The Kardashians are everywhere. It’s unavoidable. Even if you’re of my mindset and believe the only good Kardashian is a Cardassian, you’ll still inevitably be forced to see some sign of the reality TV family in your life, whether you like it or not. Until now, we’ve mostly been spared the site of Kardashians in our games, but that can’t last.
I mean, the family has already started working their way into the virtual world. I’m not just talking about the free, browser-based flash games like potentially offensive Slap Kim Kardashian for adults or the Kardashian Sisters Make-Up game for kids. They’re already in a major release. EA made Kim Kardashian a playable character in the 2008 fighting game FaceBreaker. While some people may have relished the chance to send her into the ring, probably the same people who play Slap Kim Kardashian, others would see it as a sign of things to come.
Not to mention there are already iOS Kardashian games. Girls can beg their parents for Kim Kardashian Dress Up, which allows them to dress up Kim. There was apparently even demand enough for one developer to create Kimye: Dating Sim for Kim Kardashian & Kanye West. It’s a good thing that app is free, because I’m not sure many people would be willing to pay for the chance to pretend to be Kanye West as he attempts to woo Kim Kardashian. Of course, I’m speaking too soon, as a peek at the product listing shows people have actually spent money on in-app purchases to get gems to buy items for Kim or energy to keep pursuing her. That shows people have already shown they’re willing to spend more than just a few moments playing some free game, they’re actually willing to spend money on a Kardashian game. That’s bound to catch some publisher’s eye.
After all, EA’s already shown it’s ready, willing and eager to attach celebrities who have no business being involved with a game in their games. Just look at the The Sims 3/Katy Perry mash-up. Earlier this year you could get either a special version of the The Sims 3: Showtime expansion that adds a Katy Perry sim and items to the game. Not to mention there was a The Sims 3: Katy Perry Sweet Treats stuff pack.
Though really, we can’t say EA’s the only company willing to cash-in on celebrities. Absolute Entertainment and Imagineering Inc. made a Home Improvement SNES game. Sega is responsible for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch: Make My Video. Plus we’ve all seen those endless copies of Michael Jackson: The Experience clogging up the discount bins. (True fact: I saw five copies of Michael Jackson: The Experience for the PSP at Goodwill last week for $3.99 each.)
We know companies are capable of making terrible games in the hopes of making a quick buck. It’s unavoidable. We mostly accept it because sometimes these ridiculous games make money which allow the developers and publishers to make the games we actually want to play. All I’m saying is, we better brace ourselves for the worst, because if this Kardashian fad doesn’t fade soon, we could start seeing Kim Kardashian’s Style Coach in the game aisle between the Journey Collector’s Edition and L.A. Noire.