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Cutey Fatty: Slimming Sim or Diet Riot?
September 6th 2002, 04:26 CEST by m0nty

One of the more interesting games shown at the recent ECTS show was Cutey Fatty from Korean developer Wecom, a "scrolling shooter" which hearkens back to the halcyon days of the C64 when game concepts were refreshingly ridiculous.

There is a girl names 'Cutey Fatty' weighs over 100kg but she really wants to be a super model. So she has to lose weight fighting her favourite foods around the town. Her enemies are hamburgers, chocolate cookies and ice creams and so on. She should defeat the enemies and lose weights with getting vegetables and fruits in every stage. While the game playing, the scale is indicating her real time weights and she can lose weight more easily with intensive exercises if she finds secret door. And Toto her pretty dog helps to defeat the enemies.

C&VG previewed it rather sheepishly, including some screenshots but misspelling the dev firm's name as Wacom (perhaps confusing them with the tablet manufacturers). There are precious few other articles about it available on the Web. The CEO of Wecom is a lad by the name of Kim WonHyuk, and a splash screen from Hexus Gaming gives a taste of the anime-inspired artwork. Wecom's only other gaming credit that I can find is an arcade conversion of the game Her Knights from the Korean handheld gaming machine Gamepark GP32, mentioned in passing here. This gives a hint of the heritage of Wecom in the GP32 market, further discussed on the front page of Hexus, a GBA-type device featuring cutesy anime girl-oriented titles like Princess Maker and dating sim Therapy.

There is no questioning the silliness of the premise of this game, but gaming is full of titles with stupid starting ideas. A monkey in a ball, I mean really. Two plumbers saving a princess, how gauche. There are many games which, while absurd on the outside, are carefully abstracted from real life psychological events: it could be argued that RPGs are thinly veiled allegories for a teenager's rite of passage, for instance.

Is Cutey Fatty an inconsequential piece of frippery, or do feminists have to mount their high horses to defend the sisterhood against negative body imagery? Eating ice-creams and other sweet foods was the object in many platformers like Bubble Bobble, so is it such a crime to turn that cliche on its head? Do game developers have to resort to such obvious emotional manipulation to reach that all-important teen female demographic? Is this another beachhead made by Asian developers in their quest to make the world safe for hentai? What are the supar sekrit codes to unlock the bonus tenacle rape level?
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#1 by BobJustBob
2002-09-06 04:31:46
It looks like a fairly average game with an unusual backstory. Next.

So there.
#2 by Charles
2002-09-06 04:32:46
www.bluh.org
What?

"'Halo 2' is a lot like 'Halo', only it's 'Halo' on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas," explained Jason Jones, the head of Bungie Studios, "and the ninjas are all on fire, too."
#3 by m0nty
2002-09-06 04:34:10
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
It's about time the Koreans started exporting from their wildly successful gaming industry. I await to see what their cultural contribution to gaming shall be, in the hope that it's more than reflecting the Western obsession with dieting back at them.
#4 by Charles
2002-09-06 04:34:48
www.bluh.org
And a hijack:

a Canadian Senate committee has recommended the legalization of marijuana.

Read more here.

"'Halo 2' is a lot like 'Halo', only it's 'Halo' on fire, going 130 miles per hour through a hospital zone, being chased by helicopters and ninjas," explained Jason Jones, the head of Bungie Studios, "and the ninjas are all on fire, too."
#5 by LPMiller
2002-09-06 04:59:02
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Is Cutey Fatty an inconsequential piece of frippery, or do feminists have to mount their high horses to defend the sisterhood against negative body imagery?

Or is Monty pretending to be a sensitive male again?

Actually, fat people should be offended too.  This is really kind of a crass idea for a game...unlike say, GTA3.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#6 by Greg
2002-09-06 05:04:22
Yay for pot!

And I'm not that far from Canada.

Who is driving car?! Oh my god, bear is driving car! How can that be?
#7 by m0nty
2002-09-06 05:06:49
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
I'm not pretending, I am sensitive. Would you like it if the game was called Nerdy Fatty and it was about a boy who looked like you, fighting candy bars and Magic cards in an effort to stave off becoming Comic Book Guy?
#8 by Your Friend
2002-09-06 05:09:52

Would you like it if the game was called Nerdy Fatty and it was about a boy who looked like you, fighting candy bars and Magic cards in an effort to stave off becoming Comic Book Guy?


heh that would be a cool game.
#9 by Warren Marshall
2002-09-06 05:11:04
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
I'm not pretending, I am sensitive. Would you like it if the game was called Nerdy Fatty and it was about a boy who looked like you, fighting candy bars and Magic cards in an effort to stave off becoming Comic Book Guy?

