There may soon come an answer to the question as to whether or not video games contribute to childhood obesity.

Following Joey Chestnut’s stunning victory over Kobayashi at the 2007 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, fellow canine-named video game publisher Mastiff announced that they have acquired the Major League Eating license for gaming platforms.

Major League Eating is the organization that oversees a plethora of competitive eating events. People scarf down everything from asparagus to hamburgers.

“Major League Eaters aren’t just elite athletes,” said Bill Swartz, who claims the title of “Head Woof” at Mastiff. “They are the people who built America. Or at least the competitive eating part of America. And I am deeply honored that the International Federation of Competitive Eating and Major League Eating choose Mastiff as their exclusive video game partner.”

Mastiff’s other titles include: Gurumin for PSP, Pump It Up: Exceed, and La Pucelle: Tactics, Gungrave: Overdose, Technic Beat and Top Gun: Combat Zones.

“We knew this sport would lend itself very well to an interactive format,” said George Shea of Major League Eating. “Mastiff has the stomach and the sense of humor to pull this off.”

Major League Eating: The Game features the world’s greatest gurgitory athletes competing across twelve different food types. Built much like a fighting game, MLE: The Game requires players to show brilliant on-screen eating; a mastery of offensive and defensive weapons including burps, belches, and mustard gas; and of course the technical mastery necessary to avoid emptying one’s stomach in a vividly colored reversal of fortune.

Game of the year, anyone?

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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