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Tofu Activists Spoof Meat-Based Indie Game 420

Faulkner39 writes "In response to the recently released independently developed platformer Super Meat Boy, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has released a Flash-based spoof game titled Super Tofu Boy. The spoof attempts to mirror the original by featuring a protagonist made of tofu and an antagonist made of meat in a statement promoting animal rights. Ironically, however, the original game is about a human boy who is vulnerable because he lacks skin (Meat Boy), raising the question: 'is the spoof in reality really about cannibalism?'" The Super Meat Boy team posted a response on their Twitter feed.
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Tofu Activists Spoof Meat-Based Indie Game

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  • by mcvos ( 645701 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @05:04AM (#34414868)

    That's wht the PETA spoof is so important for them. On their site [] they explain how they've been trolling the PETA forums, hoping for this to happen. Apparently with success. It's a weird kind of PR, but it works, because now you've heard of Super Meat Boy. Thanks to trolling, PETA and Slashdot.

  • PETA (Score:4, Insightful)

    by guyminuslife ( 1349809 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @05:08AM (#34414888)

    You know, maybe they could have spent some of that development money on outreach for their shelters, so that they wouldn't have to kill 86% of the animals they shelter.

    But no, I guess making video games, stockpiling red paint, and placing ads of naked hippies should really come first.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, 2010 @05:11AM (#34414898)

    I had never heard of Super Meat Boy.

    No loss really. It's just another platformer. Never understood why the "indie" crowd starts drooling over platformers so much. They are so unimaginative and boring. There are literally thousands of them out there; all but reskinned versions of the same game.

  • Re:PETA (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Gaygirlie ( 1657131 ) <> on Thursday December 02, 2010 @06:53AM (#34415270) Homepage

    The problem is that PETA don't think *any* animals should be domesticated, so mostly they don't even bother to try to rehome animals.

    That's one thing I've never understood. What exactly is wrong with an animal having a caring owner, someone to trust to, a warm home, no need to be afraid of predators, and not having to get cold and sometimes go days without food? I myself have two cats and I would say they are MUCH better off here with me than out there in the Finnish winter. Hell, you don't need to be an expert or anything to see that they actually like their life here. Even if I open the door and let them out they come back after 3 minutes, they just simply don't want to go there.

    So, I just simply do not understand PETA and their ideals.

  • Re:PETA (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ginger Unicorn ( 952287 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @07:25AM (#34415392)
    The reason PETA are disconnected from reality is that they are projecting their own self-loathing onto the arena of animal rights issues, rather than addressing animal rights with logic and rationality. The driving thought in a militant PETA member's head is that humans are disgusting worthless bullies and animals are perfect and angelic. Because humans are in a position of power over animals, they are evil, and revenge must be sought at every opportunity. They're projecting their own self loathing, and their own feelings of powerlessness onto an unrelated issue. When the time comes for them face a logic rebuttal to their behaviour, cognitive dissonance kicks to protect them from facing the fact that they have become the very bullies they despise.
  • Re:PETA (Score:5, Insightful)

    by LingNoi ( 1066278 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @07:39AM (#34415464)

    If the goal is actually REDUCTION OF ANIMAL SUFFERING, it isn't "cruel" (anyone unsure of the meaning, get a fucking dictionary) to the animals to painlessly kill them.

    Logic failure.. So what if we rounded up all the homeless people; it wouldn't be cruel to painlessly kill them too? I'm sure lots of homeless people wouldn't mind you killing them because you believe they are suffering just as I'm sure the cats and dogs that are homeless wouldn't mind too.

    Before you start a debate about animal != human that's exactly what PETA is campaigning for. Rights for animals, so they're pretty much hypocrites.

    I can see from your post however that you believe people or animals should be killed regardless of if they want to. I wonder how you will feel later on when you yourself are getting old and your own death squad is coming for you.

  • by Yvanhoe ( 564877 ) on Thursday December 02, 2010 @09:33AM (#34416100) Journal

    It's a weird kind of PR, but it works, because now you've heard of Super Meat Boy. Thanks to trolling, PETA and Slashdot.

    I am feeling I am becoming too old for this century...
    And I am not even 30...

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