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Boycott Bimbo virtual fashion game

March 26th, 2008 by Rose DesRochers · 40 Comments

Just when you thought there wasnโ€™t enough pressure put on girls by the media to look thin comes an online virtual game that does just that. The online game “Miss Bimbo,” which is a virtual fashion game asks young girls to take care of virtual dolls named bimbos. The website has created quite the controversial stir up.

You can register for free on the site and then you are given a “bimbo” to care for. News reports are saying some girls as young as nine are registered and playing the virtual game. After reading the online news reports, I decided to check our the website for myself and I must say that I’m unimpressed.

Miss Bimbo

According to the website they have 3250 online players at the present time and 259 582 registered Bimbos! In the game players find a fun job, shop for the latest fashions, become a socialite, date famous ‘hotties’ and resort to meds or plastic surgery.

The shop is where you buy your Bimbo essentials, like food, extra storage and weight loss motivational items. Diet pills cost 100 bimbo dollars and breast implants sell at 11,500 bimbo dollars.

To earn bimbo cash you will have to work or find a sugar daddy.

When you run out of virtual dollars you have to purchase more through paypal or send cell phone text messages that cost $3.00.

Little Ho

The online game allows girls to name their own bimbo. I named mine Little Ho.

The website states that if you’re not over 18 years of age, you must ask your parents permission to register at Miss Bimbo.

When I registered to play the game I used the birth date of a nine year old, the website requested an email address for a parent, and my email address.

I used both the same email addresses as you can see in the screen capture above. The site allowed me to play without even activating my account. I wasn’t long closing my account that I never activated.

Of course the creator of the virtual bimbo game Nicolas Jacquart, claims it is all harmless fun. While, Nicolas may not think they he is doing anything wrong, I can’t help but wonder how he can see encouraging children to get breast implants, flirt and diet as harmless fun.

The site located in the UK has a sister site in France. In France, where Miss Bimbo launched last year one parent threatened the website with legal action after his daughter charged $200 to his mobile phone, without his knowledge.

According to a March 28th article “Miss Bimbo: will be investigated for rule breaches around services for children.” Phonepayplus is exploring whether the website breaches the rules around services for children.

I personally don’t see the harmless fun in it and I hope they close the website down. Sadly the more press this gets the more children will sign up. Your thoughts?
Resources:

Regulator investigates Miss Bimbo site

Premium rate watchdog primes ‘Miss Bimbo’ probe

Ban Miss Bimbo to protect kids pleads MLA

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40 responses so far ↓

  • Stevyn Colgan
    Wrote: Mar 27, 2008 at 3:39 am

    I couldn’t agree more. Ban this rubbish and let kids have a childhood. Thankfully, my girls are in their twenties and not as impressionable and naive as they once were. But the I remember my neice cutting her leg by accident while shaving them. She was eight. Her supposed friends at school had been teasing her. Scary, scary stuff.

  • Sy
    Wrote: Mar 27, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Kids are unfortunately exposed to this stuff all day everyday. Newspapers, “teen” magazines and the like all portray an image of how they should look. A famous star’s mental breakdown through drugs is dragged through the press constantly. Hounded like an animal. “Here is (insert whatever star) snorting cocaine in drug shocker!” is always on the pages. Then they will show the anorexic whoever. But they have a famous career regardless. So it is seen that they should do it in order to be like them.

    Although I fully agree that the website is not helping the cause, if you get rid of one, another arrives. Be it another site, or another magazine. The site makes money by you buying credits. The magazines charge money to buy it.

    Until this annoying fad which is going on of hounding these so called stars ends, it will be everywhere every child looks.

  • Roger Green
    Wrote: Mar 28, 2008 at 9:40 am

    YUCK. It’ll be something else by the time my daughter’s old enough.

  • Bob
    Wrote: Mar 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    A sign of the times all this virtual stuff, it will only get worse before it gets better, I’m so glad my girls are out of this stage.

