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Yes, Virginia - there are iCarly video games for Christmas

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 14th 2009 4:09PM
iCarly's game from Activision is an effort to get girls into gaming.It never fails to amaze me that there very popular kid's shows out there -- complete with extensive merchandising -- that I've never heard of (though I write about entertainment for a living). Nickelodeon's iCarly is one of those shows.

I wouldn't know an episode of iCarly if one sideswiped me in LA traffic, but no one at the network nor anyone associated with the show could give a chimp since the series comes packed with an extensive following, cross-media popularity for star Miranda Cosgrove, Emmy nominations and a wide variety of product tie-ins -- including two new video games from Activision.

In a world full of games inviting me to kill zombies, take on Nazi Panzer divisions and out-scheme NFL masterminds, I couldn't imagine where to begin a game about a plucky early teen who creates a web series with her perky friends. But Activision's game designers came up with successful new titles for the Wii and Nintendo DS.

The games are not just Nickelodeon and Activision teaming up to give girls something to do with their game consoles. It's part of an ongoing effort to bring female teenagers into a video game market that's clearly dominated by boys.

If such an effort is underway, there would be worse TV franchises to buy into than iCarly and its positive image of young girls. For $40 and $30 respectively, the Wii and DS titles are great ideas for any girl you know who holds interest in games that wander from the gore and violence found in many male-oriented games.

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iCarly is a great show! Seriously, I challenge anyone to give it a shot. Dan Schnieder is the Executive Producer of the show and he has a great sense of humor. There are some parts that are more for kids than others (the web show they make), but there are also shout outs to old school comedy like jokes from Caddy Shack and other stuff for adults to get a kick out of. To me this is probably the 2nd best sitcom on TV right now behind Big Bang Theory.

December 14 2009 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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