Team Meat (developers Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes) have responded to PETA’s Super Meat Boy parody game on their official blog, saying that, while he sympathizes with the organization’s cause, he takes issue with some of what their game, Super Tofu Boy, takes liberties with. Edmund McMillen thanked PETA for giving his little indie game a dramatic push, though he does not appreciate that they do not understand just what Super Meat Boy really is:
"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 whose name is Meat Boy.. but sshh don’t tell them that."
He goes on to say that he has nothing against the Vegan lifestyle, and as a former animal control officer, he has seen firsthand what cruelty to animals looks like. He adds that it is tough to take an organization seriously that compares "concentration camps to chicken coops."
You can read the whole thing here and check out the Super Meat Boy twitter feed for some further amusement. On a related note, Joystiq reports that Team Meat plans to release Super Tofu Boy as a downloadable character in the next Super Meat Boy PC patch. Super Meat Boy is available on Xbox Live Arcade and on Steam.
Thanks to Andrew Eisen for the original story and Erik for the Joystiq link.