Video Game Girl

A few years ago, someone asked me what an ‘Uptown Girl’ video game would be like.  After thinking it over, I said it’d be a cross between ‘Maniac Mansion’ and ‘Street Fighter II’.  I played ‘Maniac Mansion’ when it was available on the original Nintendo and I loved it.  It was about a group of teenagers in a creepy mansion and they had to survive…uh, something.  An alien invasion or something.

It was very fun and interactive and many times pointless.  You could microwave a hamster or just drink Pepsi from the fridge.  You could save the lives of your friends or let them be kidnapped by the mad scientist.  It was awesome.

There was a pretty hilarious plot and multiple endings including one where the house exploded.  I loved the randomness of it.

‘Street Fighter II’ was just a straight forward fighting game.  I’m not much for fighting games, but I really dig the characters and pretty simple controls.

‘Uptown Girl’ can get pretty action-y from time to time, and I thought a game where you could have Sulky Girl face off against the Werewolves of London would be a lot of fun.

Anyway, the ‘Uptown Girl’ video game will likely never get made, but thanks to a lot of customization in video games today, she still pops up from time to time.

When Nintendo released the Wii a few years ago, it allowed the option to create avatars called a Mii.  They were pretty simple avatars but luckily for me, Uptown Girl and her friends are pretty simple too.

These were pretty simple designs, but it was still fun to use Rocketman as a character when I played ‘Mario Kart’.

Customization seems to be the norm these days in video games, but the new online DC Universe game for Playstation 3 really is impressive.  In the game you can design a character and give them abilities and powers and they run around the city alongside Superman beating up bad guys.

If you play this game ( I hear it’s awesome), you might see Uptown Girl trying to save the day.


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