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Sometimes, you CAN take games too seriously

November 27, 2006

Gonzalo Frasca at seriousgamessource took a look at Super Princess Peach and apparently found some disturbing sexist undercurrents in Nintendo’s DS game for girls. According to Frasca:

What is shocking is that from all the possible design options available, the creators of this game had to frame the princess as an emotionally unstable person.

I may be nitpicking, but doesn’t the fact that you can control the princess’ emotions (via the touch screen) mean that the princess is in complete control? Emotional she may be, but unstable, I think not. In fact, I know I’ll be earning girs gamers’ collective ire by saying this, but I think the game’s portrayal of the princess is of a woman who knows how to manipulate her emotions to get exactly what she wants, which isn’t a far cry from how many women act these days.

Political correctness aside, the truth is that men and women have different strengths, and for women, emotions can be a powerful tool. When was the last time your (female) significant other looked at you with puppy dog eyes after an argument, and you couldn’t help but do your best to simply forget about the tiff and move on? Peach does the exact same thing, except when she gets pissed, she “flames on” and toasts her enemies. Women can only wish they had such powers.

Frasca goes out on a limb in his last paragraphs, comparing Mario and Peach’s games, and wondering why Mario has to eat mushrooms in order to get freaking huge or tiny, and even muses on Yoshi’s sexuality (I always thought Yoshi was male but he lays eggs ). My answer regarding the Yoshi matter is that he’s probably asexual, similar to Piccolo in the Dragonball Z series, who could also lay eggs, even though he’s portrayed as a male. As for Mario, what kid hasn’t wanted to grow huge so he could stomp his enemies or create general havoc? Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes imagines that he’s a dinosaur that feeds on innocent people, should we psychoanalyze him as well?

In the end, while he has some interesting points and the article is well worth a read, there are some games that just shouldn’t be taken seriously. Like Cooking Mama, for example. If you’re gonna try to analyze a game, take one like GTA San Andreas at least, even though that’s a tired old horse that’s been whipped too many times over.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2006 3:19 pm

    Just to clarify, Yoshi IS male… What he lays are not eggs! Here’s a hint: he can only produce these so-called “eggs” AFTER ingesting an enemy or a fruit.

    Give up?

    Yep, these are not eggs, but defecation pellets. Dragon crap just happens to be white with color spots. Or haven’t you ever noticed??

  2. November 27, 2006 3:23 pm

    But don’t they hatch? And hasn’t Nintendo callde them eggs in the games or manuals?


  3. Ryuben permalink
    November 27, 2006 3:25 pm

    Are Yoshi and Birdo of the same species?

  4. November 27, 2006 4:41 pm

    Rollin: OF COURSE Nintendo is going to call them “eggs”! Do you actually picture them calling them what they really are on an “E-rated” game?

    Do they “hatch”?? I thought Yoshi used them only as ammunition, which makes perfect sense if they are what I think they are!

  5. November 27, 2006 8:26 pm

    don’t they hatch? shoot, I forget. but you do have a point though. if yoshi ejects after he ingests it probably is shit.

  6. Ryuben permalink
    November 27, 2006 11:11 pm

    I’ll take the shit theory over the alternative.
    (The alternative being Yoshi gets impregnated every time he eats an enemy)

  7. November 27, 2006 11:37 pm

    that’s an interesting theory though. Getting impregnated I mean. And it’s very Japanesey.

  8. November 28, 2006 12:35 am

    The word “Japanesey” is also an interesting theory.

  9. November 28, 2006 2:39 am

    And I guess that pretty much wraps it up for the title of this post!

    (Yes, sometimes we CAN take games TOO seriously!)

  10. November 28, 2006 3:31 am

    LOL nice one invisibleman.

    Japanesey equals = tentacle fucking aliens = dinosaur-like creature getting impregnated upon eating enemy.

  11. November 28, 2006 1:41 pm

    I know, i just like how it sounds.

    The basis of Intendo is all about attacking/differentiating from people who take it too seriously.

  12. frisby permalink
    November 28, 2006 4:12 pm

    Japanesey equals = tentacle fucking aliens = dinosaur-like creature getting impregnated upon eating enemy.


  13. February 23, 2007 4:02 pm

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  14. February 23, 2007 4:45 pm


    Is Chris Japanese??

  15. March 30, 2007 11:25 am

    This has to be the best blog post in Intendo EVER! And best comment thread, too!

    Oh, and on the matter of Mario ingesting mushrooms to get bigger and smaller: that idea was copied from Alice in Wonderland, of course, and as you might have guessed, it refers to some mushrooms’ psychoactive properties.

    Yep, that’s right: Mario is having a trip, baby!!

  16. October 4, 2007 10:15 pm

    And yes, chris is probably a japanese bot.

  17. October 5, 2007 2:11 am

    A plumber on shrooms. Someone should make a dramedy outta that. Submit it to Sundance.

    Chris is a bot, yea. This is one of the more popular spambot posts we have, the most popular being “3 kiis to success”. Don’t visit his webpage.

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