Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sony's New Video Game-"Fat Princess!?"

Hey New Moon Girls!
Do any of you like video games? I know I do once in a while, but I find this new one created by Sony too be very offensive.
The game sounds intriguing enough- you and your teammates battle another team in what’s meant to be a comic medieval battle. The goal is to rescue a princess from a dungeon and bring her back safely. Each of the two teams has a princess on either side that needs rescuing. However your enemy, has been stuffing her with pastries, so she gains weight and it’s harder for your army to carry her back across the battlefield. You can do this to your enemy’s princess as well. The princess can grow to be at least twice her usual size (pictured above), and this is why the game is called “Fat Princess.”

Being overweight is unhealthy and can lead to a number of health problems. I feel like Sony is making a joke out of overeating and obesity by creating a game where the object on one side of the team is to force a girl to gain weight and be “too fat” so your opponent will lose. It’s supposed to be “comical” how enlarged the princess can become, yet I don’t think overeating or weight problems is a laughing matter.
Many feminists are upset over the game claiming it “furthers inappropriate gender stereotypes” and continues a culture of ridicule that many obese people have to endure.

James Green, the lead art director for “Fat Princess” asks “Does it make it better or worse that the concept artist (who designed the look, characters, everything) is a girl?”

I feel like it shouldn’t matter whether or not the game was created by a man or a woman, it is still an offensive game either way. Just because a woman created it doesn’t undermine the feminist critiques of it.
What do you girls think about this game? Do you find it offensive? Would you still play it?

1 comment:

Ginger said...

I can't believe something like that would be made into a game! I agree, being overweight is not a laughing matter. People who weigh more than others, but not to the point of unhealth, that's fine. Nobody should judge them for that. I also don't like how the princess is described as 'fat' only. THe game is called 'Fat Princess' as if that is her only feature. ALSO, I don't like how its always the princess needs rescuing. Can't princesses take care of themselves? Grrr!