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Desperate Gamers

Posted on Thursday, October 5 @ 16:52:15 Eastern by Duke_Ferris
The Desperate Housewives video game launched today. No, really. I can't make stuff like this up.

My wife, Miranda, loves that show. I've actually seen a couple episodes with her, and while it's not the sort of thing I would watch, it also isn't the worst TV habit she's ever picked up.

The thing I can't figure out is whether this is the worst idea of all time, or the best. After all, the Entertainment Software Association keeps reminding us that the average gamer age is now 33, and the 38% of gamers are women. Granted, they count "casual" gamers too, people that my nerdy friends and I wouldn't consider gamers at all.

I just have to keep reminding myself that they're not trying to sell this game to me. After all, The Sims enjoyed a lot of success among women, and the game industry is always lamenting how it essentially ignores women. Besides, Desperate Housewives is already a board game, a clothing line, a fragrance, and a cookbook, so what the heck, why not?

In the end, it all comes down to whether or not the game is any good. And again, I have to remind myself it doesn't matter whether or not I think the game is any good. If I would like it, they totally screwed up. I already know i have no desire to live on Wysteria Lane. If they did their job right, the developers made the game for that other 38%, casual-gaming, Housewife watching gamer. In other words - my wife.


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