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Are Cooking Games Vegan?

Here’s an interesting question to consider: Are cooking games vegan? If you’re cooking cartoon flesh on a computer screen or television, are you somehow really harming animals?

Well, technically all virtual meal preparation of animated ingredients is vegan, but I know some people can’t help feeling it’s at least a little icky.

But try and put those feelings aside for a few minutes and play our new cooking game! Our game is a parody of the popular video game series Cooking Mama, and I’ll admit that it is bloody and gross at first, but only to make the point that cooking animals, even those who are animated, is rather gross.

We’re also using it to highlight the serious lack of vegetarian cooking games out there, and we’re even encouraging people to write to the Cooking Mama creator, Majesco, to ask the company to make an all-vegetarian-recipe game.

You can check out the game here.

I know this isn’t the type of thing I normally write about, but I did work on this project, and it is technically food related. I’m also very proud of it.



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  • christina says:

    poor animals i want to save there lives.

  • Leo says:

    to be curt…I think a game is a game and shouldnt necessarily resemble reality or life because that is what gaming is about fantasy..building creativity and role playing….i’m sure you wouldnt go driving in a small cart throwing bananas at your friends..(which you’d do in mario cart) but it looks fun…fake cooking is fun…i dont see why things should be altered because you are vegan or vegetarian….i’m quite sure there are vegetarian dishes… so this is kind of stupid and sad that someone would go out of there way to show this kind of crap…even the real game isnt this detailed…how lame you guys are with your exaggerating…i mean i’ve been vegetarian for so long that it makes me sick to see others act in a immature manner ….no really…

    be a good example

  • Casey says:

    A cooking game for vegetarians?

    Not only do those cooking games not sell a lot, as they’re very small-time games, but a vegetarian cooking game would sell insanely less. Say vegetarians are 5% of the American population (which that is a VERY high estimate), and 1% of the U.S. buys the game. There’s about 300,000,000 people in the US. That’s 3 million buying the game there. Split that by 5%, and that’s 150,000. Then, say each is bought at $20. That’s 3 million dollars. Then subtract about half a million for advertising, a million for production and distribution, and another half a million for employees. That’s.. about $1 million for an entire game, when the time can be put into other more profitable things.

    They will never make a vegetarian cooking game.

  • Sam says:

    No, cooking games are not vegan nor should they be as humans have been eating meat for the past million years.

    By parodying Cooking Mama, you are basically insulting the Japanese and implying that their cusine is “gross”. (As the game originates from Japan)

  • Kenji says:

    That’s a very well made game.
    I hear they’re making a new “Gardening Mama,” so that’s a good change right?

  • Steven says:

    I loved this! Typical, smart move by PETA.

    Hysterical that people are poo-poo-ing as “childish” and “propaganda”.

    I say, anything that gets people talking about animal rights is a good thing.

  • Kelly M. says:

    I agree that this game was an immature approach to asking for more vegetarian dishes in a cooking game. I really don’t understand what the big deal is about Cooking Mama, I mean you’re not actually handling/eating the meat or slaughtering the animals. If you don’t like it, don’t play the game.
    P.S. Cooking Mama’s new game for the Wii features over 20 vegetarian recipes.

  • Cooking Games says:

    look scary…

  • Romani says:

    I have never heard of these ‘cooking games’ until ther other day from PETA and now this…it more than saddens me that people find this entertaining..even if it is cartoons..the concept is reality..I would seriously question my ethics and morals if I were able to play these games under the guise of animation.

  • Sal says:

    cant wait for my tofu!

  • Elle says:

    Although the idea of the Cooking Mama game series having vegan or vegetarian options is great, I think that PETA’s extremist tactics make this more ridiculous than poignant. I think that if PETA approached this with a little more grace and common sense, it would get a more favorable response from the game developers and marketers. Instead, like most things that PETA does, it’s turned a real issue into a sideshow act and a propaganda campaign.

  • L. says:

    I had looked at the cooking games and discounted buying them for this very reason. Good to know others were thinking along the same lines. I really don’t want to encourage my children to play a game with meat when we don’t eat it at home!

  • Anonymous says:

    My husband and I are both hardcore gamers.

    My husband is also a vegeterian– I am not.

    Still, we both agreed that this game was biased, and that the “gross out” tactic was, quite frankly, childish.

    …I’m having fish for Thanksgiving.

  • Ariel says:

    As far as I’m aware of there aren’t alot of cooking games period. I personally wouldn’t get too worked up about cooking meat on a video game- it’s not like you have to eat it!

  • Jo Heero says:

    I think this game is great.
    Life would be better if this was on a popular platform like the Wii or Xbox, even PS3

  • Kimberly says:

    Oh my goodness! This is amazing! It’s just like the real game.

    I totally failed the first turkey-plucking, then I was way to grossed out to see what happens next.

    I’ve posted this on my blog! Not sure my meat-eating friends will “get” it, but oh well…

  • Ray says:

    This is the most stupid thing you guys have come up with…

  • Arundathi says:

    ohmygoodness!! that is amazing! i love these games and have always been irritated that i have to cook meat all the time – there is never a vegetarian option!

    you guys are really cool. i will definitely write to the cooking mama company. great idea!

    When i went to the store to get my 3-yr old a kitchen play set, they had two options – one vegetarian and one non-vegetarian.

    Since my daughter is not vegetarian, I didn’t think it was a big deal but
    that was a great idea – since there are so many kids in India who are veggie and definitely haven’t seen pieces of chicken and bacon!

  • Mike says:

    Congrats on you and the rest of the team’s participation! It was a well designed program.