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Super Meat Boy developer Team Meat has just updated the PC version of the platformer to include Tofu Boy as a playable character. If you haven’t been following the juicy drama, a rivalry between Team Meat and PETA blew up after the animal rights organization released Super Tofu Boy, a scathing Flash game parody of the original, which encourages a meat-free diet.

It turns out that PETA played right into Team Meat’s hands. “First off I want to thank Peta for helping us turn Super Meat Boy into a house hold name and of course for making themselves look quite foolish in the process,” said Team Meat’s Edmund McMillen in an official response concerning PETA’s release of the game parody.

To play as Tofu Boy in the Steam version of Super Meat Boy, type in ‘petaphile’ on the character select screen. You’ll hear an unlock sound if the cheat was successful. Select Meat Boy, and you’ll get to play as Tofu Boy.


Above: If you’d like to try PETA’s Super Tofu Boy, you can play it for free here 

McMillen’s official response to PETA’s release of Super Tofu Boy:

So as many of you know, the famed Peta organization took time out of their schedule to make a parody of Super Meat Boy, Super Tofu Boy. Honestly this is a major high point for me personally.

Putting all my cards on the table right now, I actually repeatedly made fake user names in Peta's forum pushing the game at them in hopes something like this would happen, but gave up realizing that Peta wouldn't ever put effort into something "meat related" that was so small and unknown, that's exactly why this parody is so important and eye opening for us.

Peta is 1000 times more well known then Super Meat Boy and the fact that they went out of their way to make a parody like this is beyond flattering and amazingly helpful.

First off I want to thank Peta for helping us turn Super Meat Boy into a house hold name and of course for making themselves look quite foolish in the process... see (as mentioned in countless interviews) Meat Boy isn't made of animal meat, he's simply a boy without skin whos name is Meat Boy.. but sshh don't tell them that.

Now dont get me wrong, i have NOTHING against Vegans or Vegetarians. I was Vegetarian for many years, and was an animal control officer who saved animals for a living for a long time, i empathize, understand and accept why people choose to eat, and live as they wish, and obviously i believe everyone should have the freedom to express themselves in anyway as long as it doesn't hurt others.

But.

I dont support an organization who is 100% against all animal testing, because that would mean my best friend in the world would be dead, not to mention his mother and many of my family members and friends who also are diabetic (animal testing is important).

But you came here to read about video games and flame wars via twitter so ill leave you with this.

Its hard to make a come back to a company that is high brow enough to compare concentration camps to chicken coops.. but ill try and close this with a joke that's a bit more light hearted.

How many Peta members does it take to change a lightbulb?....
None, Peta can't change anything.


[Source: Super Meat Boy Blog]

Dec 2, 2010



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28 comments

  • KevlarTurban - December 3, 2010 10:37 p.m.

    I dated a vegan girl once upon a time in high school. I was subjected to the horror videos that PETA releases, and I agree that some of the tests are seriously fucked up. But some testing, like the tests referred to in the official statement that help develop Insulin, a seriously life saving drug that has helped millions of people life a semi normal life, is perfectly fine with me. I'm no scientician, but am I wrong in taking comfort in knowing that if something horrible happens to me or my family that certain procedures or medications that were derived from animal testing may save their life? I don't like what happens in some of these tests, but hell I also do not like US Soldiers being blown up by IEDs. But the fact remains that the sacrifice of the few help the many. And that is why I think I would make a great Ms. America.
  • DoctorCrazy - December 3, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    Greatest thing ever.
  • RAYZOR12 - December 3, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    Hahaha! Congratulations Team Meat. This is the most PERFECT retaliation. XD
  • xlyesterdaylx - December 3, 2010 3:41 p.m.

    Super meat boy 2, PETA 0.
  • 510BrotherPanda - December 3, 2010 2:48 p.m.

    Sure, I dislike the mistreatment of animals in slaughterhouses, and that Team Meat is being jerk to PETA for this. But it's not enough to dissuade me from eating beef, pork, chicken, bison, etc. I just made curry chicken today, anyhow.
  • stuicide - December 3, 2010 10:37 a.m.

    '(animal testing is important)' give it two seconds for them to take that part of his statement and make him look like a heartless monster.
  • JosefMotley - December 3, 2010 9:49 a.m.

    i was having a good chuckle over this up till this statement: "I dont support an organization who is 100% against all animal testing, because that would mean my best friend in the world would be dead, not to mention his mother and many of my family members and friends who also are diabetic (animal testing is important)." - which is utter, utter bullshit. animal testing has no conclusive results whatsoever, and even if it did, torturing thousands of animals to save a few humans doesn't appeal to me. there's enough humans in the world as it is (6 billion and counting), let natural selection pick off the weak or evolution will get nowhere. wow that was a tangent and a half. but seriously. PETA are knee-jerk reactionary idiots and i was all for siding with mr.meat boy (and laughing hard over the revelation he's not even really made of meat) and thinking don't PETA have better things to spend their money / time on anyway... but perpetuating the MYTH that animal testing has done anything for us whatsoever is disgusting. fuck both sides of this petty feud, frankly.
  • Myrmidon - December 3, 2010 9:14 a.m.

    http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/3246/1289837936170.gif I'm just going to leave this right here. *adjusts tie*
  • Hammerburst - December 3, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    This was honestly, one of the funniest things I have ever read. Period. I loved super meat boy, Then I went and played tofu boy, and it actually seemed like a quality expansion pack! Thanks PETA, for raising awareness of SMB!
  • AlpineGuy - December 3, 2010 6:03 a.m.

    Bravo, Team Meat! *claps* An additional bravo should also be awarded to Ms. Gudmundson and Tommy Tallarico. While I'm with the meat-lovers on this one, Tallarico's statement has given the other side a better defense than PETA could ever hope to accomplish on their own. (By the way, Tallarico does Video Games Live, which is a fantastic show if anyone ever gets the chance to go!)
  • zayleffein - December 3, 2010 5:14 a.m.

    GR you should do a review of PETA's game. I would love to hear what you think of it :)
  • Fenny12 - December 3, 2010 4:38 a.m.

    So, so much win. I love this guy.
  • Spybreak8 - December 3, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    Oh man gotta love the dev's sense of humor. Yeah free advertising man!
  • TouringMedal2 - December 3, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    Tofu boy is by far the best character in meat boy JK
  • KnightDehumidifier - December 3, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    I'm imagining that when he said that burn at the end, a microphone dropped from his hand with a roaring audience deafening the reverb.
  • AnonymouZ - December 3, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    I loved Ed's Robot Diaries. They made me and my siblings gross out and laugh out loud many a nights (i would only read them one at a time)
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - December 3, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    Sorry for the double post, but one more thing: "Putting all my cards on the table right now, I actually repeatedly made fake user names in Peta's forum pushing the game at them in hopes something like this would happen" I would really like to see those forum posts! People seem to be aggressively hating on peta, but this guy admits to instigating the whole thing. I agree PETA can often be the animal rights equivalent to an internet troll, but this guy is just as bad if he purposely flame-baited them.
  • batmanboy11 - December 3, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    This is the only parody of a parody that is actually funny. @GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson I agree, Tommy's statement was well put.
  • ACGUY - December 3, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    Tom Phlup would be proud....
  • Vitreosity - December 3, 2010 1:58 a.m.

    Alright, at first, Developer of the Year was Blizzard for SCII in my books. But JUST because of this, I think Team Meat beat them 100 fold :3

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