Last week, the People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, ticked off a lot of people who like video games. But maybe the gamers shouldn't have been so upset about that whole "Mario Kills Tanooki" thing?
On one side we had the notorious animal-rights rabble-rousers complaining that Super Mario endorses the wearing of fur because he can turn into Tanooki (raccoon-tailed) Mario in the new Super Mario 3D Land. Maybe, as depicted in a web game made for PETA, Mario is a bloodthirsty fur-wearing savage. Or maybe this was a cultural misunderstanding and, oh yeah, the PETA people wanted everyone to know it was all "tongue-in-cheek."