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PETA Isn’t Happy About God of War’s Animal Violence

The famous animal rights organization takes issue with God of War Ragnarok’s treatment of animals and one mid-game boss, in particular.


PETA challenged depictions of animal violence in God of War Ragnarok and a mid-game boss, in particular. Earlier this week, the nonprofit organization took to social media to express its displeasure at the game’s treatment of a giant wolf-like creature from Norse mythology that players must battle before playing. reach a certain place. Unlike PETA’s recent protests against Kyle Rittenhouse’s Turkey Shoot, the tone of its latest game review suggests the statement is meant to be more of a publicity stunt than a downright serious statement for animal rights.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is one of the best-known animal rights organizations on the planet, not least because it’s quite up to date with the times, as evidenced by its long track record of successfully politicizing games. video. Over the years, PETA’s use of the game to highlight not just human animal abuse, but the very perception of what constitutes animal abuse has led to everything from meta-protests of Animal Crossing: New Horizons attempts to remove cockfighting from far cry 6.

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In a tweet from earlier this week, PETA now aims to God of War Ragnarok depiction of Garm, a giant wolf-dog hybrid from Norse mythology that players encounter mid-game. The animal rights organization compared the beast’s “poor” treatment to that of Great Gray Wolf Sif, a boss of FromSoftware’s 2011 hit RPG. dark souls which he also protested. The association appealed to the developers of Santa Monica Studio to add a “PETA mode” to God of War Ragnarok which would allow players to go through the game without fighting Garm after freeing him from his chain.

While some Twitter users seemed sympathetic to the sentiment, others took issue with what they saw as a publicity stunt by PETA, calling on the organization to do more to help real-life animals instead of “d ‘trying to get noticed by commenting on popular things’. “, as one person put it. Historically, PETA’s positions on video games have been somewhat inconsistent, as evidenced by its decision to criticize Far Cry 5 for fishing while ignoring its rather elaborate depictions of animal violence that were part of the core gameplay loop.

Mythical digital animal rights aside, Santa Monica Studio’s latest game has already been a massive hit. According to recent reports, God of War Ragnarok began breaking sales records from day one, perfectly complementing Sony’s lineup of 2022 PlayStation exclusives.

God of War Ragnarok is available now on PS4 and PS5.

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