I just got the game Six Flags Fun Park for the Nintendo DS, and absolutely love it. I'm a little stuck trying to get all the collectibles, especially since no one has written any sort of guide. I mean, the game came out in 2008, and no one on the entire Internet has written a guide. That has got to be one unimpressive game. But I like it. It's sort of like Kinect Disneyland Adventures, except you do favors for other guests and park employees instead of Disney characters, and instead of games based on rides you just play a lot of carnival games. It's silly and fun, and a lot of the characters are just plain ridiculous. All the kids have names like "fundimentals girl" or "curious boy" and they all say crazy things when you talk to them. The thing I like best about the game is there is no tutorial. The controls are easy to figure out, the objectives are simple, so it just dumps you in the park and lets you figure out where to go and what to do. The best they do is put a star on your map showing you who to talk to next, and even that goes away after you finish the main story. For a kid's game made in 2008 NOT to have endless tutorials like they expect the player to never have picked up a controller before is a huge blessing.
The thing that got me, though, was this one part of the game. At the beginning of your game you choose your gender, your character's shirt/dress color, and your name. I picked a blue-dressed girl and named her Allie, because I always name my characters Allie, even in Legend of Zelda games where your character is male, because I like to pretend that I'm the hero and everyone depends on me and is all "Allie, you're so great! Oh, no, Allie, save the day! Allie, you're a hero!" So I've told the game that I'm a female.
One section of the park is called Astro City, and it's all Tomorrowland-y with aliens and junk, and there's a character called Future [Your Name] who won't tell you what happens to you in 2019, and later commits a crime that you're blamed for. Future Allie has white hair, blue skin, and triangle glasses, and looks very mannish but not completely masculine. I looked carefully and decided that, yes, it did look enough like a woman. I mean, they probably have to use the same portrait no matter which character you pick, so they made it androgynous and called it a day. They even made the skin blue so that they wouldn't have to worry about what race your character ended up being (different shirt colors came with different races and hair- if you pick blue, like me, you're peach-skinned with brown hair. If you pick yellow, you're brown skinned with black hair. Like that.)
Except then the narration referred to Future Allie as a "he." Several times. Like, they wrote the character one way, and didn't program it to change if you picked another character. They were so sure I was going to pick a male character that they didn't even bother to program my counterpart as a female. Yeah. Way to acknowledge half the human race. Six Flags Fun Park is also hardly the kind of game that attracts more males than females. I mean, if this was Testosterone-Fueled Alien Gun Fest 3 for the Xbox, yeah, I'd understand that they might slip up and program your future self as automatically male even if there's a female option. But Six Flags Fun Park? This is the kind of game that everyone assumes girls are playing instead of Testosterone-Fueled ect. ect. How did they think *I* committed the crime when an old androgynous man was the one who did it? Was everyone in Astro City taking Stupid Pills instead of the capsule food they have in the future? THAT EXPLAINS SO MUCH.
It doesn't ruin the game for me. I mean, out of all the many many problems the game has, this isn't even a blip. And I love the game despite said problems, so this doesn't really register. I just thought it was weird.
There's one thing that bothers me a little more than the fact that I'm going to turn into a guy sometime in the next few years. In Stadium City, there's a girl called Bored Girl who says, "This area of the park is, like, lame. Only guys like these kinds of sports. Where are the shopping and gossiping games?" UUGGGGH. I mean, really? Do I even need to say anything? There just *had* to be that kind of girl somewhere, is that it? At least Superstar Sarah makes up for it. She's so awse.
Other highlights of the game:
* In Stadium City, there is a big, dumb jock named Moose. Next to him is is smaller lackey. His name is Squirrel. This is hilarious.
* In Stadium City, NOT Hurricane Harbor, is a kid called Schooner Kid, who says, "I really like sailing! Do you know what the difference between a sailboat and a schooner is?" Totally random.
* Not far from Bored Girl is Fundamentals Girl, who says, "I personally prefer women's basketball to men's. I know they can't dunk, but they have good fundamentals!" This may or may not be a Futurama reference.
* Hurricane Harbor is where Marty the (Modern) Pirate hangs out. He downloads music (geddit??)
There are tonnes more, but you'll have to pick up the game from the bargain bin of your local Gamestop to find out what happens