  • Sugarbelly777
    Wrote: Mar 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    My 13 year old cousin was caught playing this game after she was already…reprimanded for even looking at the site.
    I’m not sure what the draw to this game Is or just what the makers are really thinking is going to happen by releasing this, but they need a swift kick to the ass.

  • Miss A
    Wrote: Apr 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    hej :mrgreen: i can register on miss bimbo ๐Ÿ˜ณ can u register me please ๐Ÿ˜€ please โ“ i want see how i can play that game ๐Ÿ˜• im 14 years old ๐Ÿ˜› please register me โ—

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Apr 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Miss A ( I edited your name for your protection) First of all signing you up would be illegal. I suggest that you talk to your parents. They should be monitoring your online activity and I don’t believe Miss Bimbo is an appropriate website.

  • Miss A
    Wrote: Apr 1, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Please i just want see how that game look…i think that game is not good but my friends told me that is good and i want to see it and my mum tryed to register me but it wont work…Can u register me please i want to see it please…My mum knows that i want to play this game…

  • Roger Green
    Wrote: Apr 1, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Ms. A. – I believe you were addressing me, from that Mr. Green face. What Rose said.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Apr 2, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Too bad Miss A. Might I suggest barbie.everythinggirl.com

  • Amy Shimek
    Wrote: Apr 2, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Ok. Let’s first remember that “Miss Bimbo” is a GAME!!! Frankly, I do not find this game any worse than other video games that allow kids to kill people very graphically, however, that is never such a problem. I found this game after seeing it on a news website and decided to try it for myself. After a quick registration, I began to build my bimbo. I do not think this encourages girls to become stick figures who care about nothing but looks, money, and guys. Like any game, it allows players to live in a way they could not normally and enjoy a little fun. Ask youself this, would you rather a young girl pretend to be a “Miss Bimbo” or actually become one? Millions of young boys play violent video games and don’t become felons. So why should we assume that this one little website could possibly change what parents have taught their children? If that can so easily be done, then perhaps parents are not doing their jobs to raise quality members of society. Teach children the difference between reality and virtual reality. To me, banning this site is the same as banning a book you don’t agree with. ๐Ÿ˜†

  • thrall
    Wrote: Apr 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Alright people, i know this has become a difficult concept to grasp in the last few years, but there is such a thing as personal accountability and responsibility.

    If you’re afraid that your kid is going to be playing this online, then MONITOR what they do on the computer and it won’t happen. Don’t blame the creator of the game just because you can’t/don’t/won’t control what your children do online.

    Don’t get me wrong, i’m not saying that there isn’t crazy social pressures – especially on girls – to conform to what is this week’s idea of beautiful. I am, however, saying that the answer is not to insulate children but rather to educate them. Instead of trying to hide your kids away from the big bad world out there, explain to them what it is out there, the dangers and consequences, and how they can react to it and protect themselves from it.

    That way, when they grow up and aren’t under your control anymore, they will know how to take care of themselves instead of being unduly influenced by everything around them.

    Some of us are adults and would like to spend half an hour a day messing around online with a silly game because it’s just that, a silly game! Don’t try to ruin it for the rest of us just because you can’t be responsible for you and yours.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Apr 6, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Thrall, I agree! What parent lets a a 10 year old play an online game called Miss Bimbo? They should take responsibility.

    With that said, both of my teenage children have their own computers in their room, but neither have internet. They have to use the one in the livering room that is right behind me and I have to sign them in to use it.

    The one that they use has parent controls on it and I have direct access to their MSN history.

    “Is Miss Bimbo appropriate for Children?”

    I don’t think Miss Bimbo is appropriate for children. That really is the subject here.

    I also just read that the makers of the online game “Miss Bimbo” have removed the option for players to purchase virtual diet pills.

    Why is that? Could it be because the game encourages anorexia.

    Thanks for coming out!

