Not wasting enough time watching TV? Try these upcoming TV games
by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 18th 2009 12:03PM
Is television taking up too much of your time? Do you find yourself spending night after night on the couch, spending hours of quality time clutching your remote in the hopes it will lead you down the primrose path of perfect entertainment? Have you wasted entire days of your life decreasing the firmness of the coils in your couch with your ever increasing ass planted firmly in front of the idiot box?
If so, maybe a more physical activity would perk up your droll and dull life. Why not put down that remote, throw that TV Guide in the trash compactor and pick up that video game controller for a few hours of TV-related interactive entertainment? Because exercise is for people with no creative thought for self-entertainment.
Here is just a sample of some TV show game spinoffs headed to an XBox, Playstation or coffee table near you.
First up, Destructoid announced that a video game based on the under appreciated Fox drama Prison Break is currently in development. It's way too early in development to predict what kind of game this will be, but fans of the show can expect a lot of stealthy sneaking around and beat 'em up goodness to fulfill even the most sadistic human's thirst for destruction. It should also come in handy around Christmas time for the person in your family who is most likely to be serving time in the New Year. You know who they are.
Next up, it's been awhile since South Park has been repackaged into a video game, and for good reason. The stream of foul-mouthed platform knock-offs made for some of the most bland and frustrating forms of entertainment since Scruples was made into a board game. That's why it's perfect for XBox Live! Microsoft Game Studios has gotten their grubby little hands on the long-running Comedy Central franchise and turned it into South Park Let's Go Tower Defense Play! (it's good to know the illiterate are able to find work as video game title writers in this cold economic climate).
It's a fairly simple looking real time strategy game, with the boys defending their territory from endless waves of hippies, ginger kids and 6th graders that actually looks like it could be the best game in the South Park franchise. Of course, that title has nowhere to go but since a steaming bowl of dog vomit could be way more entertaining than Chef's Love Shack ever could be and ever will.
Also, it's been more than 10 minutes since CSI has been turned into a video game, so Ubisoft is back on the case with CSI: Deadly Intent set for release later this year. This latest incarnation of the never-ending CBS franchise features the likenesses of the new cast working on a string of murders that, according to the trailer, require meticulous attention to detail, steady hands and strings of inappropriate jokes about people dying in jacuzzis and honeymoon suites.
Finally, if the thought of playing video games makes you worry about the state of your lawn, the board game company Gamaka has got you covered. They have a slew of board and interactive DVD games based on top tier TV franchises such as America's Next Top Model, Dexter, The L Word, Charmed and (my favorite of the bunch) the original Twilight Zone. Friends sold separately.