The Beaten Dairies #3: Food in Games

APRIL ISSUE: POST #11

It’s a new week! Furthermore, excitingly and rather extravagantly, I have a bunch more posts lined up for the next upcoming days.

Today, it’s back to the series that I call ‘The Beaten Diaries’, where I am going through video games that I have beaten since I set up a shared PSN account with my husband back in August 2016.

I have already blogged about the first two games I’ve beaten; Lego Batman 2 and Lollipop ChainsawUnfortunately, we’re not continuing with ‘games beginning with L and released in June 2012’, instead, we’re moving onto a completely different title.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!

Yep. This is the third game I beat, after Lollipop Chainsaw. I guess I needed something to calm my mind after all those lollipops, zombies and bright flashy colours.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is one of my favourite animated films of all time, granted there are about twenty others on the list (including Coraline and and Fantastic Mr. Fox) but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs cheers me right up every time.

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The game though, well, it did cheer me up as well, it’s just that it’s not comparable to the greatness of the movie. Basically, it’s not the most amazing game in existence, but that’s okay, I mean, who actually thought it would be in the first place? I personally wasn’t expecting much, just a game of a movie that I love, which is awesome enough for me because, in all honesty, I just wanted to run around as Flint and save people from food. So I was fairly happy with it. The graphics are fine in the PS3 version, nothing incredible but pretty standard, and the gameplay and story and everything else is decent enough that I’ve actually played the game twice now.

This time around, I 100% the game within a day, so at least it’s an easy platinum even if the game isn’t your cup of tea. The game is actually beatable within 5 hours, so in terms of content, it’s okay, pretty short, but you can go back to each level and make sure you’ve collected everything, which means watch out if you’re a perfectionist.

On this blog, and everywhere outside of this blog, I like to be open-minded, so I think I would like to talk about food in video games in general next, rather than spouting on about how I love the movie.

Now obviously, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is big on food. It’s all about food. There’s food falling from the sky, for goodness sake. You can’t really get more food in video games than that. But, I have definitely encountered food in a lot of other games too, and here are some examples for you.

♦The Sims 

Surely everyone remembers a time when they were peacefully playing this game and then the stove caught fire? Your Sims beloved mac and cheese was no more. Maybe your beloved Sim was no more too.

The types of foods you could cook in this game was fairly ranged though. The first Sims game had salad, steak and beans, pizza, you name it! Even a marvelous turkey dinner! Okay, I’m exaggerating a little there, it wasn’t exactly the game that would make you want to instantly become a chef, but the games have certainly improved since, with foods such as spaghetti, pork chops, and lobster (when you reach level 10, apparently) in The Sims 2.

The Sims 3 is the game I have played the most in the series, and I have definitely burnt my fair share of waffles.

♦Cooking Mama

I don’t need to explain why this is on the list, right? I remember playing this on the Wii with one of my high school friends many years ago. It was really funny at the time, trying to make the best hamburgers we could and failing dramatically. I played it a lot on the DS too, and unfortunately, it was one of the games I traded in as a kid when I thought that trading in games was a cool thing to do. How I was wrong.

But anyway, enough regretting (I’ll find you again someday, Cooking Mama! Your ‘very good!’ has haunted me ever since), this series really has a diverse range of food and it’s fantastic. In the original game, there was omelets, shrimp tempura, rice- you name it!

If you really want to, you can explore all the different foods from all the Cooking Mama games right here!

♦Final Fantasy 15

“I’VE COME UP WITH A NEW RECIPEEEH”
Surely this was the main selling point of the game. Oh, Ignis, you and your chef ways.

I remember when I first heard that activities such as fishing, photography, and cooking were going to be implemented, I laughed really hard. Then when I heard Ignis’s famous line for the first time, it stayed with me ever since. I didn’t really pay too much attention to what recipes he made though, and I did want to, but I was playing the game with my husband and I didn’t want to weird him out by gluing my eyes to the screen to try and work out how it was prepared.

But from what I’m reading, there are foods such as vegetable medley stew, classic tomato and egg stir-fry, elegant orange cake and mystery meat sushi. Not sure if I trust that last one though.

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♦Fruit Ninja

Lots of fruit. Lots of ninja-ing. It’s Fruit Ninja!

Well, this was sure one of those games, wasn’t it. The one that was everywhere you went. I remember being totally in shock when I saw an arcade version in the amusements, where you can use your hands and your whole body to slash the fruit into pieces. It was a dream come true, and the most exercise I had in months. And now there’s a VR version, too?!

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Fruit Ninja basically involves swiping to murder as many pieces of flying fruits as possible. There’s plenty of fruit to destroy, such as watermelons, mangoes, pineapples, strawberries, apples- all the fruits you can think of! There’s even special rare fruit! I for one wish I could eat a frenzy banana in real life.

♦Pac-man

Well, we really must have a classic in this list, right? Pacman. He chomps all day and chomps all night. He chomps 24/7. He even looks like a pizza with a slice taken out of it.

Another reason why this game is on this list is that it is a fact that Pac-Man was actually the first game to show food as a feature, which highly contrasted with games filled with spaceships, at the time. You make Pac-Man eat fruit or his enemies, and there are some really neat sound effects to go with it. I was always super bad at this game, but at least I’m good at eating food in real life.

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Other mentions:
I AM BREAD (Am I? Last time I checked, I thought I was toast.)
Fantasy Life (You can be a chef if you want to be! It’s cute! Play it! Fulfil your chef dreams!)
Pizza Tycoon (“There is no moment in life that can’t be improved with pizza. Thank you.” 10 points if you know what that quote is from.)
Food Fight 
(I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to Atari games, but this seems like another retro game completely full of foody goodness!)
Diner Dash
(There are so many recreations of this game. People just love virtually running diners.)
Mario 
(There are mushrooms.)

Well, I sure am hungry now! While I go off to make some lunch, why not comment and tell me what your favourite video game foods are? 

Thank you and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

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