Now available in stores across the country, Game Developer Barbie is here to prove that anyone has the power to create crappy match-three games, even if they only have five points of articulation.
My second and final full day at my very first Toy Fair 2016 in New York City has come and gone, and already I miss it terribly. Nothing flipping through photos of Nerf guns, Pokemon plushies, Final Fantasy figures, Monster High dolls, Transformers, Marvel heroes and more can’t fix.
Earlier this week Mattel introduced its 2016 Barbie lineup, packed with new shapes and sizes and one exciting new profession. Game developer Barbie is a great idea, though while I’ve seen plenty of devs working from a laptop on a crystal cylinder, I think we can do better.
Criticisms of Barbie's unnatural proportions and (usually) vapid lifestyle are nothing new; believe it or not, it's been twenty years since Lisa Lionheart took on Malibu Stacey on The Simpsons. But there's never been a rival doll that's looked quite like this before.
This is gameplay footage of Barbie's Dreamhouse Party, recorded by Rock, Paper, Shotgun. It terrified me. I showed it to my three year-old daughter. She stared blankly at it for a minute before softly walking away.
Over the last 53, soon 54 years, Mattel's Barbie has done everything from being a doctor, to going to space as an astronaut, however Barbie's accomplishments are only found within the realm of the "fantastic plastic" world. Despite being a fictional "embodiment" of women, Barbie has hit the real world with different…
Think back to the video games of the 80s and 90s and most characters, let alone protagonists, were dudes. But not all of them. Which is where the delightfully-named Femicom comes in.
Mattel is the company behind some of the world's hottest toy brands, including Hot Wheels, Barbie, Fisher-Price, and Masters of the Universe. Now the company hands over the rights to create video games on those properties to THQ.
Halo Wars is an easy sell. It's Halo, it's real-time strategy, it's on the Xbox 360. Don't tell Amazon that, though. They've got their own idea of what the game's like.