Amongst many other things, I’ve been writing about a few ‘games’ that I suspect that regular gamers would turn their nose up. I say regular instead of hardcore as I hate that term. Regular could do with some definition though – I mean you lot, people who have been gaming for a fair few years, know their way around FPS games etc. The thing is, the quite scary Stepford Wife-esque people on the Nintendo adverts are increasingly there. My cousins and adult relatives for example, have no interest in Halo or Call of Duty, but they’re mad about all those crappy Nickolodeon games and the likes of Dogz and iCarly. Their money is just as important as mine in the long run but they could certainly do with guidance.
And how about the many singing/karaoke games? Why are they ridiculed so much yet playing along to music with a plastic guitar is ‘cool’? That’s not anti plastic guitar by the way, I love them as much as the next Guitar Hero obsessed person. Karaoke is just as fun though providing you’re with the right people.
But anyway, these games deserve to be reviewed objectively if you ask me. Some of them aren’t even that bad in fact. Which is how I’ve found myself writing more about these casual games and I’ve tried to look at it from a fair perspective. Actually, for the most part, I’ve stuck them in front of an appropriate demographic and watched what happened. It’s not rocket science. Even kids who only play what we’d deem as crap, can still spot what is actually utter crap.
In the coming days, there’ll be words about Face Training too. Yes, Face Training. And Disney Sing It: Party Hits and Family Hits.
I guess it comes down to the debate of what we review games for. While some deserve detailed critiques, games/applications like these deserve consumer advice more than anything. Personally I reckon it’s all good and it all has its place.