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super meat boy

i drew the above image for a hidden part of edmund and tommy’s super meat boy (see if you can find it!). i also contributed jill from mighty jill off! she makes sense there because meat boy is conceptually the same game: they’re both about the experience of replaying difficult scenarios until you become capable of overcoming them. in mighty jill off, that’s contextualized as a relationship between the protagonist, a masochistic bottom, and the antagonist, a sadistic domme.

meat boy, on the other hand, creates visual continuity between failed plays to make the player conscious of her repeated attempts at overcoming a stage. there’s the blood trail meat boy leaves behind, which permanently stains his previous paths through the stage, as well as his place of death (frequently, the sawblades pictured). even better, when the player finally succeeds, she gets to watch a replay of all her attempts simultaneously, all but one of which run to their deaths by sawblade, salt or laser. it’s an effective way of visualizing the time and labor the player has spent overcoming the stage.


  1. Leonardo Boiko wrote:

    many-worlds mario:

    11/2/2010 at 4:12 pm | permalink
  2. auntie wrote:

    i already linked that!

    are you trying to make it appear to FUTURE READERS that you corrected the oversight in my original post by providing the link i would later update my post to include?


    11/2/2010 at 4:16 pm | permalink
  3. Leonardo Boiko wrote:

    I clicked everything except the last link. I—I don’t know why?

    11/2/2010 at 6:23 pm | permalink
  4. Jonathan Beilin wrote:

    Haven’t gotten that far yet. Great pixel work – I’ll make sure not to skip any warp zones.

    11/2/2010 at 10:21 pm | permalink
  5. Adam VM wrote:

    Hahaha, a friend pf mine was playing Super Meat Boy and I noticed Jill in the characters he’d unlocked.

    “Wait. WAIT, go back! Is that JILL?”

    “Uh, yeah.”


    11/2/2010 at 11:21 pm | permalink
  6. Sergio wrote:

    Why did you write this? You hate Super Meat Boy and all it stands for.

    11/3/2010 at 6:07 am | permalink
  7. FAULK SMASH wrote:

    Sergio, your Auntie hates many thing but Meat Boy is not one of them.

    11/3/2010 at 6:23 am | permalink
  8. Sergio wrote:

    Oh yeah? Well, THE INTERNET told me otherwise.

    11/3/2010 at 6:44 am | permalink
  9. Dustin wrote:

    THE INTERNET lies.

    11/3/2010 at 11:55 pm | permalink
  10. auntie wrote:

    edmund and i are bff.

    TRUTH or LIE??

    11/4/2010 at 2:37 pm | permalink
  11. Alex wrote:

    wow another shitty “haha look the graphics are pixels” for edmund mcdonald’s piece of shit game made to appeal to fucking nerds who get off an an indie character being in a cookie cutter platformer

    i can see why you like edmund though, the two of you look exactly the same except edmund doesnt claim to be a woman

    11/4/2010 at 7:09 pm | permalink
  12. Sergio wrote:

    LIE!! After all, it directly contradicts your previous statement “he has the NERVE to try and make A LIVING for himself off of MAKING GAMES i hope he dies” which can only be interpreted as serious.

    11/5/2010 at 4:24 am | permalink
  13. El Huesudo II wrote:

    The troll levels around here are insanely high!

    Anyway I’m loving this game and it sucks that I have no way to buy it…

    11/6/2010 at 7:24 am | permalink
  14. Ronni wrote:

    Alex, you’re not a nerd then, spending most (95%?) of your free time trolling indie game blogs, indie games and indie game devs? That’s like, totally socially acceptable behavior. I bet that’s how you introduce yourself too. “Yeah, I’m still at uni, but I have a really interesting internet persona. Basically I diss people”

    11/10/2010 at 4:34 am | permalink
  15. Alex wrote:

    Yeah but I’m not a nerd who gets off on stupid nerd culture like the retards who enjoy shit like Super Meat Boy

    11/11/2010 at 3:37 am | permalink
  16. Gesualdi wrote:

    Lol, have you played the game yet Alex? It’s incredibly fun, and just the right amount of challenging. Hardly qualifies as a cookie-cutter platformer, I haven’t played something that controls this smooth in ever.

    Basically, if your only complaint is that the game’s ascetic is “hip” then go fuck yourself.

    11/12/2010 at 7:35 pm | permalink
  17. Alex wrote:

    Yes, I have played the game. It’s terrible.

    Thoughtless design in the levels, just “oh look it is difficult”, with stupid terrible ZANY internet humor, including other indie game characters so you can say “oh look, that character is from another (usually better) game and he is in this game too!! who gives a fuck!!” and a mechanical forced “tribute” to retro games in the form of pixel areas and fake error screens. It’s a disgusting, terrible game manufactured to appeal to the current terrible nerd culture and anyone who likes it is fucking retarded.

    11/13/2010 at 4:23 am | permalink
  18. ALEX wrote:

    You know what? There wasn’t really any justification for what I just said. The game may not be my kind of game, but of course enjoying a video game does not mean that you have any kind of impaired mental ability.

    11/13/2010 at 2:31 pm | permalink
  19. Alex wrote:

    Just kidding. Everything I said is 100% accurate and you should be a fucking man and argue directly instead of trying to make it look like I disagreed with myself you prick.

    11/13/2010 at 5:32 pm | permalink
  20. auntie wrote:

    i banned alex, finally. from now on we can just assume that whenever i update my blog or slut updates her livejournal there would have been an alex comment about how we’re ugly. i don’t think we actually need to read the comment every time.

    11/13/2010 at 5:39 pm | permalink
  21. Rynen10K wrote:

    Did you do any of the level designs or tilesets for the Warp Zone / Minus World stages? I thought I read somewhere that some of the other devs like yourself did some of those stages…

    11/17/2010 at 3:41 am | permalink
  22. auntie wrote:

    the tiles in jill’s stages are from mighty jill off. but i didn’t design anything for the game other than the above screen. yet.

    11/19/2010 at 5:10 am | permalink
  23. Ray wrote:

    Its to the third warpzone I unlocked in world one, towards the end! Just got there! Horray for hipster nerds and their douchebag culture, I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!

    11/19/2010 at 8:25 pm | permalink

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