Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Save the fatty!  

I just got wind of this PS3 game "Fat Princess." Let's just take a look at the first paragraph of the game description:

"Frantic and fun, Fat Princess pits two hordes of players against each other in comic medieval battle royale. Your goal is to rescue your beloved princess from the enemy dungeon. There's a catch though: your adversary has been stuffing her with food to fatten her up and it's going to take most of your army working together to carry her back across the battlefield."

One word comes to mind: WHY? WHY does the princess have to be fat? WHY does the game have to make fun of overweight girls? It honestly sounds like it could be a fun enough game without objectifying fat people. I've always been annoyed at the fact that every female character in every video game looks like she has stepped out of a 13 year-old boy's pornographic fantasy (I doubt Lara Croft's clothes could get any skimpier). And suddenly a video game emerges with a female character who actually isn't 95 pounds with double D sized breasts, and the entire game exists to make fun of her. Go figure.

I'm just sick of feeling like the entire video game industry exists for boys. I like video games too! Where are my video games? The girl-friendly video games are so far and few that I get discouraged in my quest for a fucking cool video game that doesn't make me cringe. My current boss, before she started the marketing agency she runs now, used to work on designing video games. She realized that every video game is either filled with crude humor and the objectification of women, or is marketed as "girl-friendly" and turns out to be a completely lame game because all the cool shit is marketed to the boys.

It really irritates me, and so I stick mainly to Guitar Hero and Singstar.

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5 comments: to “ Save the fatty!

  • July 24, 2008 at 2:09 AM  

    Fat-hate is everywhere and is often more subtle. Believe me I know. At a Starbucks I ordered a Frapaccino and the person gave it to me without whipped cream without asking. She thought I didn't need it. At a cafe, I ordered a large ice cream. She charge me for and gave me a medium for the same reason, I assume, as the Starbucks person. Not to mention the dirty looks, refusal of socializing with me, etc. etc. etc.

  • July 24, 2008 at 4:44 PM  

    But don't forget... even when a woman's a big old fatty she still needs to be saved by men!!!

    Bleh. And Jen... I know the feeling... I'm not saying I think I'm fat or anything... but once I ordered a macchiato at starbucks... I asked for skim milk. The guy was like "So do you want whipped cream" and I said yes... (cuz I thought it was plain whipped cream from the store that is like 2 calories... little did I know starbucks has their own brand of fat-filled whipped cream). So the guy goes... (in this nasty, judgmental tone)... "Sooo you want skim milk.. but you still want... whipped cream." I yelled at him (half joking but half serious) "YES! don't judge me!"

    haha but really... no one pays you to judge me they pay you to stand behind a register.

  • July 24, 2008 at 5:56 PM  

    Well there are some negative views that are towards women, but you have to get inspiration from more positive powerhouses like Danica Patrick, for example. She is the first female Indy racer champ, and she raced men! Well she beat them and even made a Talk Show Spoof Video, which she might get a REAL show from. See there are still women out there fighting the good fight!

  • July 25, 2008 at 6:35 PM  

    "I'm not saying I think I'm fat or anything"

    The fact that you feel you need to say that as a defense proves the social problem about fatness in this country!

  • July 26, 2008 at 11:54 PM  

    The reason I said that is because I get the "shutup you're not fat" line from my family and friends whenever I say anything about my weight. I didn't say it because I was afraid you would all think I was fat, I said it so that you would know I am not insecure. Also, even though I know most people here don't know what I look like, I didn't want anyone to think that I thought a size 10 was "fat".