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Essays 15 October 2019, 12:59

author: Jakub Mirowski

Whenever Im not occupied with writing ungracious TOP 10 lists, Im complaining about having to write ungracious TOP 10 lists. Would do just about anything for a half-decent remake of Thief: The Dark Project.

Seven Embarrassing Achievements that'll Give You the Creeps

Achievements and trophies can be childishly easy, devilishly hard, or just funny but they're mostly designed for pride, rather than embarrassment. Still, we've found seven achievements that will leave you with a bad feeling in the mouth.

Killing little seals in Overlord II

  1. Achievement name: Seal Slayer
  2. Description: kill 100 little seals

The first Overlord was advertised as a game in which the player chooses to either be bad or VERY bad. Despite this, in the game from Triumph Studios, you still had to try pretty hard to do something really vile: most of the time, we fought enemies who were not at all better from the hero, and all the nasty things were turned into a joke. This was actually a cute, humorous game that many players still remember fondly. However, in the sequel, they went all the way: the developers said before the premiere that they are trying to offend as many social groups as possible, so that no one feels forgotten. And guess what? I think they were successful.

A fire armor is enough. We get it  we're the bad guys. Do we really have to kill innocent animals? - Seven Embarasing Achievements that'll Give You the Creeps - dokument - 2019-10-15
A fire armor is enough. We get it we're the bad guys. Do we really have to kill innocent animals?

It's hard not to mention the fact that the game clearly expects us to kill a hundred seals. And it's not about the adults that are at least able to try and defend themselves: the "Seal Slayer" achievement is only awarded for killing young, harmless seals. This takes a long time, because once you start beating one, the rest runs away. Why then did this item even end up in the game? It was probably an attempt to trigger animal activists but it's hard to find many people who would consider this trophy quality entertainment. Unless you're from Canada.

Hunting little seals with batons is not only a fantasy of the creators of Overlord II. Hunting these animals is legal in Norway, Russia, Namibia, Greenland, and other places. The worst publicity, however, goes to Canada. Every year tens of thousands of these animals die in this country, and although most of them die in, say, a humanitarian way through shooting hunters can also use a long stick with an axe, called the "hakapik." Why Canada, a country famous for rather progressive views, allows the use of such barbaric methods of killing animals? Well, according to reports from the Canadian Veterinary Association, paradoxically, the hakapik is one of the least painful ways to kill a small seal without damaging its fur. But it still looks really creepy.

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