be one of the year's biggest game releases. Yes, PETA does some objectionable (and outright indefensible) things, but this is a smart and funny way of getting its message out - even if the idea of making nice with the Zerg makes about as much sense as sitting down for tea with a rabid grizzly bear.

Well, now that I can breath and see through the tears of a 4 minute laughing fit, allow me to disagree with this being "a clever campaign."

While I'll give them credit for not judging, as you said, they show a complete lack of understanding of the game and therefor the gamers themselves. Indeed, zerglings are slaughtered by the literal thousands as the push the front lines of the zerg army...but that's the keyword there: army. This isn't just a misunderstood race of beastial aliens, these are sentient, intelligent creatures who want to assimilate or destroy everything in their path. They're literally bloodthirsty monsters hell-bent on destroying every last teran and protoss...not because these other two species are encrouching on their natural habitat or hunting them to extinction...it's because they're the frickin' zerg swarm. It's what they do.

To think that they're deserving of pity, sympathy, and protection is just obscenely out of touch with the demographic that they're trying to reach and just PETA's desperate attempt to cling onto something popular so they can spread their propaganda around. Hell, I'd imagine if TETZ actually existed in the SC universe, it would be seen as a rogue terrorist group working with the enemy of all humanity, and anyone claiming to be a member of it would be executed for treason.

It's clear to me that PETA has launched a campaign for trying to influence gamers, which is why they raised a stink about whaling in AC IV. And now we have this hilarious bit of news.

"Awwwwww, he's just a kewt wittul zergy! He just wants two bwe your fwiend!" Yyyyeeeeeaaaah. Go up and give a Hydralisk a nice big ol' hug and tell me how that works out. Or even try it with a Zergling and see how well you can protect them after they've ripped you to shreds and eaten your face.

Edit: Seriously though, this was THE funniest thing I have seen on this website (funnier than any Zero Punctuation, Jimquisition, No Right Answer, MovieBob, ANYTHING) since I joined up. You can't make up comedy gold this funny. Just looking at that pamphlet picture makes me laugh uncontrollably.

"Just because crocodiles and snakes look alien to us, that doesn't make it OK to skin them alive for a handbag, shoes, or a belt."

Holy shit I didn't think it was possible to skin a humongous crocodile while it's ALIVE but whoever can do that must be pretty badass and deserves every inch of leather they get from it.

You know, gamers are a fascinating bunch. Let Anita Sarkeesian talk about the roles women play in video games or propose that Far Cry 3 might not be portraying indigenous Pacific Islanders with a sincere, respectful approach, and huge groups of gamers are outraged (to the point that one subset even advocated physical harm on Sarkeesian).

PETA comes in with a protest that doesn't say anything explicitly bad about a video game, and large numbers of gamers might make fun of them for not getting their facts about the back story right but basically don't seem to mind. Never mind that PETA's mission toward animals is deeply hypocritical and that they kill more animals than most cities' animal shelters.

So a lot of gamers must be like single-issue voters. You can approach puppies and kittens with an almost comic book supervillain level of malice, but as long as you do so while giving a wink/nod to gaming culture, you get a pass.

The gaming press really should not even be reporting on this. By giving PETA any attention at all, you are helping them continue to flout the "ethical" that is in their own name and murder (sometimes even illegally murder) animals simply because they are pets, and not born wild.

Ah, my theorem is now proven:
PETA + video games - sanity = hilarity. Shine on you crazy diamonds, PETA.

I could say that this is hilarious on a level that this is truly proof that PETA hates people, since the zerg pretty much started it (and how many INNOCENT lives does Kerrigan have under her belt in her search for destruction and revenge?)

I could say that zerg perhaps don't have a higher level of thinking and feelings since pretty much everything they do is "for the swarm" as a hive-mind.

I could say that Zerg have more in common with insects than reptiles (regarding exoskeletons, behaviour, etc), and most animal rights activists don't shed a tear when their insects are crushed under their shoes or on their windshields.

I could say that in the time I played Starcraft, I loved mah Zerg, thought my 'lings were like little puppies (well, more the Starcraft 1 picture) and I always hated when even one died. My "no zergling left behind" mentality didn't work out so well :(.

I'm not prepared for this! So many jokes! How could I have seen this coming!?

I must say though, well done PETA. This has to be one of your less offensive, less confrontational, and joyously lulzy campaigns ever. Job well done.

Captcha: Sin, cos, tan

Catptcha, yo zetta slow! Where were you when there was rumors of another TWEWY game?

cursedseishi:
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Kargathia:
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Okay, bad word choice. How about we go with "not stupidly volatile to the point of self combustion"?

major_chaos:

Wenseph:
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Off topic, but what is your avatar from? I can normally at least hazard a guess with anime avatars but yours has me stumped and its bugging me.

OT: As far as PETA goes this falls into the "harmless but stupid" category. I have to wonder if after the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the Mario, Cooking Mama and Pokemon parodies they decided to step back and try to take a more gentle approach to reaching gamers. It still isn't going to work, but apparently they are at least capable of recognizing trends. Although they don't seem to be able to recognize what a bunch of vile people they all are.