  • Roger Green
    Wrote: Apr 7, 2008 at 8:57 am

    I just got this e-mail about the Grupo Bimbo brand of baked goods, which is at least tangentially relevant to the discussion.

  • Miss A
    Wrote: Apr 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    HELLO U PEOPLE MISS BIMBO IS A GREAT GAME IM PLAYING IT ALL TIME AFTER SCHOOL AND IM THIN TOO…BUT I LIKE IT

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Apr 8, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Roger, I take it those were made by Bimbo bakeries.

  • Steve Reichard
    Wrote: Apr 10, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Well it seems the virtual world promotes a lot of the wrong types of sites and this is one of them for sure, wouldn’t it be wonderful if people online spent as much time making great sites for children as opposed to this site.

  • Ashleigh
    Wrote: Apr 13, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Wow, you must have a real stick up your ass if you care about this so much. If you’re a parent, just block the site from your computer so your child isn’t able to play it. Don’t go make some lawsuit about it. It’s the lack of parenting that’s the problem here. Some parents are perfectly fine with this game because they know their daughters will be able to handle it, and know it’s all fake. Some might feel differently. It’s all up to the PARENT. So if you don’t want your kid playing this game, keep YOUR kid from playing it yourself like a parent should.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Apr 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Ashleigh, I can see that you didn’t read my comment to thrall. I don’t know about anyone else, but in every article Iโ€™ve read about Miss Bimbo, Mother’s are not to comfortable with the game. I do agree with part of your comment regarding parent’s taking control and monitoring their children’s activity online.

    With that said, I still think Miss Bimbo is inappropriate for kids and if my daughter was younger I would not allow her to access the site.

    PS: I don’t have a stick up my ass, but thank you for the concern.

  • Lucky Chick
    Wrote: Apr 19, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Thank you for deciding for parents all over the world what is and isn’t appropriate for our children.I know most of us are not capable of making our own decisions and it sure helps when a second class poet can tell us what our children should be doing online.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Apr 19, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Lucky chick, I’m not the only parent who is horrified by this website. Parents are complaining about their children and hundreds of dollars worth of cellphone bills from this game. (Again- I think that is where the neglect of supervision comes in.)

    Not to mention this game is giving young girls the wrong idea about what beauty is.

    Again- I don’t think it’s suitable for children.

    By the way, I’m expressing my views, there is no need to insult. In future, I would suggest not trying to use insults to win a debate.

  • devrie
    Wrote: Apr 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Interesting conversation. Rose, how do you find this neat stuff to talk about?? Anyway, I don’t think the game is intended for kids, and as such, kids won’t really understand the satire. If little girls are playing it because they think it’s cool, shouldn’t they be told by someone that this game was created to kind of poke fun at these girls?

    I’m divided on the “letting kids play” such things. I do believe in parental responsibility, but I also belive there is a huge difference between those parents who are too lazy to say “no,” so they let their kids do these things and those that DO let them, but take a lot of time to ensure the kids have a fully rounded self-esteem, and that they understand what the game is about…
    … though, I don’t think an 8 or 9 year old would really, truly understand the concept of “Bimbo,” so… teaching can be hard with this out there.

    Maybe countries should grant adults some sort of cyber liscence? This way, not only can parents grant access to kids going on certain sites, but cyber crime can be governed by the respective countries who require the liscences?

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Apr 23, 2008 at 12:08 am

    See I don’t see it as just satire. It’s marketed to young girls? Of course it is the responsibility of parents to decide what their children should or shouldn’t do online.

  • N S
    Wrote: May 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    hello. I completely disagree with everyone who is afraid that children will be corrupeted if they play this game. I agree with what amy shimek said about boys who play violent games not actually growing up to be felons. If your children believe this stuff, then YOU arent doing your job as a parent. You should teach you kids to stand up for what they believe in, and be true to themselves. Most of all, you should teach them how to diffrentiate between reality and a game.

