It’s not always easy to predict which video games are going to upset people.
One of the games that debuted at last week’s E3 was Sony and Titan Studios’ upcoming PSN title Fat Princess, a cartoony, capture-the-flag game in which the object is to rescue your princess from the enemy’s dungeon. The hook is that the enemy is plumping up your princess with cake, making her more and more difficult to haul back.
It’s cute. It’s colorful. It’s surprisingly bloody. And, from many reports, it’s a lot of fun. But, according to Joystiq, at least two feminist bloggers have taken issue with the fat part of Fat Princess.
Shakesville’s Melissa McEwan says in an open letter to Sony:
[Fat Princess] looks and sounds just adorable—but the only thing I can't figure out is why anyone would want to rescue a fat princess in the first place, since everyone knows that fat girls are unlovable human garbage at whom any sensible bloke would sooner hurl invective than cast a longing glance... I'm positively thrilled to see such unyielding dedication to creating a new generation of fat-hating, heteronormative assholes.
Meanwhile, Feminist Gamers’ Mighty Ponygirl offers her take:
Honestly, the “core game mechanics” are brilliant, and if I didn’t care one whit about the objectification of women or fat-bashing, I would think this was the best thing since… well, Team Fortress 2…
Instead of running out into the forest to find cake to fatten up the princess with, why not go out and find gold (which is a lot heavier than cake) to stuff into a treasure chest. The more gold in the chest, the heavier it would be, and the harder it would be to carry.
Oh, but that’s not as “cute” as cake and fat chicks. Right.
For his part, Titan Studios' art director, James Green, said in an email to Joystiq:
Does it make it better or worse that the concept artist (who designed the look, characters, everything) is a girl?
-Reporting from San Diego, GP Correspondent Andrew Eisen prefers ice cream...