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Gee, this isn't sexist nor sizist in the least! A new game at E3 called Fat Princess involves battles and, oh yeah, fattening up a woman to the point of immobility. SUCH A GOOD IDEA.

When you start a game, each team's base will have their opponent's princess inside. All the enemies that are assaulting your base will be trying to get in and get their fair lady out. Now, you can kill these guys if you like, but your best defense is to go outside of your stronghold and find pieces of cake and other dessert items. You'll then bring these snacks to the opponent's princess, force her to eat them, and watch her get fatter. Big gals are heavy and that means your opponents are going to have in groups to carry her fat ass back home.

Does it offend me more as a feminist or as a fat activist? I can't decide. Thanks, Kem and BirdmanDodd.

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kemelios July 20th, 2008 | Link | This is what passes for

This is what passes for amusing these days. Sad commentary on the state of civilization.

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July 21st, 2008 | Link | That's...weird. I do

That's...weird. I do think, though, that this picture is really cute.

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July 23rd, 2008 | Link | They couldn't come up with a

They couldn't come up with a better idea for a video game? Is this what passes as the height of creative entertainment these days? Good lord...

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July 24th, 2008 | Link | They couldn't come up with a

They couldn't come up with a better idea for a video game? Is this what passes as the height of creative entertainment these days? Good lord...

My thoughts exactly. But then again, we've got people out there who have designed video games where you score points for raping and impregnating women and 10 year-old girls, and aliens who score points for ripping clothes off women (if you're brave enough to visit Something Awful's video game site, you'll see what I mean). It's only logical that moving from sexual assault to force-feeding a captured woman would be the next step.

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July 24th, 2008 | Link | In what game do you get

In what game do you get points for raping little girls? I've heard tons of the complaints about GTA4 so I'm figuring it's not that one, as I've never heard of it.

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July 23rd, 2008 | Link | As Brian at Red No.3 points

As Brian at Red No.3 points out, besides the feederist subtext there's little original about this rather odd 'Capture the Flag' re-hash, which mixes cutesy Pokemon-style graphics with lashings of blood and guts. That said (and no offense meant to the numerous gamers I know frequent BFB) I simply don't have the time or patience for any type of gaming nowadays. I had a go on my friend's copy of GTA IV last weekend and given that I have a relatively limited attention span for such things I was unimpressed by the fact that it takes longer to learn the controls and special moves of one of these fancy modern games than it did to COMPLETE the old Mega Drive / Super NES titles; I dread to imagine how complex some of the fantasy-based ones are Shocked

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rebelle July 23rd, 2008 | Link | Here's what Salon had to

Here's what Salon had to say

http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/2008/07/23/fatprincess/index.html

Lizzy July 23rd, 2008 | Link | Gaming blog Kotaku posted an

Gaming blog Kotaku posted an article about feminists being upset by this game (click here to read it). Not surprisingly, the usual Kotaku crowd proved once again how obtuse they can be, posting comments in the vein of "then put down the fork, porkers!" (Not an actual comment - or maybe it is? Didn't read them all!)

I was surprised to see Kotaku post a reaction - usually they ignore this kind of thing. I was not, however, surprised to see the type of responses.

Please non-gamers - understand that most gamers are not like the Kotaku posters. The level of immaturity there is atrocious, but it only reflects a very small percentage of gamers.

persephone July 23rd, 2008 | Link | There is an inordinate

There is an inordinate amount of sexism in the gaming community. Not just from gamers but on the development as well. My husband is a lead for one of the most well know gaming companies and the vast majority of the employees are pigs.

At the company where he was previously employed they had business meetings at a local strip club and were rewarded with lap dances for good "performance".

Lizzy July 23rd, 2008 | Link | Wow, persephone. That's

Wow, persephone. That's just wrong. I work in the video game industry, but my company isn't like that, thankfully. My company is actually pretty hyper-sensitive about sexual harassment in the workplace. It's good to see companies like EA (I think it was them?) offering scholarships to women to try to increase the number women in the field. It's also nice to see more games coming out that appeal to women older than 14.

There is, however, still a huge hurdle in front of us, as the industry has been dwelling in sexism for quite some time. At least the booth babes are gone from E3!

persephone July 23rd, 2008 | Link | Lizzy, it is VERY cool that

Lizzy,

it is VERY cool that you are into gaming and work in the industry (my hubby's company has 2 female employees that are not administrative). I love RPGs of all flavors and even got to beta a few games. I assume that you live here in Los Angeles?

I also wanted to relate to you one other funny story about sexism/sizeism and gaming forums.

I was on one of the forums I frequent for IGN and someone made an incorrect statement about which publisher owned my hubby's company. I pointed out their error (BTW my screen name implied I was female) and was immediately flamed (and not even by the person who made the statement) and told to get back in the kitchen and make dinner . When I responded in kind and told the poster to hit puberty before he gets involved in adult conversations I was called everything from a fatass to a lesbian.

Also, on a different note, I didn't mind the booth babes at E3, Aside from the fact that they had minimal knowledge of the games. I think women of ALL sizes and shapes are beautiful and I probably check out women more than my man.

Lizzy July 24th, 2008 | Link | Not to derail the thread,

Not to derail the thread, but in answer to your question, I'm up in the Seattle area.

Musicalbookworm July 24th, 2008 | Link | Hmm...

Paul asks if this game offends him more as a feminist or a fat activist. I'm torn too, but I'm starting to like the feminism angle.

I mean they could have kept, and even magnified, the anti-fat bigotry by allowing the princess to eat her enemies and help with her own rescue. (Of course she would gain weight for eating her enemies!) Instead, they made her completely helpless. She can do nothing to challenge her captors. She can do nothing to aid in her own rescue--apparently not even walk. Lastly, the game removes her agency to choose what/when to eat. If that is not the essence of objectification, I don't know what is.

paul July 27th, 2008 | Link | A good point

I haven't been following the backlash against this game much, but Bilt4Cmfrt pointed me to the Shakesville thread on this game - which I won't link here - that has been clobbered with 2000 comments. 2000 comments! It's degenerated into a flame war; gamers have essentially flooded the comment area, and it's been a back-and-forth ever since. A quick scan of the comments shows the Usual Gang of Idiots from the non-pro-fat side... surprising! (cough)

Brian at Red No. 3 brings up a good point though... neither him nor I have received any hate mail about our stances on the game. At all. Interesting, isn't it?

JennyLinsky July 27th, 2008 | Link | You and Brian are men. Those

You and Brian are men. Those who got attacked are women. Apparently, it is more socially acceptable for men to be feminists.

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July 28th, 2008 | Link | Well Paul, aside from being

Well Paul, aside from being a man, I think that you and Brian's writing is a lot more subdued. As someone who used to read and comment on Shakesville, Melissa can be extremely harsh and brutally honest to the point of tactlessness in her opinions. And while she's usually right about a lot of them, it gets a lot of people (read: those who don't agree with her) angry. Also, Shakesville is a bit more visible (sorry Paul) in the non FA world; she is probably linked to other sites that revel in fat and female bashing. And since this is also a non-gamer blog, we wouldn't have the population of gamers coming here and starting flame wars. Another thing is that comments aren't allowed at Brian's site, and here, comments are moderated. There's no room for trolls to really take over threads. That's a good thing.

Dan Bassett July 28th, 2008 | Link | I actually agree with Bree.

I actually agree with Bree. Melissas comments were quite inflammatory (obviously meant to be) whereas yours were not.

Dan

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