Yesterday the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, released a vegan themed flash game called Super Tofu Boy, attempting to take a playful jab at Super Meat Boy. Today, the developer of Meat Boy has responded to the dig, not by threatening the non-profit with legal action, but by announcing that Tofu Boy will be added as a downloadable character to PC version of the game with the next patch. Since XBLA games can't be patched in a similar way, the new character will be limited to the PC only.
In a posting on SuperMeatBoy.com, Team Meat's Edmund McMillen claimed that it has long been his hope that PETA would take a stance against his game, even going so far as to admit to spamming the group's forums. "I actually repeatedly made fake user names in Peta's forum pushing the game at them in hopes something like this would happen, but gave up realizing that Peta wouldn't ever put effort into something 'meat related' that was so small and unknown, that's exactly why this parody is so important and eye opening for us."
McMillen goes on to point out that although his name is Meat Boy, he is in fact a real boy without skin, ostensibly negating any impact of PETA's supposed problem with the game. Although, as many will doubtlessly point out, PETA has a history of taking stands against everything, which has had the effect of diluting almost every position they've taken. As McMillen jokes on the post - How many PETA members does it take to change a light bulb? None, PETA can't change anything!