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.
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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