Talk about immersion!  That's the holy grail ...

"It's pretty common for pussies, dumbasses, and their families to blame their problems on vague influences like the media and society. The truth is, fuck you."
#10 by BobJustBob
2002-09-06 05:15:59
Fat people should take the energy that they spend being offended, and instead use that energy exercising.

So there.
#11 by LPMiller
2002-09-06 05:16:50
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
It would help if I was A) fat, B) liked candy, C) had magic cards, and D) wasn't quite a few years past being a boy. Otherwise, no.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#12 by Greg
2002-09-06 05:20:23
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Keith: Today we are hunting one of the most feared creatures...

Tony: ... the dangerous Idea Man!

Keith: Three years ago, an Idea Man had the guts to attack a hunting party of 10!

Tony: Only 2 of us survived!

Keith: Yeah, lucky that. Now we take our revenge!

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Who is driving car?! Oh my god, bear is driving car! How can that be?
#13 by Bailey
2002-09-06 05:29:18
I dunno, the game looks kinda cute/funny to me, and I got a beergut. Maybe a game is just a game.

[/sarcasm]
#14 by HiredGoons
2002-09-06 05:51:49
At least it's a change from an overimplanted bimbo archaelogist.
#15 by m0nty
2002-09-06 05:53:20
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
LPMiller (#11):
It would help if I was A) fat, B) liked candy, C) had magic cards, and D) wasn't quite a few years past being a boy. Otherwise, no.

OK then, how about Journo Drunko, where you fight giant keys with Control, C and V on them, and the end boss is a bottle of that vodka you all go on about?
#16 by Matthew Gallant
2002-09-06 05:56:00
http://www.truemeaningoflife.com
And they laughed when I pitched "one part Tomb Raider/one part Burgertime" at EA.

"Is the internet making people less intelligent?"
"You mean like how video cameras cause thrown objects to hit men in the crotch?"
#17 by Your Friend
2002-09-06 06:01:41
Bingin' Purgin' Revolution, starring Bulimia Betty, now with special projectile vomit attack.
#18 by Foodbunny
2002-09-06 06:04:02
foodbunny@attbi.com http://www.foodbunny.com
There's a fairly thin line between offensive and so stupid it's hilarious for me.  I think this falls into hilarious territory.

Come back!  You're not a freak, you're just stupid!
#19 by jafd
2002-09-06 06:10:59
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000033180
The part that offends me, is that she "wants to be a supermodel," not, "wants to stop being a big fucking lazy pig."

Dunno if that is accurate at all, as I've only heard of this game via this topic, but... well, whatever. Compared to the rest of the insanity infesting the world, this is pretty tame.

Boot to the head! (SH-ZOOMP!)
#20 by Post-It
2002-09-06 07:33:57
keithlee@speakeasy.net
Seriously, who voted this in?

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#21 by Creole Ned
2002-09-06 07:34:43
Morn's kitten.

"I don't bemoan the great paste" - LPMiller
#22 by Max
2002-09-06 07:59:00
http://massivebraincase.org/
Morn's kitten is the...

"In two weeks they are patching in pet racing and pet boxing.  I hope to have turned Bailey into a killing machine by then.  We'll see." -Foodbunny
#23 by BabiG
2002-09-06 08:17:37
cutest fatty kitten.

Don't Panic.
#24 by crash
2002-09-06 08:49:52
what are the powerups? copies of Cosmo, cans of Ultra Slim-Fast, a treadmill, and a StairMaster? and the mini-bosses are going to be what? Swimsuit season, Back to School, and the dreaded FULL LENGTH MIRROR OMG! jesus wept.

yeah, it might be funny. might. Panty Raider might have been funny, too. and Panty Raider was made by an American company for an American audience. i find it... somewhat of a stretch for other cultures to "maek teh funnay" with other cultures' humor "rules".

i mean, damn, the French apparently think Jerry Lewis is Comedy Gold, and from what i understand David Hasselhoff is quite the heartthrob in Germany.

*shrug*

could work, i suppose. bet it won't.

By this time tomorrow we can be doing BODY SHOTS off HOOKERS in some MEXICAN HELLHOLE
#25 by Bailey
2002-09-06 08:52:58
If there's anything the soul-grindingly depressing years of "America's Funniest Whatevers" have taught us, it is that fat people = funny. I believe this, much like universal language of syphillis, (which Bob Saget is also a proponent of) transcends all cultural and language barriers.

[/sarcasm]
#26 by Cliff
2002-09-06 14:19:47
cps46@rcn.com
I'm contemplating the sheer horror of wave after wave of Sagets.

#27 by Ashiran
2002-09-06 14:38:41
I'm contemplating the sheer joy of shooting all of them.

