Like most people growing up in the “Millennial Generation” I am quite a fan of video games. This is all well and good until it's combined with also being a fan of nachos, as a sedentary lifestyle plus bad for you food equals increased bodily fatty deposits. If only there was some other way to combine the two loves, some kind of nacho video game for example. A quick Google later and I had found such a game and after a long period of extended boredom I had come to the conclusion that there was a reason why nacho related games weren't a big thing.
“Sara’s Cooking Class: Nachos & Dip” is a video game in much the same way that clicking on pictures on a screen while reading a cookbook is a video game, in that it is not. Ingredients appear on screen as well as a picture of which item you should click on, which you do and that progresses the creating of the virtual nachos. Skill required, none.
Now I realize this is a product aimed at children, it is featured on the site Girls Go Games, but I feel like even they would find it more productive to go to their kitchen and actually making them rather than not doing that here. As sexist as implying that girls belong in the kitchen cooking, implying that they belong online in a fake kitchen cooking is the cherry on the cake of misogyny. And what’s even worse is that they’re not even making nachos, but instead just chips and dip, and as we all know, chips and dip aren’t nachos.
Trying to indoctrinate children into thinking that what they are making are nachos and not just the first step in making nachos is not only irresponsible, but also dangerous. I immediately set about contacting the game makers and sent them the following message. It may come across as harsh and demanding, but there are nachos on the line.
I write for the nacho information site Nachonomics and recently your game "Nachos & Dip: Sara's Cooking Class" came to my attention. My question for you is why is this game called "Nachos & Dip" when the instructions are for making chips & dip, not nachos. As the below link explains there is quite the difference between the two:
I kindly request that you change the name of this game so as to not confuse impressionable young girls, or make a game where Sara cooks up some actual nachos and not just chips and dip. Thank you for your time.
Unsurprisingly I heard nothing back, which is probably understandable. Why would a bunch of dudes in the Netherlands care about someone questioning the legitimacy of one of the hundreds of their games, which are aimed at little girls? After a month of trying to get a hold of them I decided to take matters into my own hands and comment on the game’s page itself. I signed up for an account, probably the oldest non creep on the site to do so, but then learned that I needed to earn a hundred points before I was allowed to comment. 100 points! Ain’t nobody got time for that! Especially when beating a game only gives you 5 points, because seriously ain't nobody (that’s not a kid with nothing better to do) got time for beating 20 of these “games”. I had to admit defeat.
In summation, making nachos in your kitchen would be a much more fun a “game” than this thing. Perhaps if you are a horrible parent who just wants something to occupy the kid you didn’t want and can’t be bothered to care for you can sit them in front of this drivel and they’ll learn something, but that thing won’t be making nachos, just chips and dip. Spend some time with your kid, teach them a useful skill, and enjoy some bonding with them by actually cooking nachos in the kitchen. These are the memories your children will cherish as they’re delivering your eulogy after you’re dead.
0 out of 10 stars.