Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

November 20, 2008 -

Earlier this week, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took a bite out of Majesco’s Cooking Mama: World Kitchen. 

To make its point, PETA offered Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals, a parody which features a blood-thirsty Mama coaching the player through slicing and dicing a Thanksgiving turkey (already dead, despite the title).

PETA apparently took issue with the new Wii title's meat-heavy menu, calling the game "so heavy on dishes that are made from dead animals that the only things missing are the blood and gore...

Not surprisingly, Majesco disagrees with that view. Yesterday the game publisher issued a response to PETA:

[Of 51 total recipes] Cooking Mama World Kitchen includes more than 25 vegetarian-friendly recipes including delicious breakfast, dinner, dessert and snack options.  And, while Mama is not a vegetarian, she fully supports the humane treatment of animals, particularly for her canine protégé Max who makes his doggie debut in World Kitchen.

While a press release is not as awesome as responding with a parody flash game of its own, Majesco still had a bit of fun by including a quote from Mama herself:

I would never put rat in my Ratatouille. Like any accomplished cook, I create my recipes to appeal to a broad range of tastes and preferences. My only goal is to ensure you leave the table well fed.

-Reporting from San Diego, GP Correspondent Andrew Eisen is an omnivore…

 


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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Honestly, PETA complains justly and understandably with an informed opinion like... once, or twice, a year.

That they fight and denounce animal cruelty, that is one living being harming another with no point, I'm all for it.

When they complain about a cooking videogame... Does PETA knows the entire species' survival relied, relies, and will rely, on humans killing animals? People fighting the very primal basic nature of our cycle of life are fun to watch.

PETA is a blind-folded loose-canon with a lot of fire in it's heart, methink

 

As for the best pet out there; Cat. Much less upkeep to do than a dog, even though you can always chain the dog and shove him in a doghouse outside yer house. And you can always count on the cat to not piss you off with it's presence if you don't feel like it, unlike a dog, which nearly takes a beating to make it understand "Fuck off! I don't want to play."

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

I don't know what's worse here, PETA for their stupidity, or people here talking about which [cat or dog] makes a better pet.
Clearly people will favor the animal that they like better. Dog people say cats suck, and cat people don't even bother arguing about dogs. ^_^ (Oh snap!)

I'll just put it this way, both cats and dogs are capable of displaying affection towards a person/owner. But its obvious that cats have a wider variety of personality characteristics. Dogs either bark, cry or whine. And most of the time, for no reason at all. Dogs will slober on you (gross) while cats like to "head-but" and pur.

If you miss a dog's feed, it may bark, it may not, but you still don't know if its for food, or because a kid on a bike just passed by.
With a cat, they will drag you to the empty bowl and point out the problem. And if they know where the food is, they can find a way to get to it. I could go on and on about how much more intelligent cats are natually. The suckers learn stuff on their own, and simple things like using a litter box, they just know, its common sense to them. No training.

Dogs just crap anywhere they feel like, and the sad part is, the owner thinks its cute to pick up crap and cary it in a baggy while walking the dog. 

Cats are super entertaining (LOLcats and youtube anyone) and relaxing. Dogs are smelly, loud and obnoxious.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

"LOLcats and youtube anyone"

Sadly YouTube is blocked on the laptop I'm using (it's a school-issued one).

"School content filters = FAIL = *facepalm*"

I'd like to say that again.

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Come on, just sue them for Trademark infringement, it's about time someone did when they make these stupid flash things.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

So uh, am I the only one not forgetting that we, as humans, are just over-glorified animals? lol foodchain. lol natural order. lol except sharks...

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

No, it's just that the rest of us are remembering that humanity as a whole is at the top of the food chain.

-Gray17

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Well, maybe not at the TOP of the chain. But thats another discussion. But we can all agree some humans need to be a few links lower, where they might actually do some good for the animal kingdom...as lunch.

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

...are you freaking kidding me?

Does PETA take issue with every non-vegetarian cookbook?

Really the game shows people how to cook meat, are they really going to say that that will encourage kids to not become vegetarians? Really?

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Everyone knows it's the suffering of cute animals that makes them so tasty! Tofu can't suffer and that's why it's disgusting.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Hey, does PETA consider LOLcats to be animal exploitation as well?

