Monday, November 14, 2011
"Mario Kills Tanooki"
, PETA came out to protest the 3D remake of Super Mario Land 3, because of the raccoon-dog (or "Tanooki". It's a Japanese thing.) Suit that Mario uses in some games to glide through the air. They feel, apparently, that this will only lead to increased Tanooki trapping and skinning, which is apparently a thing already.
Now, it's okay to be against hunting or trapping (even though I think it's fine). I can also see how someone would string together pretty flimsy logic to say that kids who play the game might decide they want to fly, and they'd try to trap and skin a Tanooki themselves.
What appalls me is the next step PETA took.
Some psychopath decided to create the game Mario Kills Tanooki
in order to get their point across further. This game plays a little bit like Robot Unicorn Attack, you chase Mario and the only button you can press is Jump to get over obstacles. The landscape is hellish and soaked in blood. Your sprite is a Tanooki with bits of its skin ripped off and Mario is flying above in the suit, dripping blood. (NSFW speech coming up, reproduced for authenticity) The object of the game is to catch Mario who is flying above, and when you finally catch him it says "Fuck You Mario, this is my skin!" in big flashing letters.
This some seriously twisted stuff. Kids don't picture this kind of thing when they play Super Mario (in fact, they're aware that his outfit is obviously A COSTUME, a fact that apparently escapes fully functional adults), this is something that only adults could come up with. I'll write a post later this week about what parents don't understand about video games. I know which game that *I'd* rather have my kids play, but it scares the crap out of me that someone out there thinks PETA's version is more appropriate.
I did a bit of looking, and one site I stumbled into claimed the raccoon dog as an endangered species. We have those animals in Finland. They are among the most common roadkills, especially during the fall you can't drive that many kilometers on any country road without seeing at least one carcass. They were moved here about a hundred years ago, as fur animals, and at least here they are doing extremely well. Not even close to an endangered status, rather the opposite.
So now I'm wondering if they, or some specific local variation of them, actually are endangered somewhere, that site had false information or was spreading false propaganda in an effort to scare the clueless from buying the fur.
Nothing new here. PETA abandoned sanity and reality both long ago.
Amen to everything in your post.
P.S. How is Skyrim?
Skyrim is awesome! There were many improvements on Oblivion, I might review it later in the week.
The only part of your post I take issue with is the characterization of the people in PETA as "fully functional."
There is a psychological defense mechanis called "projection," in which you imagine that your bad mood/fantasies/plans are what must be happening in someone else. In extreme forms, it leads to paranoids and antisocials believing they are under attack and striking back against innocents.
Something like that here. That PETA can only imagine that another's POV must come from bloodthirstiness and need to torment may tell us more about them than their opponents. (See also, the beliefs that guns make you violent, religion makes you dependent, or making money makes you selfish.)
I thought Skyrim looked good. An improvement over Oblivion, you say? I'm sold. Of course, I'd welcome your review as well.