Written by PETA
If you prefer Atari to Wii or have dreams of getting your name on the Galaga Top Ten High Score Table, We'd like to introduce you to what could easily become your new addiction: Escape From the Slaughterhouse.
Created by Mikael Romlin, this game is for the "old skool" gamer in all of us. It has a Crystal Castles feel, but instead of collecting gems and trying to escape Berthilda the Witch, you are searching for cages in each level in order to set your friends free and trying to escape from the slaughterhouse. You'll encounter butchers along the way (whom you can defeat by jumping on their heads), and you have to be careful not to fall into the meat grinders.
I'm going to give you a heads-up and say that this game isn't easy (even our resident gaming expert, Joel Bartlett, only made it to the first boss), but the rewards are worth it. Freedom for all? Yes, please!
And for those of you looking for some gaming on the go, check out Mikael's Hunt the Hunter. It's a cell-phone game in which you take shots at fox hunters before they can shoot vulnerable foxes.
After you've played the game, how about giving Mikael a little love in the comments below for his retro games?
Written by Shawna Flavell
We're officially bananas about SEGA. In fact, we're sending them a thank-you card and little vegan chocolates in the shape of monkeys (closest we could get to apes) as I write this. Why is this gaming giant scoring such a sweet treat? After learning that SEGA used a real chimpanzee in an online video promoting Samba De Amigo (a new Wii game in which you use your primate prowess and a pair of maracas to make beautiful music), we contacted the company.
We explained how involuntary chimpanzee "actors" are taken away from their mothers when they are just a year or so old and forced to perform confusing and repetitious tricks. We also explained some of the horrible methods that chimpanzee "trainers" use, such as isolation, beatings with sawed-off pool cues and slapjacks, and food deprivation. Then, at the ripe old age of just 8, the chimpanzees reach puberty and their showbiz careers are over—and they end up being dumped at dismal roadside zoos or sold to laboratories for experimentation.
Faster than you can mangle a Metallica song on Guitar Hero, SEGA pulled the video from its site and promised to keep all great apes out of its ads!
Please join me in giving SEGA two opposable thumbs up for making the compassionate decision to keep great apes out of the act.
Written by Amy Elizabeth
So off we go to the polls today (I went this morning; shazam!)—and we've got a lot of important decisions to make. Not all of us will get the opportunity to take a big step forward for animals, but we can all support the candidate whose platform includes going vegetarian to fight climate change, taxing meat for the environment and health, and eating our way to a smaller ecological footprint.
OK, OK, I wasn't going to spoiler you on this, but I guess I can tell you—it's Chris P. Carrot! He's fantastic. I love him. I almost uploaded my "Chris P. Carrot Girl" music video to YouTube, but I got embarrassed.
I am particularly fond of Chris P. Carrot with hummus. Oh! Yeah, I went there.
So, you may wonder, how exactly does one vote for Chris P. Carrot? Why, by going vegetarian, of course!
Oh, and in case you didn't realize, we're talking about an anthropomorphic vegetable—not any of those candidates you'll see on the voting slips. We're a nonprofit, kids; we don't do that. Similarly, don't bother leaving comments regarding "real" candidates or any political parties—we just have to delete them, and it's super tedious. Leave comments with your favorite Chris P. Carrot accompaniments instead, if you wish. (Baba ghanoush is really good.)
Written by Amanda Schinke
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