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Since the cats photographed are domesticated, I would say yes.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Why the fuck do they euthanize perfectly healthy animals? Doesn't that sort of defeat the point of rescuing them in the first place, and in the process, destroy their whole message?

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Freedom in life or freedom in death? Perhaps they kill them to 'release' them?

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

"Perhaps they kill them to 'release' them?"

Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

How does it do that?

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

As has been pointed out, PETA has been filmed euthanizing perfectly healthy animals they "Adopted" from local animal shelters. Alot of shelters won't even talk to PETA anymore except to get animals AWAY from them.

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Wow 50% of recipes don't require killing animals to make?

PETA should learn from this game, after all... PETA KILLS 2/3 OF THE ANIMALS IT 'SAVES'...(The last part is a fact. If you suport PETA, DEAL WITH IT)

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Majesco could have been a bit more, you know, mean about it. I don't think anyone would say it was too harsh.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Because being cute, witty with your retort is a brilliant way of counter-attacking. Imagine an angry old-man's rants getting pwned by a little girl's matter-of-fact response - that's how Majesco looked to me.   

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

I regularly email PETA pictures of myself wearing my Maddox-made "For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three" T-shirt while enjoying a steak, cheeseburger, or plate of lambchops.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

They probably have your e-mail address blocked by now.

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Nice. Have a cookie.

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

PETA has it's heart in the right place, but they are just as self-righteous and annoying as a fundie Christian.  It's all black and white to them, with no room for compromise or foresight.  And it's disturbing that such an organization play the "aganist nature" card without taking a look at nature herself.

Ok, so a dog is a "slave" huh?  Why, because it follows you and obeys your commands?  Canines are pack-oriented animals.  In your dog's eyes you and anyone else that lives with you is his/her pack.  As the owner, you are the alpha (or you should be if you raised the dog properly).  Packs operate in a strict hierarchy, which means when the alpha says "go" the rest of the pack moves.  This doesn't mean it's ok to torture the animal or beat it or anything like that.  However nor is a dog a "slave" because it follows you around.  For all their talk about getting back attuned with "nature", PETA wants you to humanize the animal so that it's an "equal".  Well a dog's natural instincts don't agree with that idea.  Worse thing you can do to a pet is treat it like a human.

Now let's say theoretically we all released our pets into the wild so they aren't "slaves" anymore.  You have any idea how many dogs would die as a result?  (Cats would fare much better).  Disease, exposure, food, and wild predators would lead to the death of lots of dogs.  In fact many breeds of dogs would probably go extinct as a result.  The only breeds that would have a good shot at survival would be medium, medium-large breeds such as Shepherds.  Small breed dogs lack the strength and speed to do well in the wild.  Likewise large breeds such as a Mastiff require a lot more food to sustain themselves, an amount that they would be hard press to find especially if they grouped up in a pack.  Also large breeds are pretty slow themselves 'cause of all the weight they have to pull.

A similar thing would happen to the cows if we suddenly released them.  Disease would take a large bulk of them out real quick but the predators would have a walking buffet waiting for them.  And for the record bears, wolves, cougars, and other such predators don't give a damn about humanly killing animals.  Hell wolves practically make their prey choke on their own blood.

Excuse the rant, but PETA reminds me of so many other extreme organizations in that there seems to be very little thought in their arguments.  For all their talk about the "natural" way they seem to forget one key fact; nature is f'n cruel.

 

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

Tea and cake or death! Tea and cake or death! Little Red Cook-book! Little Red Cook-book!

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

 Ya my uncle raised his dog treating it like a pack animal. He's even got the little things down like feeding the dog only after the rest of the family has eaten; just as the heads of the pack always eat first... She's very loyal and loving... no doubt that if they tried to release her to wild she would just come running back

really, it's hard to see pets as "slaves" when the seem to love the way they live so much... last i check, wagging their tails and panting was a sign that a dog was really happy

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Yeah, same here. That and when I was a kid my twin and I'd wrestle with our dogs, so they saw us first as pups, then as higher members in the Pack. And theres nothing like seeing a bulldog carrying a pair of twins on his back like they were oak leaves, and "grinning" the entire time.

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Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Pretty much exactly how that group in Futurama was. They stated they "trained" a lion to eat tofu, and when it was brought it it was coughing and emaciated.