    I play miss bimbo almost every day. I am also 14. But I have a brain, and I use it, and so do ALL of your kids.

    If you are truly worried about your kids believing this, then sit with them and tell them how you feel. Tell them that if they want to play, then they can, but to keep in mind that its a game and is all just for fun. This is what you should be doing from the beginning.

    As for banning your kids outright, that is NOT a good idea. Bear in mind that I am a young teenager, and if my mom were to stop me from playing, I would want to play it more. My mom does know about it. She laughed when she saw it, and when I told her about the plastic surgery inculded in it, she told me to go ahead and play anyway. She taught me to be a person and have brain, and decide for myself what is real.

    You people must have sticks up your asses, if your so scared that your kids are going to get eating disorders and unhealthy because of a game, that, at the end of the day, is all good fun.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: May 4, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Thank you for sharing your opinion. Didnโ€™t your mother teach you manners? If she did, then did you leave them somewhere?

  • vicky
    Wrote: May 4, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    i am 19 i live in the uk
    i agree and disagree with miss bimbo website
    however i do play on it and i find it quite fun, but however i have purchesed bimbo dollers with my own money i spent 10 pounds on 66,000 bimbo dollers and never got them but they took my money this makes me wonder if younger shildren are being ripped off just like i was??!!
    if any one has please let me no
    i am considering taking this to the papers or even still the television.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: May 4, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Vicky did you purchase them through Paypal? I recommend that you file a dispute with Paypal and get your money back. Thanks for replying. I have heard a few cases of this.

  • Nicole Smiley
    Wrote: May 7, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    i didnt leave my manners anywhere, and yes my mom did teach me manners, but unless you go into something with an open mind, your only telling half of the story. Did you by any chance take a journalism class? Because if so, perhaps you forgot that your reader has to make up their own mind, you can give them your opinion. Perhaps you should stick to the facts, and leave your own opinions out of your columns. Believe me, you’ll have a few more fans.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: May 7, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    My readership has a right to their own opinion, but what they don’t have a right to do is insult me for my opinion. What you are forgetting to understand is:

    1. This is a personal blog where I share my opinions. (What of that did you not understand?)
    2. I’m the publisher of this blog.
    3. Being the publisher of this blog I can refuse to publish or remove comments at any time and for any reason, with or without notice.
    4. I published your comment. I gave you a platform to share your opinion. Next time, you comment on my blog I ask that you keep an open mind and NOT insult those whose opinion differs from yours.

    Gooday Miss!

  • Nicole Smiley
    Wrote: May 11, 2008 at 1:36 am

    You mean like you insulted mine? “did your mother teach you manners?” and I do have an open mind, thats why I was disgusted when I heard about MissBimbo. But I checked it out and my opinion changed. I’d also like to add: I, personally, (and this is ONLY an opinion) feel badly for you girls, because they are being sheltered from the real, big, bad world. How do you expect them to make it on their own? I don’t care if you answer me, I just want you to think about it.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: May 11, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I’m confused? Do you feel bad for my girls? My daughter is just shy of 18. ROFL What does stating that the Miss Bimbo website is inappropriate for young girls have to do with my 18 year old daughter?

    Could you please stay on topic here.

    Miss Bimbo is typically played by girls ages 7-17. Again I think its inappropriate for a 7 year old to play this game. Just the use of the word “bimbo” is inappropriate for someone of that age.

    FYI: I never insulted your Mother, I simply asked you a question as you left your manners at home when you came to my blog and insulted those whose opinion differed from yours.

  • a kid
    Wrote: Jun 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Actually this is the first day i play dat game and the diet pills r stilll there i did stop playin game caus they forced me to be blonde, hav a bf, get boob sergury, n be like 100 ponds WAT IF I DONT WANT TO BE LIKE DAT?? dats y i stoped… ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜† Do u agree wit me discesion?? ๐Ÿ˜ก idk but yea ima smart kid ๐Ÿ˜† i might continue to play cause its fun

  • A kid
    Wrote: Jun 13, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    This is insane.

