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Sony's Fat Princess

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumJul 29, 2008 5:02 PM

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When this hit my inbox, I thought it was a bad joke:

She's plump, powerful and ready to cause more controversy than "SuperSize Me." She's Fat Princess, the star of Sony's upcoming video game of the same name. Debuting at last week's E3 expo, the colorful Fat Princess is a capture-the-flag game with a twist: you can thwart capture attempts by locking the once-thin princess in a dungeon and stuffing her full of cake, thereby increasing her girth and making her harder for your enemies to haul back to home base.

Games have sure changed since the days I played Nintendo and I'm wondering whether this is reflective of a broadly altered cultural mindset. Check out detailed commentary on Fat Princess' debut from Liss at Shakesville, Holly at Feministe, and Mighty Ponygirl at Feminist Gamers. Of course, I've no doubt many will argue 'it's just a game,' but I'm honestly not convinced. Are readers?

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