There have always been food, cooking and restaurant related video games available. Cake Mania is a very popular computer game where you run your own bakery. The (terrifying) Burger King King stars in a series and, several years back, I had a restaurant tycoon game that allowed you to digitally become a top restaurateur. Most foodie games are entertaining, but none really have all that much more going on than non-foodie games, with the exception of tasty looking graphics. There is a new game out for Nintento Wii that is worth mentioning, however, as it takes gaming for foodies to a whole new level.
Cooking Mama Cook Off is a game that takes advantage of the Wii’s unique controller to simulate cooking far more realistically than any game up until now. You can chop, fry and stir – amongst other general kitchen actions – with the controller in-hand and the game’s screen will mimic your work. It somehow makes gaming a bit more satisfying, although if you play it enough it will leave you feeling a little hungry when you’re done.