Using my blackbelt in google-fu, I believe I've narrowed it down to Nekomonogatari Kuro. Part of the Bakemonogatari series. Googling "Nekomonogatari Kuro characters" gives pictures of a girl that bears a striking resemblance to the one in his avatar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Bakemonogatari_episodes#Nekomonogatari_.28Kuro.29_.282012.29.

Oh, fuck right off, PETA.

No, seriously. You think this means people'll forget about your last, or indeed, every other prior incident of complete arsehole-ness? Do you think a cute picture of a Zergling makes us forget that you recently threw wild accusations at a game that wasn't yet released over ONE FUCKING SCREENSHOT? Do you think it makes us forget that you took the concept of a magical racoon suit and came out with "MARIO IS MURDER!"?

No PETA, it doesn't. Nothing short of a good five years of sanity and major fucking reforms to some of your terrible policies would convince anyone at this point that you're anything other than a bunch of morons, and even then, anyone who remembers that far is always gonna be keeping an eye on you.

You'd think they could use a better picture for this. Just type "cute zerg" into google images and you get a wealth of them. This one being my favourite.
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You know because maybe if you give them a cuddle while they're eviscerating you they'll learn to love.

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Fuckin' jackholes

Clever campaign. They would have a much better reputation if all their other campagins were this clever.

Wow, they've become a parody of themselves.

Peta, if you want to hug a Zerg go ahead..
Seriously go ahead hug the Zerg.

JenSeven:
*Headdesk*
*Headdesk again*
*Headdesk again for good measure*

Thanks PETA, I now have a headache and there is a dent in my nice wooden desk.

Should I send them the bill?

Don't do that. It could turn into a bad habit that's hard to snap out of.

Besides - look at it this way: Is this not a rather perfect example of the perceptive disconnect between PETA ideology and, y'know, reality? At the very, very least it's a valid example of how they plain don't care about lore, facts or truth in general, they just see the world through shit-tinted glasses, so that everyone and anything looks rather shitty and offensive to them.

Thanks PETA, I'll try to keep that in mind while it's tearing my guts out.

Aliens? Fictional aliens? Protesting the abuse of fictional animals wasn't ludicrous enough? PETA's campaigns get more insane by the day it seems. First Pokemon and Mario (both of which are ridiculous in their own right), then campaigning against Assassin's Creed based on a single piece of concept art.

And yeah, I fell obligated to point out the fact that PETA is not a particularly good animal rights organisation in that they euthanize (or dispose of by other means) over 90% of the animals they take in and their established goals show that they want every domesticated pet on the planet killed for having any contact with humans. So yeah, PETA = BAD.

Also, everyone in this thread, including me, is playing into their hands because they are attention whores, looking to draw attention to themselves any way that they possible can.

This is actually an adorable PETA campaign. Instead of spreading their hate, they chose to show love.

Unfortunately, this guy said it best.

1337mokro:
HOLD THE FUCK ON!!!

Zerglings are manufactured creatures. They were "gifted" traits by a superior species making them basically wolfs that have been bred into dogs. True Zergs are now bred for combat and genetic perfection, but they are still a bred species even from the start. Initially they were uplifted for a purpose like the Protos, they were intended to serve a goal.

In other words PETA is actually AGAINST Zergs. They want to take every single zerg into the back alley of their headquarters and euthanize it. That is what PETA wants to do to zergs. They want to eradicate them all because PETA believes that "animals for companionship or any other use" should not exist.

Nice job PETA, you hypocritical pieces of shit.

Fuck PETA and everything that they do.

Now, I'm no Starcraft expert by any means, but aren't the zerg a sentient race that is evil and wants you dead?

"Remember, while Zerglings are not real, there are many equally 'strange' and exotic animals we share this planet with who deserve our empathy. Just because crocodiles and snakes look alien to us, that doesn't make it OK to skin them alive for a handbag, shoes, or a belt," Bartlett wrote.

Most people don't consider crocs and snakes to be alien since most are familiar enough of them! For something to be considered alien to has to be so different and strange that it isn't something one is familiar with! And people are familiar with snakes and crocs by the time they enter kindergarten!

major_chaos:

Wenseph:
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Off topic, but what is your avatar from? I can normally at least hazard a guess with anime avatars but yours has me stumped and its bugging me.

OT: As far as PETA goes this falls into the "harmless but stupid" category. I have to wonder if after the overwhelmingly negative reaction to the Mario, Cooking Mama and Pokemon parodies they decided to step back and try to take a more gentle approach to reaching gamers. It still isn't going to work, but apparently they are at least capable of recognizing trends. Although they don't seem to be able to recognize what a bunch of vile people they all are.

Don't forget the Super Meat Boy parody PETA did - Super Tofu Boy - that resulted in Team Meat adding Tofu Boy to the game as a hilarious take-that. "petaphile", anyone? XD

do they realize that these things are the equivilant of space zombies and kill everything in sight by the millions?

This just reminds me of a penny arcade comic. Now where did I put that, oh yes:

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Funny in concept, not something I would ever want to try if the zerg were real.

I thought the only feelings Zerglings had were "KILL FOR THE OVERMIND KILL FOR THE OVERMIND KILL FOR THE OVERMIND".

I mean, didn't they watch the excellent cutscenes in the first Starcraft?

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