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Thursday, October 22

Cook Your Dinner...And Never Leave the Couch!

I think Food Network's new Wii game, "Cook or Be Cooked" (in stores Tuesday, Nov. 3rd), may be one of the smartest products the cable channel's released in years.

Why? Because despite the name and general message to (at times) inspire people to cook for themselves, Food Network would probably prefer you just sat on your ass and never moved away from the TV enjoyed the wide variety of programming and interesting advertisements for the longest possible stretch. You can always eat later... there's another TRIPLE D episode on! Followed by an interesting cake competition! Don't stand up!

Still, unfortunately, people do get up and stop watching the cable channel from time to time... even me.

So that's why the idea of reaching out to gamers, some of whom spend hours and hours of uninterrupted periods of their day engrossed in gaming, is pretty genius.

Makers say that the game aims to "teach players real, practical cooking skills using their Wii Remote and Nunchuk."

Plus, one half of TUSCHELSON even appears!

"Throughout the game, players receive tips, feedback and reviews from Food Network’s Vice President of Marketing and The Next Food Network Star judge, Susie Fogelson, and Food Network Kitchens chef Mory Thomas."

I don't have a Wii system, but have tested them out at friends' places before. I would probably get addicted to them, just like everybody else. Does the idea of "cracking an egg, to oiling a pan, to seasoning the perfect steak" excite all you Wii users out there?!

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At 10/22/2009 9:06 PM , Blogger Annemarie said...

YES! I can't wait. I think it sounds hilarious and fun!

At 10/23/2009 12:58 PM , Blogger Lindsay K said...

Sounds like Cooking Mama to me with the FN logo thrown on it

At 10/23/2009 2:51 PM , Blogger Alec Smart said...

Food Network think they are some kind of branding animal ?

Of all the crap they adorn their name on, I would most likely buy this and it's not because it's FN

You could use this to train Aaron McCargo Jr.

At 10/23/2009 7:24 PM , Blogger Dick Bronson said...

There are actually some rather fun cooking games out there. I'll stick with the ones I already have, maybe pick this one up when it makes its way to Big Lots by January.

At 10/24/2009 11:58 AM , Blogger Charles said...

LOL @ Alec, you never fail to amuse!

I don't quite get the Wii phenom. I have played it at friends' places and it's fun for about 15 minutes. That being said, maybe a new game would put Rach and Pauler' in head to head competition. You choose the character and see how many dishes you can whip up, products you can brand and how many tv shows you can pitch to Tuschelson, all in under 30 minutes! You could unlock other FN personalities!

At 10/24/2009 4:02 PM , Blogger Lord of Light AZ said...

Since I no longer cook this might be for me

At 10/26/2009 3:29 PM , Blogger Alec Smart said...

I am going to have to take back my comment.

I hear this game is pretty bogus and even casual gamers and gaming newbies give it a failing grade.

Just another product FN puts their name on for a cut.
Hey Tuschelson, I think alot of of viewers are buying into the greed wave FN seem to be on. There is point that you can go into partnerships with companies that produce fine products. Oh wait aligning with FN might tarnish a quality company.Ok I know why .


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