Gaming is for girls: video games for “Clueless” and “Mean Girls” are in the works

 
 

There’s quite a few tidbits of information from the video games press sector this week. Sure it’s in the shadow of E3, but hey it’s still video gaming news, so here we go.

Legacy Interactive has teamed up with Paramount Digital Entertainment to develop titles based on the popular Paramount Pictures’ films Clueless, Mean Girls and Pretty in Pink. Yes ladies and gents, it’s all about casual gaming here and it sounds absolutely dire.

Here’s a rundown straight from the press sheet:

In Clueless: The Game, the player takes on the part of Cher trying to find perfect boyfriends for all her pals. Players will need to figure out what kind of guy their friends want by noticing what clothes these potential suitors wear and what sort of interests they have. Once Cher knows what they want, she will have to pick out the right elements to make the perfect man for them. Players will have to be quick! Love waits for no one!

Mean Girls: High School Showdown allows players to take on the role of a student trying to restore balance to the many cliques in their high school and to end the reign of the terrible “plastic clique” — the prettiest girls and the meanest of the mean. To do this, players will need to unite the cliques by using a few tricks of their own. Players can choose to take the high road by using kind words and revealing important truths at the right time, or use the Plastic’s own evil tricks against them, by using rumors, pranks and put downs. A mix of both might go a long way, too!

The classic 80’s hit movie, Pretty in Pink, is known as a movie that defined a generation, and now players will have the chance to relive the story in an all-new entertaining game format. Through a series of beautifully rendered scenes, players will need to solve a variety of fun and challenging visual puzzles in order to experience the memorable story about love, friendship, the clash of social cliques and how to rise above them. Andie, Duckie, Blane, and the rest of the unforgettable characters from both “the wrong side of the tracks” and not, return to play out the romantic fairytale love story, but this time with a dramatic difference … their fate will be put in the hands of the player.

So there you have it: women gamers once more looked upon as drivel by a certain sector of the games industry (given these games will surely only appeal to the 8-10 female, if even).

In other news this week, the teaser trailer for the new Tomb Raider: Underworld game was released and looks awesome. Its use of Mozart’s “Lacrimosa” is superb and the trailer brings about all manner of questions, such as “Lara … WTF are you doing?!!” and “Lara, why are your pants so low, doesn’t that hinder climbing somewhat and give you terrible wedgies?”

Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop (what a great title!) is the Wii game based on zombie fest Dead Rising, which has sold in excess of one million units since its release in 2006 (pretty cool game, but not fantastic). Chop Till You Drop is scheduled to hit store shelves this winter and utilizes the WiiMote to shoot, slash and bludgeon through a zombie infested shopping mall.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords – Revenge of the Plague Lord — wow that’s some title — hit the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on July 23, 2008, just on the off-chance you missed it. The expansion pack is available for play as an addition to LesbianGamers‘ favorite game Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords for Xbox LIVE Arcade. It includes four new hero professions, scores of new spells to cast and items to collect, challenging new quests, monsters and bosses, and the introduction of a new archenemy. Revenge of the Plague Lord will set you back 700 Microsoft Points.

World renowned for their amazing shredding abilities, three legendary guitar artists make their virtual debut in Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock. The Guitar Virtuoso Track Pack continues the ultimate rock experience with three fresh master tracks set to storm living rooms across the globe from July 24.

New tracks include influential guitarist Joe Satriani’s soulful 1987 hit, “Surfing with the Alien,” guitar slinger Steve Vai’s reflective, “For the Love of God,” and eccentric guitarist, Buckethead, as he shreds “Soothsayer,” at hyper-speed.

I don’t recognize the names of any of the songs and would rather have some Amy Lee, but I guess she’s more Rock Band than Guitar Hero. The Guitar Virtuoso Track Pack is available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and the PlayStation Store now.

Do any of these sound worthy of your game time?

 
 

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