Step away from the stove, Cooking Mama. Iron Chef Michael Symon wants to teach gamers how to cook with a new videogame.
The Food Network's upcoming Wii title Cook or Be Cooked!, developed by Red Fly Studio (Mushroom Men) and published by Namco Bandai, features more than 30 recipes taken from the Food Network Kitchens. Would-be cooks can play through the game and learn the basics, like bacon and eggs, or move to more advanced recipes such as lasagna and steak.
But even as casual gaming gathers steam, and developers pump out a never-ending stream of educational titles that sometimes appeal to parents more than young gamers, one question remains: Can a videogame really teach people how to cook?