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PETA names Fable 2 most animal-friendly game of 2008 ... uh, chicken kickin'?

8:02 AM on 01.06.2009 // Jim Sterling
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The moment PETA dropped this little press release into our inbox, I laughed until I was sick. The crazy animal rights activists and part-time terrorists have continued to exploit the games industry for attention, naming Fable II its most animal-friendly game of 2008. We are willing to give PETA the attention it craves, however, because in doing this, the group has shown just how little about videogames it understands.

Praising the game's "strong pro-vegetarian theme," PETA has lauded Fable II for awarding players "purity" points when they eat vegetables, and "corruption" points for eating meat. 

"In the virtual fight between good and evil, characters powered by tofu are just as powerful as their meat-eating counterparts—and are more fit and attractive to boot," claims PETA. "Featuring a strong pro-vegetarian theme, eating a plant-based diet helps you rack up "purity" points, whereas eating meat makes your character fat and evil. It’s a fun and innovative game, that’s also an effective tool that teaches gamers the real-life benefits of a vegetarian diet."

Yeah, that's great and everything, but PETA has clearly never played this game properly, otherwise it would know that the game also rewards players for KICKING CHICKENS IN THE CLUCKING FACE! Not only do you get an achievement for your chicken kickin' chicanery, but anybody watching you in the game will applaud and laugh. You also get an achievement for shooting cute bunny rabbits, and you can even quite happily neglect your dog. 

Oh, and let's not get into the whole "eat five crunchy chicks" mission, shall we?

PETA, you fail at videogames.

We’ve just announced our 6th annual Proggy Award winners and Fable 2 has been named the Most Animal-Friendly Game of 2008. Why? In the virtual fight between good and evil, characters powered by tofu are just as powerful as their meat-eating counterparts—and are more fit and attractive to boot. Featuring a strong pro-vegetarian theme, eating a plant-based diet helps you rack up "purity" points, whereas eating meat makes your character fat and evil. It’s a fun and innovative game, that’s also an effective tool that teaches gamers the real-life benefits of a vegetarian diet.

PETA's Proggy Awards recognize companies, people, and products for innovative and animal-friendly achievements. You can learn more about all of the December 2008 winners here: http://www.peta.org/feat/proggy/6th?c=p6apgb08.

Best,

Amy

 

PETA


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