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Chickens: The most HATED animal in video games?

Free-range chicken murder

Even normal families lacking the inherently violent gamer gene are being exposed to poultry-based atrocities, with Nintendo's Wii entertaining titles like Chicken Blaster and Chicken Shoot. Both 'games' place hapless chickens firmly in the crosshairs of children, women and old people.

And since when do people *shoot* chickens - when did it become acceptable practice to fire fast-moving projectiles at slow-moving birds? Ducks, yes. Duck Hunt we understand. But entire games based entirely around a one-note mechanic of gunning down chickens? Not so much.

It's confirmation that this already downtrodden bird is regarded as the lowest, most kill-worthy animal in electronic entertainment and its breakthrough into the casual market signals that the proliferation of this anti-chicken sentiment is complete.

As for the future prospects of chickens in games... it doesn't look too bright. Even the soon-to-be released interactive drama Heavy Rain shows no love. One scene features chickens in cages being thrown to the ground, while another shows a character laughing as he watches a cartoon featuring a persecuted - you've guessed it - chicken.


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And there you have it. Irrefutable evidence that the chicken is the most hated animal in video games. We don't know why this has happened - we don't have the answer (and, in all honesty, we don't really care). However, if you feel like you have some enlightenment to offer, please feel free to share your valued thoughts in the comments.


Above: That's what she said

Finally, we'll leave you with a satirical verse that poetically sums up the plight of the tyrannized chicken:

"The chicken is a bird with a tiny brain,
So we assume he doesn't feel any pain,
We shrink their heads and we breed 'em fast,
Six wings, forty breasts,
then they're gassed..."
Cluckin' Bell

February 18, 2010

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41 comments

  • seed814 - February 22, 2010 6:26 p.m.

    funny chickens but a warn ya the world will end 2012 because link had a spa at 1 XD
  • RogueRED - February 22, 2010 6:47 a.m.

    I actually got the "chicken kicker" achievment in fable ii
  • CountFenring - February 22, 2010 6:04 a.m.

    I remember kicking chickens in Fable for a hat. Good time, good times.
  • CommanderCrunch - February 22, 2010 3:31 a.m.

    You guys are forgetting about Mort the Chicken. That game was only about chickens and really should have been on this article. Even though I'm pretty much the only person who knows of that games existence.
  • hvymtl1 - February 22, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    FREAK'N D-LISH
  • Gameover333 - February 21, 2010 9:35 p.m.

    What about chickens in Fable? lol a random guy with weapons running up and kicking them cant be too fun for them.
  • crimson_soulreaper305 - February 20, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    Achievement Unlocked:"Colonel Sanderson" damn,ive got a sudden urge to kill,eat, and choke a chicken. @ReCaptcha: confused unions, whose side are you on?
  • misplacedokie - February 20, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    How about Chocobos in early FF series. Next thing to a chicken. Pick them, breed them, feed them, race them. I learned to hate those oversized Chickens
  • soccerclownking - February 20, 2010 4:53 p.m.

    ch1k3nz r t3h un1v3r541 n00bz ov t3h v1d30 94m3 wur1d
  • TheBoz - February 20, 2010 1:38 p.m.

    One very famous 80s game has been left out...Chuckie Egg. It spawned a sequel and was a very well known game on the 8-bit computers. I have the original somwhere. Google it, you can play a remake for free online. Just had a blast, still fun after all these years.
  • AuthorityFigure - February 20, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    Chickens are cursed because they are virtually defenseless and have big, juicy tits that everyone likes to eat.
  • tjkjr1992 - February 19, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    Ha ha. "Choke the chicken"
  • soren7550 - February 19, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    *shudders* Still remember those chicken attacks from 'Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons'
  • philipshaw - February 19, 2010 11:17 a.m.

    Great Article and I have that MW2 trophy so I'm part of the problem
  • TheSugarRay - February 19, 2010 6:03 a.m.

    My favorite chicken kill is in counter strike on the Venice map.
  • Cwf2008 - February 19, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    Mmm chicken...i mean those assholes are plotting world domination! Why else would we continuously attack them
  • sirpsychosexy - February 19, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    what about the chicken chaser achievement in fable II?
  • KevintheDot - February 19, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    I doubt many people would know of it, but in the Age of Mythology games, the cheat "Bawk Bawk Boom" gave you the chicken meteor shower. Chickens rained from the sky, stood up for a minute and then exploded into a cloud of poison gas. I hope they got their 72 virgins.
  • Spybreak8 - February 19, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    Hahah it is very true Chickens are hated in many games. First thing I thought of was zelda and fable when I read that article. The Street Fighter II thing was pretty funny. A good chicken is a dead chicken I always say well that until they start killing humans in a few thousand years.^^
  • nik41507 - February 19, 2010 12:36 a.m.

    @robotechandnarutosucks go away no one wants you here and your criticism of GR

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