I’m always on the lookout when wandering around in stores for things that seem odd or funny to me. I can’t help but snap a picture for later amusement and sharing with my friends. Lately, I’ve spotted a few different things that seemed quirky or odd to me, all in relation to video games.
I was shopping at Costco, one of my favourite stores to wander around aimlessly in. I never miss the section with all the books and video games because they’re always at least five bucks cheaper than anywhere else. I was in the gaming section when I frowned, seeing a stuffed doll and thinking it was out of place. I was wrong. This is an interactive baby that’s also a video game. Yes folks, that’s right. As far as I can tell, you shove a Wii-mote up inside the baby and it becomes a video game. Not only does that sound like something that really didn’t need to be made into a video game, but also the concept of putting the Wii-mote into the baby to make it a video game controller just isn’t right.
I’ve been curious about Bioshock for a long time, but was never able to play it until recently when we got an HD television. I tried on the boyfriend’s PC once and almost threw up because of the first person perspective. We were checking out EB games one day and as always, I checked the prices on the used PS3 games. Bioshock 2 used was priced as $17.99. On a whim, I checked to see what it was priced as new. I stared dumbfounded at the price sticker on the new copy that told me it was only $9.99. I picked them both up and looked at them in shock and then smiled happily to myself as I put the used one back and purchased a brand new copy for myself. I sincerely hope it was a pricing error and I got to stick it to EB games that day because the prices on their used games generally suck.
I remember when these two were on Full House and they were funny and cute and we all learned good moral, family values every Sunday night. I also remember when I stopped caring about them. This was in the used PS2 game section at EB and honestly, it kind of ticked me off. for one thing, the price is $14.99. Who the hell is going to pay $14.99 for a game about a sweet 16 birthday party…even if it does have Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in it? The part that really irked me, however, was written near the bottom right of the cover. It says, and I quote, “Real Games for Real Girls”. Really? Last time I checked, I was a girl. I can’t really see myself playing this and haven’t really missed its presence on my shelf beside games like Call of Duty: Black Ops or Resident Evil 5…both of which are MY games. I get that there are girls that would enjoy this game, to each her own. I have no problems with that. What I have a problem is them making it seem like girls have been sitting around forever, waiting for a game to come along that was all about girly pink birthday parties and turning sweet 16. Finally the day has come. It’s almost as bad as the stupid Wii Baby.
I loved Dirty Dancing when I was a kid. I still love it. It’s one of my favourite movies of all time. But I can’t understand who would think it would ever make a good video game. The concept of the movie lends nothing to a video game whatsoever. In fact, as far as I could tell from reading the back of the case, the premise of the game was that you were staying at the resort in the movie and all you do is play little mini games. It is like a million other pieces of shovelware out there and they decided to slap a classic movie title on it, hoping to sell more copies.
I actually saw this one last fall and it isn’t something I found weird. I found it to be totally awesome. I know that the Scott Pilgrim thing is actually a comic book and a movie as well, but it counts as a video game because I own the video game and freaking love it. It’s also awesome, because I love Pumpkin Spice Latte and was thrilled to see its return with the approaching Thanksgiving/Halloween season. Whomever drew this rules as a Barrista, a nerd and a human being in general. My hat off to them.