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Sesame Street Kinect Game Coming From Double Fine

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Posted February 15, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

Sesame Street Kinect Game Coming From Double Fine

Ordinarily, we wouldn't be telling you about a Sesame Street video game. Only the most precocious toddlers read our site (hi, Dave!), and most of the readers we do have will never procreate. But kiddie game Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster is different: It's from Double Fine. Yes, the company founded by Tim Schafer, creator of Stacking, Psychonauts and the not kid-friendly-at-all head-banger Brutal Legend.

The game itself is for Kinect, and is described as a "truly original interactive experience," where players join Cookie Monster, Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they explore a living storybook. Sounds like a "jump into the painting!" style game, tailored made of Kinect and playing with little children -- insert pedobear reference here.



“It’s great to be working with Warner Bros., especially on a game like Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, which brings together so many things we all care about,” said Tim Schafer, President and CEO of Double Fine Productions.

No word yet on the release date.

Kiddie game or not, I'm going to watch this one. The blending of Tim Schafer, Jim Henson's Muppets and motion control is way too intriguing to ignore. In fact, I'll go all out and make a prediction: This game is going to be awesome. Double Fine is looking for a console hit after their last "big" game tanked; Sesame Street is a revered franchise with interesting, engaging characters that everyone remembers and loves, and the Kinect is tailor-made for kid games. When you add in Tim Schafer's whimsical artistic output and many years of experience as the secret ingredients in the stew, I think we'll end up with a left field game that is strangely great.

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