You may have heard by now that Fat Princes has rocked the gaming world by daring to put a fat person into a game. Not just into the game mind you, but as a target that people want to chase. This has apparently made some people mad. Feminists have denounced the game as offensive and “Fat hating”. Here’s what I don’t get, the target is to save the “fat person” and to keep them fed. I could understand if it was setup like smear the queer and you’re objective was to maim the fatty in any way possible.
The feminine stereotype issue? What that a woman is a princess? Would you like the ability to change the model into a fat friar and reinforce the Robin hood stereotype that men of the cloak are over indulging fat men? Would people even be complaining if it were a man? Unfortunately, I think not.
One blogger wrote: “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”. Well then how is it a fat hating game? There are no skinny Paris Hilton type models running around that gain you double points. You save the fat princess, not the Skinny Rail Princess. It seems to me that this particular writer has some own issues in assuming right off the bat that everyone believes that (again I quote) “fat girls are unlovable human garbage at whom any sensible bloke would sooner hurl invective than cast a longing glance”. This game doesn’t suggest that in the slightest. The following quote, I will concede the point on.
“I sure hope there’s a clever dénouement like the Fat Princess magically becoming thin once she’s rescued! ‘Cuz that would rock, yo!”
Now is this were to happen, then yes, I would have to agree that it’s offensive. We dont’ know if it will happen (and I can’t say it isn’t likely to). Until then though, everyone just needs to see the game as what it really appears to be. A Battle Royale style capture the flag game in which your target happens to be a fat princess.
What are your thoughts? Drop em in comments.