Hey, I'm a guy. More specifically, I'm a guy writing about Barbie games. But before I get into the nitty gritty about Barbie games, I would like to do a little background discussion on Barbie, and no, I am not some kind of Barbie historian so do not look for that kind of in depth Barbie talk. We are just going to skim the surface of Barbie world to get a better understanding of some possible reasons that we have Barbie games in the first place. Again, remember that I am no Barbie scholar … just a guy … writing about Barbie games.
Everyone knows who Barbie is. She is one of those icons that will always be around-an icon that got her start and is still most known as a toy doll. Although we see her with many different outfits, hairstyles (and colors), complexions, and accessories, when we think of Barbie I'd say that most of us see her as a tall white blonde. To me the amusing thing about it is that with as many different ways we see Barbie, she is always her tall, grossly disproportionate self with (as far as I know) the same contented smiling face on every doll. The template is never broken. I think I heard it once that if Barbie was a real person she would be over seven feet tall to scale. Her arms and legs and torso are too long, and her chest is too large, and it has been said that Barbie is to blame for helping ruin girls' perceptions of how they should look and how they may feel for not living up to an impossible standard. At any rate, I do not want to get into my opinion about. I'm not a psychologist either; I just wanted to throw that out there for background's sake.
Anywhere Barbie has done it all: she has ridden horses, Jeeps, Ferraris, Volkswagen Beetles, thrown pool parties, gone to Hawaii and all over the world, she's also owned numerous pets and masqueraded as some sort of Butterfly lady from time to time. She even has cousins like Thumbelina and Polly Pocket. Some may call these different toys gimmicks; some may call them classics and collectors' items. I'm dare to day that they are all of the above!
The point I'm getting at here is that Barbie sells, and she sells everything: dolls, accessories, toy cars, lunch boxes, backpacks, posters, bedspreads, clothing, makeup, books, DVD's, and (finally we come to it) video games. I am unsure of how many console games she has sold, but she's course has online Barbie games. Most of them are dress up or makeover Barbie games, but you can find puzzle games and other decorative games. You can plant gardens or walk your dog through a dog show obstacle course, and although most of these games are free, you can bet that they are there to inadvertently advertise some new piece of merchandise that the makers of Barbie want you (or your child ) to gaze upon.
The ironic thing about it is that even though us guys are generally disgusted by pink, girly toys, if you are a guy with an older sister or sisters (which I am and know others like me) you have at one time probably begged and pleaded to play with Barbie dolls to fit in with your older sibling. And if you had a nice sister, you were "allowed" to join in. However, if your sister (or sisters) were mean to you, you were not so lucky, or were you? I just want to end by saying that the quality of Barbie games seem to be good, so if you like Barbie, knock yourself out! It probably is fun for girls … and desperate little brothers.