The Year That Was: Food Video Games
Continuing The Year That Was, with food-based pixelated distractions.
OMG. How many food video games came out this year? Major League Eating was announced in early March, teased us in April, still hadn't come out in May (when we sent Ben Brown to a press event in San Francisco and Gordon Mark to one in New York), and finally came out via WiiWare on July 14. MLE was perhaps the most inspired of this bunch of games, which also included Iron Chef America, Cake Mania, and Hell's Kitchen (which Gordon Mark, who sort of became our de facto in-house food-gamer, reviewed here—and a whole host of others we've probably overlooked.
All this nonsense inspired a parody. And it was dead-on: Dishwashing Champion.
Oh, so this game is not really food-related, but we identified some of the real-life restaurants in Grand Theft Auto IV's Liberty City.
We also discovered some food-related micro games that came about when the Sims Carnival let anyone develop quick Flash-based games.
In August, a video game inspired a real-life product, when the "E" energy tanks from Mega Man (used to refill your character's energy) debut in drinkable form. And in October, Gamer Grub debuted, largely to jeers.