    I totally agree.
    This is insane that people even play on this site ๐Ÿ™

    I am a teen who seriously has low self esteem.

    And, trust me this doesn’t help at all.

  • Alison
    Wrote: Jun 20, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    there is nothing wrong with miss bimbo, i am a teenager and i dont feel pressurised to be thin. i am happy the way i am. It is just a bit of fun and it also has a warning saying that in reality it is not a good idea to have breast surgery or to go annorexic.

  • Pretty Girl
    Wrote: Jun 23, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I understand where everyone is cominig from but under where it is asking for brest implaints in red it clearly states that if you are having thought be sure to consult a parent or guardian before doing so. It also says that under the plastic surgery option. I myself went on Miss.Bimbo.com and found that it was very idiotic and you lose money way to fast and gain it to slow.

  • Stephanie
    Wrote: Jun 25, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I love Missbimbo.com I’m 25 years old and I play it everyday. I don’t really see the big deal that everyone else does. Not many children play this game it’s mostly people 16 and up. The game isn’t all about diet pills and breast implants. It’s fun to buy clothes and dress her up. Where’s the uproar on Bratz dolls? In my opinion those are a million times worse because they’re marketed specifically at young children. I think the funniest part of all of this is, all you people against it and making it a public uproar are bringing it to more people’s attention. So now instead of the 200,000 people registered it’s closer to a million. You just did a really good job of advertising for them.

  • Stephanie
    Wrote: Jun 25, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I also wanted to add, your assumption that this game is made for girls 7-17 is wrong. They only found one girl as young as 9 the majority are teenagers. Most regular players of the game, like I said before are 16 and older.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Jun 25, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Stephanie, those as young as seven can register. My opinion is that the website may be appropriate for a 25 woman such as yourself who is not easily influenced, but it is inappropriate for a young teenage girl.

    FYI: I just viewed the forums. You have over 100 members between the ages of 12 and 14, so how can you come here and tell us that most are 16 and older. I counted 4 that were were 9 and I did not even bother to view all 76 pages of the meet and Greet. One girl was 8. Yet you say “They only found one girl as young as 9.”

  • Stephanie
    Wrote: Jun 25, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    100 out of 708,174 is not many. I pulled my information from the original statistics from approx. 6 months ago. I can say most are 16 and older because they are! Very rarely do you come across anyone under the age of 14. The average user is in their late 20’s early 30’s!!!!!

    Maybe this website is not meant for someone who has yet to hit their teens, but who are you to say what websites should be banned? There are many other sites that anyone regardless of age can get into. Including pornography sites, where all they ask is for a simple age verification (most kids know how to lie)

    You’re wasting your time fighting this site. I agree with the people that say the parents should be monitoring their Internet usage so we don’t have issues and complaints.

    P.S. If parents don’t want their kids to play then they need to be a parent and monitor what their children do. Internet content should not be censored just because a kid might end up on the site, parents should use the tools provided like content censors that allow parents to limit access to web sites that they do not preselect for their kids to go to or just pay attention to them. You’d be surprised how easy it is to find out what your kids are up to when you sit down together for dinner and ask them what they did that day. I know parenting is a forgotten art form but maybe it’s due for a revival.

  • Rose DesRochers
    Wrote: Jun 25, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Stephanie, who am I to say? I’m a concerned parent. I’m curious if you are a parent?

    I did not go through the profiles of the 708,174 members. Like I previously stated I viewed the messages in the meet and greet forums. I did not view all 76 pages of the meet and Greet thread, but from the pages I did view I counted over 100 members between the ages of 12 and 14.

    You state that “Very rarely do you come across anyone under the age of 14. ”

    Again this is not true. One of the newest registered members who registered five days ago is 13.