Is The Imagine computer game series stuck in the 1950s?

There's a wonderful Harry Enfield sketch, entitled "Women! Know your Limits!" that mocks public information films from the 1940s and 1950s. In it, Mr Cholmondley-Warner implores women to steer clear of difficult dinner party topics, such as politics, and stick to simple things they can understand, such as fluffy kittens and smiling prettily.

Thankfully, times have changed. Or at least I thought they had, before a press release from a games company popped into my inbox. Ubisoft, which created titles such as Jam Sessions, Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell, is launching a new range of games for girls.

The Imagine series will be hitting shops in the coming weeks, and my, what an inspiring range of games it is. There's Imagine Babies, where impressionable youngsters can babysit a virtual infant and "undertake numerous mini games to maintain a lovely house"; Imagine Happy Cooking, where little girls can hone their baking skills to become "Mum's special helper in the kitchen"; and Imagine Fashion Designer, in which players can design their own clothes and dress models.

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