At tonight's midnight launch of the game at the GameStop at Irvine Spectrum Mall, PETA would like to remind players to "have compassion for all beings." Their pamplet, "Zerglings Have Feelings, Too" will try to help players empathize with the Zerg species in the game.
People often wonder what PETA has against video games, especially after playing our Pokémon: Black and Blue or Super Tanooki Skin 2D parody games, which have each gotten millions of people to think about PETA's issues and, together, have led to more than 750,000 people watching PETA's hard-hitting videos. The truth is that as a gamer and a PETA staffer, I get excited about combining my passions.
So 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.
PETA says that the Zerg are abused and killed because the Terrans "can't or won't understand them." In contrast, Blizzard calls the Zerg "ruthless killing machines" that will stop at nothing to achieve complete domination. But what does Blizzard know, all they did was create the fiction and the entire StarCraft franchise.
Though, perhaps this is all just a very odd and clever marketing campaign between Blizzard and PETA.
(via PETA, Polygon)