Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Barbie: The Gamer Grill

Universal Home Video Barbie Video Game Hero Blu-ray
Barbie has had more jobs than any 100 people may have had in their lifetime. She's been to space, blinded us with science, donned a cape for super-heroics, gone full stealth as a spy and..umm..worked at McDonalds. In recent years, Mattel has been pushing to shatter the misconceptions of Barbie and her opulent lifestyle with marketing geared toward empowering little women to be anything they can dream. Today, we learned about a straight to DVD Barbie movie in which avid gamer Barbie is magically transported into her video game universe. The first part of that statement is something I heartily give massive thumbs up for, as women in gaming are still getting beat up out there, and this should not be the state of things. The second part could provide potential, unintentional hilarity...

Remember when Barbie was a super hero and she left some guys stranded on a rock in the middle of an ocean so she could help a lil girl do her hair?? ...This might be funnier.

Get ready to power up! When Barbie™ magically gets pulled into her favorite video game, she is excited to see she's transformed into a fun roller-skating character. In the game, she meets new friend Cutie, the lovable cloud-shaped character, and Bella, the roller-skating princess. Together, they discover a mischievous emoji character is trying to take control of the game. As they travel from level to level, Barbie™ must rely on her amazing gaming skills and out-of-the box thinking to save her team and beat the game!

Ok..well...that was adorable. I have no jokes. To be sure, this movie doesn't represent the massive contingent of female gaming enthusiasts who swear like pirates and blow people's virtual heads off daily...but it's they get a pass. At least it doesn't default to challenging "girl games" like Fashion Simulator, Fight for FAME and Makeup Simulator!!

Barbie Video Game Hero hits DVD and Blu-ray January 31, 2017!

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