EA, Hasbro and XBLA in steamy menage a trois over Family Game Night

The EA Hasbro division have been working on adaptations of the latter name’s library of classic board games for a while now under their Family Game Night brand. A collection of such sundry offerings was released for the PS2 and Wii back in November. When it came time to get Microsoft in on the fun, the threesome decided to work on something a little more, shall we say, intimate.

Family Game Night will be coming to XBLA in the form of a complete “channel” within the online service. Players will have a virtual game room to store their purchased EA Hasbro games, which they will be able to customize with themes and furniture as well as display trophies representing their assorted accomplishments in the games. Once festooned with all manner of cack, players will be able to share their room with others on the service, enabling them to be mocked, heckled and ostracized for being such utter dorks that they would think anyone else might give a rat’s ass.

On title alone, the games they have announced as coming this Spring aren’t anything to get jazzed about. Yahtzee, Sorry!, Boggle, Battleship and Connect Four have never been games that I thought demanded an appearance on a console, but EA Hasbro is promising that there will be new gameplay modes to put a bit of a twist on these relics.

Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to look them over at CES this week and give some impressions. Since I love board games (not so much Hasbro, because they are the worst kind of corporate whores) and want them to be more popular, I really want this to be explosive but to hope for a happy ending at this point would be premature.

 

Conrad Zimmerman