You know, I never really thought about all the ways meat has been depicted in video games until I saw this image (inspired by The Legend of Zelda, obviously) in artist Ashley Anderson's Flickr photostream:
Of this piece, Anderson says: "I seriously love this representation of meat on its own aesthetic merits, but I also love the universality of it."
Other entries in the artist's "Enemy Bait" series feature sprites pulled from Komani's classic arcade game, Pooyan, and SNK's Metal Slug X. (See the Pooyan piece here, and the Metal Slug piece here.)
You know which pixelated piece of meat I'd like to see in Anderson's photostream? The one that causes the protagonist to go crazy in the Bonk's Adventure/PC Genjin games.
See also: 'Dark Cake'