Ay, the Wii bairn

Baby and Me for the WiiChatty Cathy was never like this. “Baby and Me” by 505 Games is, for lack of a better description, an infant simulation for Nintendo’s Wii console, and Kotaku’s Owen Good seems, um, unimpressed:

[I]t takes doll-playing to the next level by incorporating motion control (and balance board support!) into 18 game modes designed to test even the most darling little girl’s resistance to saccharine depictions of parenting.

Not only that, this hellspawn will actually cry through the Wiimote’s speaker. You quiet baby down by rocking, burping and teaching him/her/it to walk. There’s even a feeding exercise. I’m sensing a Wiimote breast pump attachment down the line.

I could be wrong, but I suspect that some of the people actually playing this simulator, which is due out next week, might not be “darling little girls.”

(Via Popgadget.)





8 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    4 November 2009 · 10:34 am

    There already exists a “Baby Think It Over” doll, which many teenagers are required to spend time with (as part of Health classes or somesuch). It’s a doll that randomly cries, comes with a chip that records evidence of abuse, etc., etc. (I was once at a party where a woman had been hired by her daughter to “babysit” the thing. It was creepy.)

    I presume the idea is to encourage kids to, in fact, “think it over.” Perhaps this is a similar thing?

    As a child, I was distinctly discomfited by the toys that “did” things; it seemed like a lot of them didn’t need to be played with; they needed an audience.

  2. CGHill »

    4 November 2009 · 10:43 am

    Which in itself is bad juju: if there’s one thing worse than an overpriced machine marketed to kids, it’s a needy overpriced machine marketed to kids.

  3. McGehee »

    4 November 2009 · 1:55 pm

    if there’s one thing worse than an overpriced machine marketed to kids, it’s a needy overpriced machine marketed to kids.

    Or, as I like to call them, noisy footballs.

    Of course, pesky cats also qualify, but my wife gets mad.

  4. fillyjonk »

    4 November 2009 · 3:22 pm

    Yeah, but cats you can often get for free, if you have a friendly neighborhood Crazy Cat Lady.

    there also used to be a line of toys (aimed at 20 somethings, I think), called Needies – these plush monster things that would (apparently) whine at you if you left them alone too long. I assume those are a toy of which fun is not the purpose?

  5. unimpressed »

    4 November 2009 · 4:04 pm

    Sounds like a “bigger, badder, better” and even more annoying NeoPet.

  6. McGehee »

    4 November 2009 · 7:27 pm

    Yeah, but cats you can often get for free, if you have a friendly neighborhood Crazy Cat Lady.

    We don’t say the CCL phrase in my house.

    Not anymore.

  7. Donna B. »

    5 November 2009 · 6:12 am

    I’m having a terrible time finding a doll that doesn’t do anything to buy for my granddaughter for Christmas. Worse, the few that marginally qualify are advertised as being made slightly vanilla scented vinyl.

  8. fillyjonk »

    5 November 2009 · 7:49 am

    Donna: I’d suggest one of the many handcraftsperson-made rag dolls out there, but I think the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act made them illegal. At least for persons under 12.

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