First off, look at the environment PETA created in this game. They took a classic Nintendo character, and literally incorporated hell into his game play. Kids can easily find this. They’re smarter than people give them credit for. If some kid found this (because you know they did), how happy would a parent be? My guess, they’d be livid. Especially after the end screen. As if kids, or anyone, doesn’t know the message is “fuck you Mario”
Secondly, this game (Mario Brothers 3) came out in 1990. Kids born that year are now legal to drink, so why NOW, does PETA care about it? Is it because they’re all technologically impaired and only now coming around to classic video games? HAHA…not at all. It’s because some ass in a board room thought it would be a great way to get their name in the news. The idea probably went like this.
“Let’s take a classic character that people love, make him look like the devil, piss on people’s happy childhood memories, make it interactive, and success!!! People are talking about PETA in some way.”
Finally, look at the way they depict Mario at the side of the screen. A vicious looking person, holding a raccoon head.
Now as an Italian American from Brooklyn, I can claim that PETA is trying to depict my background in a negative light. But you know what? I’m not going to.
You can’t fight ignorant craziness. It would be an ongoing, losing battle. So I brush it off, because what they say, has no real impact on anyone with half a brain.
PETA will do a lot of good from here on out. Sadly, they’re also going to do a lot of stupid things to get their message out there. I have a feeling that one day they’re going to go too far. As a result, they’ll lose their following, and the original goal to help animals will fall by the wayside. Here’s to hoping.
On a personal note, I may not like PETA very much, but I sure as hell like them more than Michael Vick.