ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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From the beginning, Hello Games have stated that No Man's Sky is to be an exploration game - one that will take us to planets we've only dreamed of and show us lifeforms we can't even imagine. As we venture around a tiny portion of the 18 quintillion planets, we'll all uncover lifeforms that we can take note of and share in a global database. While you can kill them, the game doesn't exactly advocate an aggressive approach.

Therefore, this title has garnered the interest of countless groups around the world. No Man's Sky has featured in Time Magazine, its been a main topic on The Colbert Show, and now its attracted the attention of the PETA organization (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

PETA Hopes No Man's Sky Will Turn Gamers Into Animal Lovers

No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

On the release date of No Man's Sky, you can venture anywhere you see fit. When you land down on a planet you can explore the various mountains, caves, seas, and valleys that lie before you. You can also interact with the wildlife that you come across. Your reaction can be hostile if you so choose, but the more chaos you cause, the more "wanted" you'll become.

Every planet has a system in place to protect its lifeforms. They're protected by sentinel drones and large robots who will hunt you down should you start to hurt the planet's natives. This idea has struck a chord with PETA, namely their Marketing VP Joel Bartlett, who runs the groups in-house video game production efforts.:

“We hope that exploring fictional planets will awaken in players an interest and fascination with animals on our own planet."
No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

“Earth doesn’t [have natural] help [for] animals when they’re threatened,” Bartlett says, pointing out that trigger-happy drone systems activated by animal cruelty in No Man’s Sky provide considerable assurance of safety — as well as moral guidance.

While we like the sentiment, we also like to think that gamers are natural animal lovers regardless of their interactions with video games. However, it would be interesting to see players actively helping the cause after engaging with No Man's Sky. A strange idea that a procedurally generated alien life-form would awaken a desire to help animals of our own planet, but it's a thought that we enjoy nonetheless.

Will You Be A Pacifist On Release Date?

No Man's Sky
No Man's Sky

How are you planning on exploring the various planets in [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052)? Will you mix things up and try a bit of everything? Will you cause a trail of chaos across the universe? Or will you stare in awe and wonder at the lifeforms around you, exhibiting kindness as a simple explorer and surveyor? Let us know in the comments below!


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