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8:15 PM on 02.16.2012

Sup Holmes?: Skyrim is the most romantic game ever?

On last Sunday's episode of Sup Holmes?, I wore my Rhythm Heaven Fever t-shirt. I also spoke with Tommy Refenes (the man responsible for of 70% of Super Meat Boy) and Shannon Gregory (the woman responsible for 99% of the vie...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 01.23.2012

The DTOID Show: Alan Wake's Mass House Party: The Movie

Happy Monday! Hopefully you've all had enough time to adequately recover from your weekend by now... but if you think you can handle some more, why not crack open a beer and join us for tonight's episode of The Destructoid S...

Tara Long

1:00 PM on 01.22.2012

Indie Game: The Movie reviewed (finally!!!)

As part of my Sundance coverage for film-centric sister-site Flixist.com, I got to check out Indie Game: The Movie last night. This much anticipated documentary focuses on the development of Super Meat Boy, the development he...

Allistair Pinsof

7:00 PM on 01.03.2012

Super Meat Boy sells 1 million copies, is still hard

I picked up Super Meat Boy during the Steam Winter Sale way back in 2011. I'd seen and heard quite a bit about the little flab of meat and knew that it was going to be a more challenging platformer. What I didn...

Harry Monogenis

6:30 PM on 12.22.2011

Sip some champagne to the Super Meat Boy piano album

Put on your smoking jacket, top off your vintage champagne flute, and get cozy by the fireplace as you relax to Super Meat Boy! - Choice Piano Cuts. Here is a gift for the classy continental in your life, a musical journey t...

Tony Ponce

8:30 PM on 11.17.2011

Super Meat Boy and indie friends throw a Steam sale

The games of the guest characters from Super Meat Boy's PC release are being discounted by 50 percent this week on Steam. That list includes such notable titles as Aquaria, Bit.Trip Beat, Bit.Trip Runner, Braid, Gish, Machina...

Jordan Devore





8:00 PM on 11.13.2011

Super Meat Boy speed run puts us all to shame

People are talking about Dark Souls, saying that it's all hard and stuff. While I don't disagree with that claim, the kind of difficulty that Dark Souls offers isn't the kind I can easily appreciate. Though I'm far from an e...

Jonathan Holmes

10:00 PM on 11.07.2011

Penis time: Draw Team Meat nude and win a Wacom tablet

I tried to think of a snappier title, but there is only so much you can do with this topic. To celebrate the 1st birthday of their inaugural title, Team Meat is giving away the Wacom table that Team Meat's Edmund McMillen use...

Jonathan Holmes

4:30 PM on 10.24.2011

Celebrate Super Meat Month with an XBLA update and sale

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the lovable little red bundle of muscle and sinew jumped on to XBLA. So, to help celebrate this momentous occasion, Team Meat has decided to make November Supe...

Jason Cabral

10:00 AM on 09.12.2011

Team Meat probably won't work with Microsoft ever again

Following last week's miniature sh*tstorm, Super Meat Boy developer Team Meat has declared that it's highly unlikely to ever work with Microsoft in the future. Team Meat claims it was ill-treated by the company over the XBLA ...

Jim Sterling

6:30 PM on 09.08.2011

Team Meat, Zen Studios fight over Microsoft treatment

Team Meat recently leveled some ire at Microsoft over the way that Super Meat Boy was allegedly treated on Xbox Live Arcade. Claiming that "near death experiences" were had during the SMB development cycle, Team Meat claims t...

Jim Sterling

9:20 AM on 09.06.2011

Team Meat would 'never' make a game that can't be on PC

Team Meat loves the PC, as evidenced by a recent promise to never develop a game that couldn't be brought to computers. Speaking on a recent Indie Games podcast, Ed McMillen said that PC gaming is a necessity for indie develo...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 07.21.2011

Super Meat Boy Ultra Rare Edition coming to UK

Fans in the United Kingdom are going to get a meaty treat when Super Meat Boy arrives at retail on August 26. As well as the Ultra Edition, gamers will also have a chance to buy the Ultra Rare Edition, which includes all previous special edition contents plus a T-shirt. Check out the full details below ...

Jim Sterling

9:40 AM on 07.19.2011

Team Meat 'doesn't f*cking care' about piracy

Piracy will never stop being a controversial topic among gamers, but one unlikely studio doesn't care. Team Meat isn't bothered about Super Meat Boy being ripped off on a massive scale, despite its status as an indie game.&nb...

Jim Sterling



VVVVVV designer's Super Meat Boy mock-up is playable photo
VVVVVV designer's Super Meat Boy mock-up is playable
by Jordan Devore

You all remember those mock-up screens from other independent developers that were placed in Super Meat Boy, don't you? The image above is one such screen, created by Terry Cavanagh, the person responsible for VVVVVV.

In a fun twist, his take on Super Meat Boy is playable. Granted, it's only a few rooms in length, is rough around the edges, and was "thrown together in a couple of hours." Even still, it's neat to experience first hand. Give it a play!

What if Super meat Boy was Made by the Creator of VVVVVV? [RipTen]

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Meat Boy dev comments on Tobar knock-off photo
Meat Boy dev comments on Tobar knock-off
by Jonathan Holmes

There is only one series of games about an Italian plumber jumping on turtles and eating mushrooms that make him grow twice his normal height. Likewise, there is only one game series about a hedgehog that can run tremendously fast and transform machines in the cute little bunnies by body slamming them. Aspects of these games have been borrowed by hundreds of different titles over the past 20 years, but on the surface, they remain unique.

I thought that would also be the case when it came to Super Meat Boy, the latest 2D platformer to hit icon status in the world of gaming. It's inevitable that other developers borrow ideas from this critically acclaimed title, but I never expected the game's core concept of "little defenseless square-man runs, jumps, and wall jumps through a treacherous field of giant, instant-death dealing buzzsaws" would be so shamelessly ripped and pilfered. Yet, here we are with Tobar, the upcoming iOS game seen above. This is something I should probably come to expect from iOS gaming by now, but it still makes me frown.

I asked Super Meat Boy co-creator Edmund McMillen about the situation, and he was actually pretty cool with it. Check out the full quote from Edmund below.

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