Online gaming? Frustration commences.
#28 by Bezzy
2002-09-06 14:52:47
painberry@hotmail.com http://www.antifactory.org
This game kicked ass. I mean, yeah. It's another shooter. But it was perfectly fun.

And there's a button mashing side game that I owned at, since I can vibrate individual parts of my body at will.

The best way to create an award winning game is to write the acceptance speech first.
#29 by Cliff
2002-09-06 14:56:12
cps46@rcn.com
The real meat I'm getting from this topic: the GP32 is sweet -- designed to write your own games.  I still haven't forgiven Casio for giving in to Microsoft's PPC2k2 centered gamepad.

#30 by LPMiller
2002-09-06 15:07:29
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Have we spent so much time making fun of the french for liking Jerry Lewis, we no longer realize he is in fact a comedy genius?

I believe I can fly......urk.
#31 by m0nty
2002-09-06 15:34:32
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Yeah, I was going to mention that too. Jerry Lewis pwns j00.
#32 by Warren Marshall
2002-09-06 15:36:00
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Quietly weeping...

"It's pretty common for pussies, dumbasses, and their families to blame their problems on vague influences like the media and society. The truth is, fuck you."
#33 by Matt Davis
2002-09-06 16:48:37
http://looroll.com
Americas war on terrorism...

Making everyone watch 'everyone loves raymond' for 4 hours on my flight to Chicago.

Bastards!

Oh Cannabis!
#34 by Ashiran
2002-09-06 17:12:38
Yeah great show that is. Hey it beats gauging your eyes out with a red-hot umbrella.

Barely.

Online gaming? Frustration commences.
#35 by LPMiller
2002-09-06 17:15:27
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
Unless you've seen the PMS episode, you have no right to an opinion.

I believe I can fly......urk.
#36 by Ergo
2002-09-06 17:17:50
It's even better than gouging.

Ia! Shub-Niggurath!

DVDs
#37 by Warren Marshall
2002-09-06 17:31:03
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Well, gauging out your eyes seems like a far better solution since it would take care of most of your skull at the same time.

"It's pretty common for pussies, dumbasses, and their families to blame their problems on vague influences like the media and society. The truth is, fuck you."
#38 by Ergo
2002-09-06 17:34:45
Yep. Especially 12-gauging.

Ia! Shub-Niggurath!

DVDs
#39 by averagejoe
2002-09-06 18:02:46
joe_dilworth@mentor.com
12-gauge eyes?  Are those better than double-aughts?

Jeepers, creepers, where'd you get those peepers...

Some people never go crazy. What miserable lives they must lead.
Look kids, my DVDs
#40 by E-ph0nk
2002-09-06 18:12:15
http://www.electrophonk.be
yeah, let's all smoke pot & enjoy crazy game designs!
#41 by crash
2002-09-06 19:54:07
i'm not looking forward to next wednesday, either, come to think of it.

By this time tomorrow we can be doing BODY SHOTS off HOOKERS in some MEXICAN HELLHOLE
#42 by Fugazi(werking)
2002-09-06 20:12:53
People like Jerry Lewis.

You learn something new everyday.

"Good health" is merely the slowest rate at which one can die.
#43 by Shadarr
2002-09-06 20:15:29
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Wednesday will be a great day to not watch TV.
#44 by Greg
2002-09-06 20:18:53
Too bad the Jerry Lewis Telethon isn't on Wednesday.

Who is driving car?! Oh my god, bear is driving car! How can that be?
#45 by Bailey
2002-09-06 20:27:37
Or... is it?!

[/sarcasm]
#46 by Your Friend
2002-09-06 20:39:32
The GP32 is neat in theory but since virtually nobody owns one (outside of Korea anyway) you might as well develop games for the Gameboy Advance if you're into small-device game development.  

You'll find a lot more people with downloadable memory carts for the GBA (primarily used for pirating, though useful as a development/testing tool for people who don't have real devkits) than you will find GB32 owners to play your game.
#47 by Warren Marshall
2002-09-06 21:47:57
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
Everything derives from this.

"It's pretty common for pussies, dumbasses, and their families to blame their problems on vague influences like the media and society. The truth is, fuck you."
#48 by Greg
2002-09-06 21:55:34
GOT YOU!

Who is driving?! Oh my god, bear is driving! How can that be?
#49 by Caryn
2002-09-06 22:10:32
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Greg, it's not as convincing when you don't have the skull for the O.

"Thus the fridge contains the possibilities of no beers and some beers existing in simultaneous superposition!"
#50 by Greg
2002-09-06 22:15:31
Caryn, charmap.exe didn't have a suitable equivalent. may have been the closest.

Who is driving?! Oh my god, bear is driving! How can that be?
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