I remember PETA being incredibly active in my college’s student union, religiously handing out brochures and tirelessly spreading the message of how deliciously scrumptious our furry friends were. Methinks that the People for Eating Tasty Animals, who also handed out some of the best free BBQ ever, wouldn’t mix too well with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, especially not during this time of year.
I am, of course, referring to the tragic turkey holocaust that is Thanksgiving. Before you start carving up that delicious dead bird, PETA wants to remind you of the hard life it lead before becoming your celebratory centerpiece using videogame chef and amateur dominatrix, Cooking Mama!
Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals is actually a pretty decent flash version of Majesco’s cooking franchise for the Nintendo DS and Wii. You get to pluck the feathers, remove the internal organs and saw the head off the gory gobbler in your attempt to achieve a score “Even Meaner Than Mama.” All the cooking steps are pretty faithful to the spirit of the original game, albeit with a lot more blood and gore – I’ve never had feathers, blood and guts pour out of a cracked egg before, but then again I’m not much of a breakfast person.
By the end of the game, she’s undergone a redemptive tofu turkey-lovin’ transformation, but that homicidal twinkle in Mama’s eyes – that will never go away.