I wouldn't put it past PETA to try the same crap.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

My sentiments exactly, too often these pro-animal groups think that nature is somehow much kinder and gentler than humans when it's far fromt that. It reminds me of Madagascar the movie when they finally get to the jungle, that portion cracked me up :P

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

You forgot how the Felines take their prey. Most of them either suffocate their prey by clamping the windpipe in their teeth.(If the don't pierce the vein) Or simply break it's neck and eat. As any doctor can tell you, a Broken neck isn't always (Or even most of the time) instantly fatal. So the prey is still alive when the meal begins.

But yeah Peta does need a reminder thet Nature isn't all sunlight and rainbows. Whats that saying...Oh yeah "RED IN TOOTH AND CLAW"

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Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

 I recall once seeing a short video on like youtube of a predator eating its prey, and there were signs that the prey looked like it was still alive... and it was big prey so you can imagine the meal would take a while to finish

Nature is can be very cruel on its own

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Actually, Cruelty has a human heart. What we perceive as cruel, is just their nature for those animals. They don't have a conscience nagging on them for it.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama


What is this "conscience" you speak of?

Seriously though, we are only partly conscience of what we do, if we were fully conscience people would be able to see the smaller picture, bigger picture and everything between all at the same moment and be able to make a lot better judgments than they do.  Hence PETA exists... 


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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama


PETA kills 2/3's of the animals they get in for one reason or another, and their methods are no different than other places.  After you state that, they shut up pretty quick.

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

top of the food chain represent

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

sup meatavore brosef

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Take that, eco-terrorists!

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! -The Buck Stops Here.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

When I was in college (Rutgers), I also worked full-time.  One of the places I went to lunch often was next to a Fur Store.  For much of the semesters, there would be RU students (fully indoctinated by PETA) spending their days standing in front of the store protesting it. 

These eleitist college assholes (all in their early 20's) had all the time in the world to protest fur during business hours- mostly because their mommy and daddy paid for school and they didn't have to work.  Meanwhile, real people were spending their days actually working and contributing to society.  Who the hell did these snot-nosed children think they were?  Despite being barely over 21-22, they called themselves "enlightned".  Whatever.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

I liked the grease trucks there. Mmm Mmm Good. :P

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

The stupidity of higher learning, eh?

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! -The Buck Stops Here.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Stupidity?  Not really, since I'm sure many of those kids managed to graduate.  It's more like arrogance, since they tended to believe they had all the answers to life despite barely being adults.  In fact, since they didn't have to work for a living yet (parents usually paid for college), they had little idea what the world is really about.  Most of the college vegan/PETA kids I went to school with had TONS of free time on their hands.  Other students who actually had to work hard to pay for school/living expenses did not have such luxury.

My favorite term that they used was "Enlightened".  To call yourself "enlightened" at any age, let alone your early 20's is just plain foolish.  I'm in my 30's (and did quite a bit in life), and still don't feel anywhere near the point of having seen or known it all...

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

I think the term enlightened should only be used by

A. Buddhists

B. People who seriously practice meditation (like A)

or

C. People who have just had an epiphany

And the term should not be thrown around a lot.

And yeah there might be a D option that I forgot to include but it surely isn't 'people who were convinced to change their views'.

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

I mean, if you've gotta complain about something, a cooking game is probably not the best place to start.

When playing Fallout 3, who did not take pleasure from Fist-o-ing a Molerat?

When playing Pokémon, who did not selectively breed, catch, and slaughter to find the best-statted creature?

When playing (Generic RPG) who did not grind on thousands of cute woodland creatures?

But really, cooking games are going to turn the populace into blood-lusting savages.

Things like this are foolish.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

I don't think Mole Rats and Yao Guai count as cute woodland creatures

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Yao Guai were originally bears, if I recall correctly.  Of course, neither are very cute anymore.  But they certainly shut the fuck up when you pop em in the head.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

"-Reporting from San Diego, GP Correspondent Andrew Eisen is an omnivore..."

Excellent find, Andrew! This just made my day!

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

PETA = facepalm

If you're a vegetarian (or whatever) that's fine but don't blow things out of proportion. I'm all for ethical treatment of animals but it hurts your cause when you stupid **** like this.

Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

"PETA = PicardPalm"

Seconded.

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

School content filters = FAIL = *facepalm*

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Re: Majesco Bites Back at PETA Attack on Cooking Mama

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

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What kind of pics do you use when you do that? I keep using PNGs and JPEGs and they don't work.

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