Tuesday, March 25, 2008

I am constantly finding things on the Web that piss me off. This is another one of them:

Salon.com: A new form of BYOB

Fast-forward to 2008, and check out this latest online game soaring in popularity with British and French preteens: Miss Bimbo. Trust me when I say it's no Oregon Trail.

Instead, girls adopt their own "bimbos" (which look sort of like anime characters) and compete to become the "hottest, coolest, most famous bimbo ever!" And how does one do such things? Well, first you have to find a cool place to live and a "fun job to pay for your needs and all the clothes a bimbo could possibly want." Then you should probably "become a socialite and skyrocket to the top of fame and popularity" and date a "famous hottie." But everyone knows that hotties don't like fat girls, so make sure to keep your weight down, and even consider "resort[ing] to meds or plastic surgery" as you "stop at nothing to become the reigning bimbo!"

[...] a group of parents and healthcare experts are condemning the game, which pushes girls to provide their characters with diet pills and get boob jobs [...].

I can't believe that people actually create this stuff and market it to children. It is really sick.

To which the game's founders, Nicholas Jacquart and Chris Evans, basically say, "Lighten up!" "It is not a bad influence for children," Jacquart is quoted as saying. "They learn to take care of their bimbos. The missions and goals for the bimbos are morally sound and teach children about the real world." Wait, wait, it gets better: "If they eat too much chocolate in the game, it is bad for their bimbos' bodies and their happiness levels compared to if they eat fruit and vegetables, which reinforces positive healthy messages."

Note that the game's founders are both men. Also, if the game is meant to promote good health:

a) Why is it pro-plastic surgery?
b) Why does it say that "hotties don't like fat girls"?

Level 7: "After you broke up with your boyfriend you went on an eating binge! Now it's time to diet ... your target weight is less than 132 lbs."

Level 9: "Have a nip and tuck operation for a brand new face. You've found work as a plus-size model. To gain those vivacious curves, you need to weigh more than 154 lbs."

Level 11: "Bigger is better! Have a breast operation."

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